Traditionally, Russian Tea Cakes were a holiday treat in our house growing up. As an adult, I’ve decided to leverage this amazing treat as a quick and easy afternoon accompaniment to some tea with friends. This recipe adds a twist of lime and a nice iced coating, leaving a deletable treat, perfect with some green tea and honey in the afternoon.
1 cup Butter
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tsp Lime Juice
Zest of 2 Limes
1 cup Walnuts, chopped
For The Icing
1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar
2-3 tbsp Lime Juice
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a mixer combine butter, sugar, vanilla, lime juice and zest and mix on medium high for about 3-4 minutes. Reduce the mixer to low speed and slowly incorporate the flour and walnuts until just combined.
Scoop the dough into 1 inch balls and roll gently. Set on a parchment lined baking sheet, Bake for 20 minutes and then remove to cool completely.
For the icing, mix confectioners sugar and lime juice 1 tbsp at a time until it just comes together in a dense yet liquid consistency. For added flair you can add a few drops of green food coloring to the icing.
Roll each cooled tea cake in the icing and set aside to cool.