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3 from 2 votes

Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes (Snowball cookies or Mexican Wedding Cake cookies) are a crumbly and buttery winter treat & a yummy Christmas cookie! Fun to make and eat - Nutella and walnuts mixed with chocolate and coated in powdered sugar 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36
Calories: 155kcal


  • 2 cup flour
  • 2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cup powdered sugar


  • Get the butter out of the refrigerator and let it sit for about 20 minutes to soften.
  • Process the walnuts in the food processor until they are well chopped.
  • Mix the flour, walnuts and sugar together in a bowl.
  • Add the softened butter, Nutella and vanilla, and mix until it is well combined and the dough starts to clump together. Chill the dough for an hour or so to make it easy to handle.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  • Roll the dough into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for about 22 minutes, until the balls are brown on top.
  • Let them cool for 5 minutes, then put the powdered sugar on a plate and roll the cookies in them.
  • Let them cool completely, and then re-roll in powdered sugar.


Nutrition facts are estimates.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 54mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Vitamin C: 0.1% | Calcium: 1.3% | Iron: 3.9%