Easiest-Ever Russian Tea Cakes

Prep Time: 35 min
Total Time: 55 min
Servings: 54

Have a ball—a snowball, that is—with these delicious five-ingredient Christmas cookies. Our version of this classic cookie takes a shortcut with refrigerated Pillsbury™ Sugar Cookie Dough. Add in pecans and vanilla, then roll in icing sugar for a sweet treat that’s as special as a snow day at home.


  • 1 roll (468 g) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon icing sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Stir or knead in flour, pecans and vanilla until well blended. (DO NOT EAT RAW COOKIE DOUGH AFTER COMBINING WITH FLOUR.)
  2. Shape dough into 54 (1-inch) balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 10 to 14 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool 1 minute on cooling rack.
  4. Roll warm cookies in icing sugar; place on cooling rack. Roll in icing sugar again.

Expert Tips

  • Make these cookies even more special by toasting the pecans: Spread nuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 350°F (180°C) 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light golden brown.