GF Russian Tea Cakes

When you want something sweet and crispy that melts in your mouth and leaves a delicate aroma of butter and vanilla, try this recipe. These tiny cookies are known all over the world by different names: Mexican wedding Cookies, Polish Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Butterballs, Pecan ball, Almond Melt Away, Snowball and Christmas Cookies. While food experts are still debating about the origin of this treat, all agree that these cookies are delicious. Taking part in this international sweet obsession, I'm happy  to share with you my gluten/grain free version of this recipe.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 20 minutes
Yields: about 24 pieces


1 cup almond flour
1 cup arrowroot flour
1 cup chopped walnuts/pecans/almonds
¼ cup sugar/coconut sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 stick butter (4oz/113gr) or 1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sugar/xylitol powder*


Preheat oven to 350F/180c

Mix in a bowl almond flour, arrowroot powder, sugar and salt.

In a small saucepan melt butter on medium heat until completely melted (careful not to burn it), then add vanilla extract to it. 

Mix vanilla-butter liquid with the dry mixture.

Add chopped nuts and mix. You will create a somewhat crumbly dough.

Create small balls – 1 tbsp size – and place them on a baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Let cool.

Sprinkle sugar/xylitol powder on top.

*To create Xylitol powder, simply grind Xylitol in a coffee grinder. Keep in an airtight container.