12 Days of Christmas Recipes/ Cookies

Easy Russian Tea Cakes

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After reading the recipe title you may be asking yourself exactly what is a Russian Tea Cake? Well these cookies are also referred to as Mexican Wedding Cookies, Danish Wedding Cookies, Snowballs, or even Butterballs. But no matter what you may have heard them called, they are delicious, rich, buttery, and double rolled in sugar for some added sweetness. For as long as I can remember these cookies have made an appearance during Christmas time and I could not pass up the chance to share them with you.

I also know that it is during the week and you are probably short on time, but you have nothing to worry about because for this recipe we will cheat a little (I won’t tell if you won’t) and use the refrigerated Pillsbury Sugar Cookie roll. These are in abundance in the grocery stores this time of year and I was even able to grab a couple Value Size rolls…they will surely not go to waste in my house.


  • 1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup finely chopped pecans
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup plus 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350ºF.


In large bowl, break up the sugar cookie dough, then stir or knead in flour, chopped pecans, and the vanilla extract until well blended.

Shape the dough into 54 (1-inch) balls and place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 10 to 14 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheets and cool slightly on a cooling rack.

Lastly roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar and place back on the cooling rack to completely cool and then roll them in the powdered sugar again.



Original Recipe from Pillsbury ….this is not a sponsored post.

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