Pecan Russian Tea Cakes

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While I enjoyed making Russian Tea Cakes with Christmas sprinkles, I also wanted to make the traditional Russian Tea Cakes, with powdered sugar.  For my sprinkle version, I used hazelnuts.  For the traditional ones, I used pecans.

These cookies are so easy to make and they practically melt in your mouth and aren’t too sweet.  I don’t know why I never made these before.  These are definitely going to become regulars for my holiday cookie menu.

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Russian Tea Cakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Russian
Servings: 36 cookies
These cookies are so easy to make and they practically melt in your mouth and aren't too sweet.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecan I put mine through my food processor
  • confectioners' sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream butter and vanilla until smooth. Combine the 6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar and flour; stir into the butter mixture until just blended. Mix in the chopped pecans. Roll dough into balls about 3/4 of an inch Anything bigger and they tend to spread and flatten. Place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Roll the cookies in a bowl of confectioners' sugar once they are cooled.


Recipe adapted from All Recipes

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Pecan Russian Tea Cakes

One comment on “Pecan Russian Tea Cakes”

  1. Thanks for sharing such tasty recipe. It is very easy to make. Looks delicious! Keep posting such nice recipes.

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