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Russian Tea Biscuits Recipe

Russian Tea Biscuits

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Original recipe makes 3 - 6 dozen Change Servings


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Combine flour and salt and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and confectioners' sugar blending well. Beat in vodka. Gradually blend in flour/salt mixture. Fold in chopped hazelnuts.
  4. Break off dough in walnut sized pieces and roll into balls. On ungreased baking sheets place balls 1-1/2 inches apart. Flatten slightly. Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly colored. Sprinkle hot cookies with confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 23, 2002

I made these cookies with finely chopped, lightly toasted pecans instead of hazelnuts and they turned out very tasty, light and crisp. However, the recipe doesn't make as many as it promises -- I even scaled up to 72 servings, and this produced less than 3 dozen cookies (my "walnut sized" lumps of dough were about a rounded teaspoon full). The dough was very quick to make in a mixer, though, and satisfying to work with. Thanks for this recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 29, 2002

I also found these did not make the promised number. I had to add more butter as the mixture was too dry & there was no way the metric version would stick together. Nice taste tho & I'll try again with the original version.


8 Ratings

Feb 27, 2009

My husband is Russian and when he tasted them they were by far the best that I have tried to replicate. They are so moist and just melt in your mouth. We will definatly be using this recipe again.

Nov 13, 2007

Excellent recipe! I followed it exactly with the exception of adding chopped hazelnut since I couldn't find it in the store. I added pecans instead and it was very good. This recipe is simple and quick to make! Thanks for sharing!

Feb 22, 2010

These are very easy to make but come out very dry.

Dec 29, 2009

it was so dry

Mar 06, 2007

these are very simple, not excessively sweet and full of hazelnut flavor. I added some baking powder (as much as salt) and they puffed up lightly + tasted delicious.

May 13, 2014

I make this for "tea" for my kids. It's a dry shortbread cookie, but very tasty. Their classmates ask me to make some for them!


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  • Calories
  • 53 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 3.5 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.6 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 26 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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