Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes aka snowballs or Mexican Wedding Cakes (or Dust Balls as we called them. These are my favorite Christmas cookies. Super easy and they melt in your mouth.

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Here’s my recipe:

So only the recipe card says Russian Tea Cakes. The name we actually growing up calling this fabulous little cookies by? No, not snowball cookies like the rest of the world. Our name was a little more unique. We called them Dust Balls. That’s actually the name I still call them. But for some reason, I don’t think a cookie recipe called Dust Balls would go over well to the rest of the world so I’m calling them Russian Tea Cakes once again for the sake of this post.  What name do you use for these cookies? I know others who call them Mexican Wedding Cakes too.

Now that we got the name out of the way, let me tell you that I LOVE these cookies. They are easily in my top 3 Christmas cookies to make each year. They are delicate – like little balls of shortbread rolled in powdered sugar. I also love that they aren’t overly sweet.

Do yourself a favor and make a double batch while you are at it! The 24 cookies will be gone in no time – they are that addicting. They keep well in the freezer as well.

The nuts in this recipe are optional in my book. We do it both ways. Growing up, a lot of us kids didn’t like nuts messing with our desserts but now walnuts and pecans are some of my favorite things. Do what will make your family happy.

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Russian Tea Cakes
Serves: 24 cookies
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ¾ cup chopped nuts
  • additional powdered sugar
  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Sift flour and salt. Add to butter mixture.
  3. Blend in vanilla and nuts.
  4. Form in 1 inch balls.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes.
  6. While warm roll in powdered sugar.


Russian Tea Cakes aka snowballs or Mexican Wedding Cakes (or Dust Balls as we called them. These are my favorite Christmas cookies. Super easy and they melt in your mouth.

You can go to the following blogs to see their Christmas cookie recipes.  These recipes are also first on the linky below.  

Creative K Kids — Santa’s Surprises
Simple Hacks Living — Candy Cane Snowballs
Gypsy Road — Incense & Peppermint
My Life Abundant — My Favorite Cookie with Ernest T. Bass
Home Garden Joy — Christmas Cookie Recipe Fudge Ecstasy Cookies
Barbara Vogelgesang — 12 Days of Christmas Cookies – Rainbow Cookies
From this Kitchen Table — Russian Tea Cakes – The Best Christmas Cookie Ever
Baking With Mom — Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookies
Back Home Again — Nutella Cookies
Surviving Toddlerhood — Almond Joy Cookie Bites {Grain Free, Refined Sugar Free, Egg Free}
Creative Pink Butterfly — Coconut Macaroon Recipe
The Southern Fried Bride — Peppermint Wonderland Bars
One Hoolie Mama — 5 Ingredient Christmas Cookies
Snapshots and Snippets — Snowmen Cookies

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14 thoughts on “Russian Tea Cakes

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  5. jessica

    Dust balls…haha that is great! ya I am not sure I would eat a cookie if someone said..hey try this dust ball lol. These cookies look great though! thanks for sharing at totally terrific Tuesday!
    Happy New Year

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Lol, yep just doesn’t have great appeal asking if someone wants to eat a dust ball. 🙂 Thankfully they taste a lot better than an actual dust ball. Thanks for hosting!

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