Christmas Russian Teacakes with Maple

These Christmas Russian Teacakes with Maple are the perfect  holiday treat for any party!

Russian Teacakes with Maple

One thing I love about Christmastime is certain cookies that you just have to have. You know, the ones that “make” Christmas, like Christmas Russian Teacakes with Maple (or Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball cookies … there are so many names for these little delights!)

My daughter and I made these a few weeks back and let me share with you my secret ingredient. I love adding 1 teaspoon of maple extract.

Mm-m-m. Delicious!

Russian Teacakes with Maple

In honor of Christmas, remembering my childhood and that fact that my mom never missed a year of making these (or if she did, my Aunt Barb made them), I want to share with you my Christmas Russian Teacakes with Maple recipe today!

I think by now, everyone is “cookied out” in blogland, but even if that’s the case, I bet as Christmas Eve rolls around, we’ll be having some friends knocking at our doors with a plate of fresh cookies, cake, or bread.

I may just have to have some plates of my Christmas Russian Teacakes with Maple ready to reciprocate.

What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

Russian Teacakes with Maple
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Christmas Russian Teacakes with Maple

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 12 dozen


  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 2/3 cup powder sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. maple extract
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 Tbsp. ice water


  • Turn oven on to 300 degrees. Cream the butter. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla and maple. Work in the flour and ice water. Knead in the nuts. Shape and roll into balls.
  • Bake on well greased cookie sheets. (You can place a pecan or walnut half on top before baking.) Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Roll in sifted powdered sugar while hot. Cool and roll again in the powdered sugar.

6 comments on “Christmas Russian Teacakes with Maple”

  1. Peanut Butter Chocolate Star cookies- we just had our cookie exchange last night and it was so much fun!!

  2. Yippee! So excited to win the scarf. Can’t wait to read the story behind the company too. Thanks so much! Btw, the Russian Tea Cakes look delicious. I have to steer away from nuts due to one of my daughters having a severe allergy to them. We love to make devil’s food cake cookies with a Rolo tucked inside and sprinkled with sugar. They disappear fast! Merry Christmas everyone!

  3. Two of my favorite cookies are butter-balls (which are pretty similar to these cookies you made), and shortbread….yummy!!! I haven’t made either in a few years. Maybe next year. I love all the cookies that are out there during this time of year.

  4. I say the same thing about these cookies (oh, by the way – I’ll be knocking on your door. ha)

    Russian Teacakes or Snowballs or whatever they’re called are certainly a must. I will say – the maple sounds yummy (different) – we add almond extract sometimes – and yours even look different than mine – I guess because I don’t add an additional nut on top.

  5. Ohhh delicious! These look amazing.

  6. 2 favorites: Chocolate Icebox Cookies and Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without them! And thanks for your recipe…I may add them into the mix for next year.

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