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12 Days of Christmas Recipes… Day 1 – Grandma’s Russian Tea Cakes Recipe

12 Days of Christmas Recipes… Day 1 – Grandma’s Russian Tea Cakes Recipe

Russian Tea Cakes


  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1/3 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cup English Walnuts (chopped)
  • 1oz Rum
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


Whisky, brandy or other alcohol may be used in place of the rum.

You can make the dough in advance and freeze in balls.  Thaw in the refrigerator before baking.

These can be frozen after they are cooked as well, but they are best if eaten within 1 week.


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2
In a medium size bowl, sift together the flour with the salt. Toss the walnuts in with the flour to coat. If you don't do this, the walnuts may clump together.
Step 3
In a mixer, beat the butter and powdered sugar together until creamy. Add a couple spoons of the flour mixture, beat, and then add the vanilla and beat. Add another couple spoons of the flour mixture, beat, and then add the rum and beat. Finish with adding the flour and continue beating until flour is fully incorporated.
Step 4
Form into balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes (depends on the size of your balls) or until lightly browned.
Step 5
Remove from oven and immediately roll in powdered sugar while they are still warm. Let them cool completely.
Step 6
Once cooled, roll in powdered sugar again. Store in an air tight container unrefrigerated.

Today is the first day of Dish Ditty’s 12 Days of Christmas Recipes! It’s hopefully a new tradition that you will enjoy.

Another first for us and likely for any food blog… we are now going to be putting our stories and other text after the recipe. When I go look at a recipe, I rarely read the bloggers detailed diatribe about what the recipe means to them, how they came up with it, etc. unless I like what I read in the actual recipe itself. And from other articles and blog posts from non-food bloggers, I’ve seen similar sentiment. So, today marks day 1 of putting the Recipe First!

As for this recipe? I have a longer detail on my original post of Grandma’s Russian Tea Cakes Recipe, but the short story is that it is a family recipe passed down from my Grandmother. I do not know where she got it, but I’m pretty sure it came from this Polish cookbook for Americans that she gave to my mom as a wedding present. You can find the book on Amazon: Treasured Polish Recipes for Americans.


Russian Tea Cakes by Dish Ditty
Russian Tea Cakes

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