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?

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Christmas Russian Teacakes with Maple


  • 1 ½ cups butter
  • 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.
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