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Christmas Treats for Kids ~ Snowballs (Russian Tea Cakes)

Snowballs ~ Russian Tea Cakes

Today’s recipe is Snowballs, also known as Russian tea cakes and Mexican Wedding Cakes. They are soft melt in the mouth festive cookies, apt for Christmas or New Year celebrations.

Snowballs – Before baking & After baking

Snowballs – Russian Tea Cakes Recipe

Preparation: 10 mts, Baking: 15 mts



2 cups all-purpose flour/maida

1 cup butter, room temp

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

2/3 cup almonds (or walnuts/pecans), lightly toast, cool, grind to a coarse pwd with a tbsp of flour

1 cup powdered sugar for coating

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper/foil.
2 In the bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, and combine well. Add the flour, mix until combined. Add the powdered nuts and mix well. Refrigerate dough covered with a plastic wrap for an hour.
3 Prepare small balls out of the dough, and place on cookie sheet at 1 1/2″ apart. Lightly press on top with the bottom of a glass.
4 Bake for about 13-15 mts till the edges are slightly toasted or till done.
5 Cool on a wire rack. The cookies will harden. Repeat with remaining dough.
6 Place powdered sugar in a flat tray and place the slightly warm cookies in it and roll in the pwd sugar. Cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Mexican Wedding Cakes
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By • Dec 30th, 2009 • Category: All Recipes for Kids, Breakfast Recipes for Kids, Cookies - Biscuits for Kids, Snacks for Kids, Tiffin Indian Recipes for Kids

4 Responses »

  1. hi
    it is very useful for housewives. its very good

  2. Hi Sailu,
    Does this recipe require any baking powder or baking soda?


  3. There is no need for baking pwd or soda, Pratusha.

  4. Hi Sailu,
    I have tried out a lot of your recipes, and they ALL came out very well. I have a request. Do you have a good recipe for Naan Khattayi? These are a type of cookies that I used to eat when I was a child, and they melt in your mouth. Reading your description of the Russian Tea cakes reminded me of Naan Khattayi.

    You are doing a great service to the food community by giving such detailed recipes (And your photos are simply gorgeous).

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Ram in San Diego California

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