The 12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails

These little Russian Tea Cake Cookies bring back childhood memories in just two bites. Also known as pecan snowballs, perfect round sugar coated cookies are perfect for your next cookie tray.

Russian Tea Cake Cookies {Pecan Snowballs} in a red bowl | Kita Roberts
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What is a Russian Tea Cake?

Russian tea cake cookies… I don’t think I knew such a thing even existed until I was an adult. My dad makes the best chocolate chip cookies ever. And his chocolate peanut butter ones are a must have. I recall rolling sugar cookies with him a few times as a child too… but these light melt in your mouth perfect little bites I discovered much later in life while baking with a friend. Her family made spritz cookies and pecan snowballs along with several other and there was no going back, my love of chocolate chip cookies always on top, but now a new cookie would occasionally sneak in and cause a craving or two.

Her family called them Pecan Snowballs. These cookies can masquerade under several local names. Variously referred to as Pecan Susans, Snowball Cookies, or even butterballs depending on your heritage. They are white, powdery, and delicious by any name.

Its weird how we can associate a taste to one person. Connecting it forever in flavor to that one person who you hold dear. My fathers cookies, my friends spritz, your grandmother’s pasta sauce… the list goes on and on. These aromas and flavors so deeply bonded to our memories that nothing, no matter how great, can ever replace that one bite. These may not be the same picture perfect recipes you see on he cover of magazines. Maybe mom buys extra large eggs to bake with, or Poppop cooks with margarine and not Unsalted butter. Whatever those simple nuances are, they make those recipes special. They embed them on your tongue and in your memory to recall for years to come.
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Russian Tea Cake Cookies {Pecan Snowballs} on a baking tray | Kita Roberts

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Russian Tea Cake Cookies {Pecan Snowballs} | Kita Roberts

Russian Tea Cake Cookies {Pecan Snowballs}

These little Russian Tea Cake Cookies bring back childhood memories in just two bites. Also known as pecan snowballs, perfect round sugar coated cookies are perfect for your next cookie tray.
5 from 2 votes
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Author: Kita Roberts
25 minutes
Serves: 1 Recipe


  • 16 tbsp unsalted butter - softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup pecans - toasted and finely chopped
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar


  • In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt until smooth – about 3 minutes.
  • Add the flour over low speed. Scrape down the sides and fold in the pecans.
  • Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and let set in fridge until cool about 1 hour.
  • Make sure your oven racks are at the top middle slot and bottom middle slot. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Scoop out and roll 1″ balls of dough. Arrange them 1 1/2″ apart on baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until edges begin to turn golden, rotating pans halfway through bake time.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets.
  • Place confectioners’ sugar in a bowl.
  • Roll each cookie in confectioners’ sugar before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • When cool, roll each cookie again in the confectioners’ sugar.
  • Serve and enjoy simplicity.


Cook’s Illustrated Holiday Cookies


Serving: 1g | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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Russian Tea Cake Cookies {Pecan Snowballs} | Kita Roberts


  1. One of my favorite cookies! I think I’ll start my holiday baking with these today!

    1. They may have taken a permanent spot in my top 5… ;D

  2. How many cookies does this recipe make?

    1. Hey Candice, I got about 30 out of the recipe. My cookies were a little on the large side.

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