Ingredients for - Chef John's Russian Tea Cakes

1. Unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup
2. Finely chopped toasted walnuts 1 cup
3. Confectioners' sugar, packed ⅓ cup
4. Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon
5. Salt ⅛ teaspoon
6. All-purpose flour 2 cups
7. All-purpose flour 2 tablespoons
8. Confectioners' sugar for dusting, or more as needed 1 cup

How to cook deliciously - Chef John's Russian Tea Cakes

1 . Stage

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Arrange a rack in the center position of the oven. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone mat.

2 . Stage

Place butter, walnuts, 1/3 cup packed powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl. Top with 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour. Mix with clean hands until dough starts to clump up. Keep mixing by hand until all flour and clumps of butter are evenly mixed into dough.

3 . Stage

Scoop out dough and roll by hand into uniformly round balls, just slightly larger than 1 inch. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

4 . Stage

Bake in the preheated oven until lightly golden, 15 to 25 minutes depending on the size of cookies.

5 . Stage

Let cool for exactly 5 minutes, then roll warm cookies in 1 cup confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl. Let cookies cool completely, then toss them again in confectioners' sugar.