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Walnut Snowballs Cookies


Walnut Tea Cake Cookies

Walnut Tea Cake Cookies

Photo © Molly Watson
These easy and delicate walnut-based snowballs cookies are known as Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, and Swedish Tea Cakes - everyone wants to claim them! With their snowy exteriors, they're perfect for Christmas time. Use all regular flour, if you like, or up to a cup of buckwheat flour as indicated - the sandy texture is perfect for these delicate, sandy cookies.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: About 3 dozen cookies


  • 1 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar), divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. In a food processor, pulse the walnuts until finely minced. Transfer to a bowl. Put the butter and 1/3 cup of the powdered sugar in the food processor and pulse, stopping and scraping down as necessary, until the butter and sugar are combined.
  2. Add the vanilla and salt and whirl to combine. Add the flours and pulse to combine. Turn the dough into the bowl with the walnuts and stir to combine thoroughly. If you don't mind getting your hands dirty feel free to gently knead the dough to incorporate the walnuts.
  3. Butter two baking sheets or line them with parchment paper.
  4. Roll the dough into bite-size balls and place them on a baking sheet about an inch apart. Bake until set, about 10 minutes. Let cool a few minutes and gently roll each cookie in the remaining powdered sugar. Set the cookies on a rack and let them cool completely. Gently toss completely cooled cookies in the powdered sugar a second time. Repeat with remaining dough as necessary.
  5. Store the cookies in a tin or air-tight container. They keep a week or two.

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