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Russian Tea Cakes

One of my favorite cookies as a kid was the Russian Tea Cake. I think it may have been, in part, because I loved licking my fingers after eating the powdered sugar covered goodness, but I also loved the savory and sweet combination of the nuts and sugar. Imagine my delight when I discovered these beauties are also easily gluten-free. Not to mention super easy to make.  And fun.

Russian Tea Cakes (Gluten-free)

  • 1 c room temperature butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c buckwheat flour, 1 c brown rice flour (or two cups gluten-free flour mix of choice)
  • 1/4 c powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 c walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 powdered sugar (set aside in a small bowl)
Preheat oven to 350°F.  In a medium bowl, cream butter and vanilla and add the powdered sugar and flours. Combine until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Add nuts and shape into small balls.
Bake for 10 minutes; allow to cool for several minutes. Roll in the powdered sugar you set aside (you know it’s too soon if the powdered sugar melts instead of coating the cookies).
Allow to cool fully and roll in remaining powdered sugar again.
Serve.  Enjoy.

29 thoughts on “Russian Tea Cakes Leave a comment

  1. Second tea cake from the bottom right: is that a bite?? 🙂 They must be fab! I’ve never heard of them before though…. My favorite simple cookies are small bites of salty bread dipped in maple syrup…I’m not sure you can call them cookies but they are for sure my n1 fast-treat!


  2. I don’t know what I would call them! Never knew their name. I just thought they were Balls-o-delicious. My favourite simple cookie is probably not vegan…in fact can’t be; has butter. I love shortbread. Sugar and butter creamed to perfection. I mainly like them because they work so well with tea!!!


  3. Oh yum! I don’t think I’ve ever tried these before, but they sound great! My favorite simple cookies are snickerdoodles. So easy and delicious! I also love the chocolate truffle cookies I made over Christmas…surprisingly simple and soooo good!


  4. Aaah I want to make these right now! Do you think white wheat flour would be OK? And cashews or mixed nuts in place of the other nuts? I’m thinking about what’s in my pantry right this moment. 🙂


    • Definitely for the Whole Wheat flour – I’m not sure about the cashew substitution. I’d say the mixed nuts would be better – cashews are a softer nut but a mixture might be really good!


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