old world russian tea cakes

old world russian tea cakes

These old world Russian tea cakes are gluten free, guaranteed delicious and you can freeez for later! Flavors of history!

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These old world russian tea cakes are part of my history. My first trip to Russia was in 1988. It was momentous. As History.com explains, Mikhail S. Gorbachev became General Secretary of the Communist Party “…in March 1985, and he launched his nation on a dramatic new course.

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His dual program of “perestroika” (“restructuring”) and “glasnost” (“openness”) introduced profound changes in economic practice, internal affairs and international relations.

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Within five years, Gorbachev’s revolutionary program swept communist governments throughout Eastern Europe from power and brought an end to the Cold War (1945-91), the largely political and economic rivalry between the Soviets and the United States and their respective allies that emerged following World War II.”

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I’ve returned to the Soviet Union two more times since then and the changes that I’ve seen have been nothing short of incredible.

From women’s activism to posh beautiful couture designer stores erupting, Russia was in a transformation that forever change the imprint of its people. One of my visits to this stunning country was in December of 1996.

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Oh my gosh, you can only imagine hold cold it is there at that time of the year.

So cold that when we landed in Moscow, the plane’s doors were frozen and couldn’t be opened.

Ironically, playing on the sound system in the airplane was the American beach song, ‘Under the Boardwalk’!

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After sitting on the tarmac for a few hours, we finally deplaned. It was an experience to remember from that moment and throughout the entire trip. 

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Of course, some of my most memorable experiences came with food and eating. My husband, Ben and I, had the privilege of being invited into the small apartment, located in a pre-WW2 building, of a family we’d met.

What captured my intrigue immediately were the number of locks, all types and kinds, on the doors. I say doors plural because the first door, made of steel, opened to the second door, made of heavy thick wood, where there were more locks and bolts.

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Yes, it was like the wild west, I think, and families that had Western luxuries like televisions, cameras, cell phones and technology were always afraid of being robbed.

Our dinner was in a small kitchen, retro style, think 1930s. We all sat snuggled in a corner booth style table passing around the amazing food family style.

Hot soup, root vegetables, whole garlic stems that had been sauteed, meat, bread, vodka, wine and, yes, dessert. Cookies. Russian Tea Cakes.

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That’s the inspiration for this recipe. In honor of and celebrating the memories of with this lovely family with whom we are still close friends and realizing our worlds, our dreams, desires and hopes, were all the same regardless of what country we were from.

Food has a way of helping us realize that we truly are one world family.  

xox ~peace & namaste~ ally

old world russian tea cakes

old world russian tea cakes

old world russian tea cakes

Yield: About 16-20 cookies


  • Preheat oven to 325
  • 1 cup coconut oil (microwave about 20" in a glass container to make into liquid form)
  • ¾ cups powdered sugar + more for dusting
  • 1 ¾ cups coconut flour
  • 1 cup almonds, ground
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. almond extract


  1. Combine the oil, powdered sugar, flour, almonds, salt, vanilla and almond extract in a bowl. Blend well with a wooden spoon. Mixture will be thick and crumbly. However, it will stick well together when shaped and rolled.
  2. Pinch out about two heaping tablespoons and roll into balls. Place on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
  3. Take a one half size measuring cup, cover it with plastic wrap then gently press down each cookie just a tad to flatten.
  4. Bake in a preheated 325 oven for about 17-20 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack. Dust with powdered sugar. Keep covered for freshness.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I am allergic to all grain & I get so excited when I find new recipe. These look delicious and I can’t wait to try them. Thank you!!

    1. OH, gosh, you’re so very welcome! These cookies are absolutely delicious. Not super sweet and perfect w/a cup of coffee or tea! Here’s something else that’s grain-free that you might want to check out. We LOVE these for snacks, topping on salads, and more. If you decide to try, please use my code ALLY at checkout! Hope to see you again soon! xoxx all https://snowdays.com/ally

  2. I love Russian Tea Cakes. I don’t make them because my family is allergic to almonds. I did think I should try this recipe ‘for me’. Do you think I can freeze them? (Then I can pull out a few at a time). I love your dessert plates, are they used for Russian Tea Cakes? They just looked like the perfect size. Thank you for all the yummy recipes. I am rather new to your site.

    1. Hi, Cynde! So happy you’re here. Yes, you can surely freeze and pull out just for YOU as you please. Be sure to wrap air tight so as not to get freezer burn. I think they’ll be good about 4 weeks. You could try walnuts instead of almonds. I haven’t done that, but I do believe it’d work just fine. Those dessert plates are actually from Russia. My husband and I traveled there several times in the 80s and 90s. I treasure them. Thank you! Please don’t be a stranger!! xoxx ally

    1. Oh, lawsy, Megan…I’m all about easy! WE’re more likely to do anything if it’s EZ!! Thanks, luv! xox

    1. Hello Sweet Ally!!! Thank you for coming to visit, luv! Hope you make and enjoy…Merry Christmas, angel!! xoxo ~ally 2

  3. I love that these are gluten free. Are they traditionally gluten-free? They look delicious!

    1. Thank yuou, Heather! No, I don’t think traditionally they are GF, but they are dang deeelish that way!! Thanks for visiting, luv! xo

  4. I love reading about your world travels and discovery of tasty morsels. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful and I bet quite TasTy cookie. I love the texture!

    1. Merry girl! This was a special one to share b/c I have so so many amazing memories and experiences from Russia…yes, from ‘Russia with Love’! xoxoThank you angel!!

  5. I always love to read about your magic carpet rides to all over the world. What a beautiful and I bet yummy cookie! xoxo

    1. It is a yummy cookie, Merry! And, it keeps for several days!! I’m eating one now w/my coffee! Wish you were her, luv bug!! xoxox

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