Russian Teacakes Done Right

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Cakes, cheesecake, cookies, pies, bars…you name it, I bake it!

So much yurm!

With Christmas lurking, it’s time to start thinking about introducing something new along with your something traditional.

In our house, Russian Teacakes are a longtime fav.

Yet…they aren’t my favorite.

I like ’em, I’ll eat ’em, but they’re a little ho-hum, which got me to thinking how I might make them better.


Oops, too late!


You don’t know what a Russian Teacake is?

It’s very much like a Mexican Wedding Cookie.

A light delicious ball of cookie, rolled in confectioner’s sugar.

So. Good.

These are so sought after, I have to make multiple batches to keep the hoarding to a minimum.

How to take them from ho-hum to OH, YUM! was my challenge.

I think I figured it out:

Russian Teacakes With a Delicious Twist


Seriously, isn’t everything better with caramel?!

I unwrapped a Kraft caramel, cut it in half, molded the cookie dough around it, then baked as usual.


I wouldn’t blame you if you added this cookie to your holiday plate, too.

Just prepare for the run on ’em.

Russian Teacakes


1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

Kraft Caramel Candies, unwrapped and cut in half

Powdered sugar


Heat oven to 400ºF.

Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together.

Shape dough around caramel piece and into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack.

Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.


Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

You can’t go wrong with these cookies.

Happy Baking, mah babies.

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  1. My Momma makes something similar called “Sand Tarts” with pecans and she makes them crescent shaped. They have never been my favorite cookie of hers but with the addition of caramel, that may turn me around to that way of thinking. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Debi @MomOnMars says

    Those sound so good. I wonder what would happen if you put chocolate in the middle. Or peppermint (with a little peppermint extra). Or white chocolate. Oh, you’ve inspired me!

  3. Those looks yummy! I pinned them.

  4. These look delish! I’ve pinned the recipe for future use 🙂

  5. Gorgeous cookies! I pinned ’em 🙂

  6. Oh. My. Goodness. Oh. My. Freaking. Nervanadelicious. Oh. My. NirFREAKINvana – you are right. I love these little cookies but the addition of caramel is genius! Reminds me, when reading this, of these little dulce de leche cookies I used to buy at a Cuban bakery in Los Angeles. Thank you so much for sharing this! Stopping in today from Lisa’s Grand Social

  7. It seems though, that the nuts have been omitted from the ingredients list in recipe. Don’t you use pecans?

  8. Yay! An already-favorite made even more amazing with CARAMEL! I think you have just single-handedly thawed the Cold War (does anyone even remember that, lol??).

    Visiting from the Grand Social!

    Love, Joy

  9. omg they look great!

  10. OMG caramel. I do believe I will bookmark this recipe. I make a butter nut cookie similar to these at Xmas so this kind of cookie is one of my favorites. And …hmm…well I have caramel sundae syrup in my cupboard and I have caramel apple dip in my fridge, so you get the picture 🙂

  11. Oh, does this bring back memories! When I was a girl, I went next door to Rhonda’s house to make Russian Tea Cakes every Christmas and she came to my house to bake Hanukkah cookies. So I remember the Russian Tea Cakes for their pure yumminess and for the friendship/fun of baking with her and her Mom. Thanks for the reminder! And the addition of caramel – pure genius!

  12. I really don’t like Russian Tea Cookies but I will give yours a whirl. Because I LOVE CARMEL.

  13. We have Mexican wedding cookies down here but no caramel inside! YUM!

  14. These not only look good but you make it seem easy too. I’ll have to make these this season. Thanks, Patti!

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      These are some of the easiest cookies to make. Most difficult part is rolling them in the sugar right out of the oven…so hot!

  15. Visiting from You’re Going To Love it. Wow, nice twist on an old fav. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  16. Kat Curling says

    Yum! I can’t wait to start baking this season! This is on my list!

  17. Russian tea cakes were once a Christmas Cookie staple in our house. I would literally eat them about 3 at a time before washing them down with a glass of milk…my little face covered in powdered sugar! Who would’ve thought to add caramel!?!?!?!

  18. These are my favorite cookies. I grew up eating these during my holidays. I would stuff my face when no one was looking. I was so addicted to them and still are…. yummy!!

    Take care and now i will be making them this weekend! Thanks to you!!


  19. These sound delicious. Thanks for the recipe and Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  20. Hi! You GOT IT RIGHT! In Peru where I’m from, we make these cookies similar to your recipe but the cookie part is flat and then the caramel is sandwiched among both flat cookies! HEAVENLY!
    Visiting from domestic Superhero linky!

  21. OMG, with Carmel, you are my kinda woman! I’d love for you to add this to my link up party “Friday Follow Along Party”

  22. Lol, Patti, I just had to come and visit these again. How many visits until you make a batch of these and mail ’em to me? 😀 They look even better today, if that is even possible.

    Visiting from the Sweet Tea Social!

    Love, Joy

  23. Michelle @ Life on the Horizon says

    I have a recipe similar to this – but I’m pinning this one and going to try it. LOVE IT!

  24. You are very clever adding the caramel in! I make the Mexican teacakes and love them with nuts. These are a must try!! Pinned! Visiting from It’s Fall Y’all Link Party.

  25. These look so awesome and pretty easy to make! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

  26. Lorraine @ Cookin' For the Seven Dwarfs says

    Oooh la la! These look and sound amazing! This is one of my features this week on Sweet & Savoury Sundays! 🙂 Hope to see you again this week!


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