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Snowball Cookies in Cookie Tin with Wax Paper

Russian Tea Cakes (aka Snowball Cookies)

Russian Tea Cakes are rich and buttery cookies with a texture similar to shortbread. They're quick and easy to make and very festive coated in powdered sugar, which looks like snow!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 22 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 328kcal



  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Mix together the butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the flour, nuts, and salt until the dough holds together when squeezed.
  • Shape the dough into 1-tablespoon-sized balls and roll the balls between your hands until smooth.
  • Place the cookies about 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake until the cookies are set and golden brown on the bottom, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • While they’re still warm, roll the cookies in the remaining 1 cup powdered sugar.
  • Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Roll the cookies in powdered sugar a second time.



  • This recipe makes 36 cookies, which is 12 servings. Each serving is 3 cookies.
  • The butter should be softened, but not fully melted.
  • Instead of rolling these cookies in powdered sugar a second time, you can generously sift powdered sugar on top once they're cooled.
  • Store Russian Tea Cakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Serving: 3cookies | Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 473IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg