Princess Tea Cakes

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Working on this makeover of a classic Russian Tea Cake made Bridget Klein feel closer to her late sister, Gina, because they are “a great match for her personality: delicate and refined, pretty to look at, and yet a definite character that inspires adoration and loyalty.” Gina’s middle name, Sarah, means “princess,” in Hebrew; hence the name of these confections. Klein’s mom “swore these cookies couldn’t be made without butter,” she says, “until she tasted them.” Klein continues: “Gina was a traditionalist, too, but I think I might have been able to fool her with these.”

Princess Tea Cakes
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 120 minutes (40 minutes prep)

  • 3/4 cup canola oil

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup white whole-wheat flour

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar , divided

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup very finely chopped nuts , such as pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Pour oil into a medium bowl. Whisk all-purpose flour, white whole-wheat flour, 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, cornstarch and salt in another bowl.

  3. Mix half the dry ingredients into the oil by spoonfuls. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add vanilla. Mix in the remaining dry ingredients by spoonfuls until thoroughly combined. (The mixture will resemble creamed butter and brown sugar.) Stir in nuts.

  4. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls; place about 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.

  5. Bake the cookies until just set, being careful not to let the bottoms get too brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on the pan for 2 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly.

  6. When the cookies are still warm, but no longer hot, roll them in the remaining 1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar and place them back on the rack to continue cooling. (Reserve the sugar.) When the cookies are completely cool, roll them in the sugar again.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size
1 cookie
11 g
6 g
Saturated Fat
0 g
1 g
0 mg
Dietary Fiber
1 g
18 mg
8 mg
3 dozen cookies
1 other carbohydrate
1 fat

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6 replies

ladybugsluck9 2014-10-09 18:59:12 -0500 Report

Russian Teacakes are my favorite Christmas cookie!! This is my first holiday season as a diabetic :( But these cookies are going to help get through it! Thank you so much!

jenswan 2014-07-29 19:29:19 -0500 Report

Please tell me what is low carb about this recipe. It is loaded with carbs: 2 c. of sugar and 2+ c. of flour (doesn't matter that some of it is "white whole wheat" whatever that is). I'm appalled that this web site lets people post anything they want and call it low carb.