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Why do Americans bake Russian cookies in the USA: history and recipe


Source: "Elena in America" ​​on Yandex.Zen

Before our first Christmas together with my husband (it was in Norway in 2013), my then fiance asked: "Do they bake Russian tea cakes for Christmas in Russia, as they do in America?" - says the author of the channel "Elena in America" ​​on Yandex.Zen.

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"Eeeeeeee ..." - I replied meaningfully and rolled my eyes thoughtfully. And thoughts actively stirred in my head: what kind of “Russian cupcakes for tea”? What could it be?

It turned out that I had never met such a cookie in Russia, and if you have no idea what kind of “miracle” it is, I am glad to share it with you!

Other names for this pastry: Mexican wedding cakes, snowball cookies and butterballs.

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The exact history of the appearance of these muffins and why they are called "Russians" is unknown. There are rumors on the internet that either:

  • these cookies were served in Russia with tea (from a samovar!), and then “arrived” with immigrants in the USA;
  • the recipe was borrowed from Eastern European cuisine, from where it “migrated” to Mexican (hence the second name - “Mexican wedding cupcakes”).

I've eaten them here several times already, from different “baking masters”. To be honest, I was not particularly impressed, there are much more delicious things in Russia!

If you want to try this cookie, I share the recipe, according to which we baked it for the third year in a row.

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Russian cupcakes for tea


  • 200 g butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 + 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 glass of chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 175 C (about 350 F).
  2. In a bowl, mix the softened butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Add 6 tbsp. tablespoons of powdered sugar and flour, knead a thick dough. Add nuts to it and mix thoroughly.
  3. Form dough balls with a diameter of 1 inch (2,5 cm). Put them on a baking sheet covered with parchment, 5 cm apart.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven, and when cool, roll in the remaining powdered sugar.

Have you heard about these cupcakes?

Original blog post "Elena in America" ​​on Yandex.Zen.

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