Holiday Baking | Finskies (Russian Tea Cookies)

Today I’d like to share a Ross family favorite holiday recipe with you.  My mother-in-law, Suzanne, learned how to make these delicious cookies from her grandmother when she was a child and has continued the tradition each Christmas with her own children.  Her family has always called them finskies, but others call them Russian tea cookies or tea cakes.  She shared the recipe with me so our family can continue to enjoy them for years to come and now I’m sharing it with you!

holiday baking finskies 2015

These little delights are perfect served with a cup of cocoa or eggnog.  It’s hard to eat just one!  Enjoy 🙂

finskies russian tea cookies recipe

Suzanne and I filmed a video together showing each step of the recipe:

Check out Suzanne’s YouTube channel and Facebook page dedicated to her latest passion project studying the life and work of Maria Montessori.

I’d love to know if you decide to try out this recipe.
Wishing all of you a very merry holiday!


* This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *


32 thoughts on “Holiday Baking | Finskies (Russian Tea Cookies)”

  1. These looks delicious! Thank you for recipe, I’ll definitely try to make them soon.

    One thing I would love to request, as we’re getting into the new year here and thinking about 2016 planning/goals, is your seasonal upkeep for the house. For example, I remember you said you have the garage cleaned every…May? Buy wood for the winter in October (or Nov?) Cleaning, repairs, general upkeep and seasonal things to keep in mind. I’m very new to taking care of my own home, and I’m still learning this stuff. Your home is always in such great condition, and you’re very organzied about getting things done. A post, or even a reply to this comment, with the things you remember to do each season, would be wonderful.

    Also, I know you’re taking time off for baby very soon, but do you have any plans to do a new year resolutions video like in previous years?

    1. Yes, we usually have our garage and patio power-washed in May and I generally stock up on wood in October or early November. I’d like to do a new years goals video – we’ll see how the timing works out 🙂

  2. Hi Jen! The cookies look so good I am hoping to make them for our family too.
    You and your mother-in-law(love) have such a great relationship. My mother-in-love is suffering with dementia and our relationship is not the same as it was.
    I do miss that.
    Please keep treasuring
    these moments together they will be with you forever!
    I just wanted to share some good news with you also. I sent a comment to you in May that I had to put my sweet dog, Jakey who was an American Eskimo too and was with us for 11 and a half years to rest because she was suffering from an ill heart. You were sweet and you sent me virtually hugs! Thank you! I do miss him dearly everyday still but we just got home with our new darling 8 week old miniature American Eskimo little girl, which we named, Joy! She is so sweet! I just had to share and again thank you for the videos you did with Winnie when she was a puppy. It was like a refresher course because it has been a while since we have had a new puppy in our family. She is doing great so far in her house training but she does not care too much for the leash on our short walks. Also wishing you the best with your new little one! Pregnancy looks wonderful on you and you will both make wonderful parents! Hoping and praying you have a safe and quick delivery! Happy BlessedHolidays to your whole clan!
    All my best! Beth

  3. I have had these yummy treats at parties but never knew what they were called! Thank you so much for sharing, Jen and Suzanne! I am looking forward to making them!! Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

  4. My grandmother made these every Christmas too and now I do. They are definitely a family favorite! I haven’t done the double roll in the powdered sugar though, so I’m going to try that this year. Thanks for the tip!

  5. The cookies look delicious and seem easy enough that I might take a go at them!!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful family recipe; it was fun watching you bake together!

  6. My mother makes these cookies, but she had always called them Mexican Wedding Cookies. (She is notorious for assigning wrong names to things, though. Ha!) One year we made them with our other holiday cookies, and our black-faced pug somehow climbed up to the table where they rested and ate as many as he could reach. He sauntered away unseen, thinking he was sneaky. Well, the powdered sugar left behind on his dark face implicated him! 😉 Thanks for bringing back a memory with your post!

  7. Jen,

    What is that machine you used to grind up the walnuts? Looks like something we could really use in our kitchen!


  8. Loved this! They are my mother-in-law’s favorite and I am hoping we get a chance to use your families recipe and make them (and enjoy them together). We also know them here as Mexican Wedding Cookies. I dubbed this a heritage video lol Love that your family is sharing their heritage through cooking with us. Would watch this type of video again and I thought your mother-in-law was great! Thanks for the good content. I am still trying to learn to blog. I keep looking at your videos and thinking you have an excellent business model. You are certainly an inspiration. Thanks 🙂

  9. Hi Jen! I am from Czech Republic and I have to say that these are still one of the most traditional christmas treats in former Czechoslovakia (both Czech Republic and Slovakia). The only difference is that we roll them in the shape crescent rolls and call them “vanilkové rohlíčky” 🙂

  10. It is wonderful to carry on with family traditions! Thank you to you and Suzanne for the video, I really enjoyed it and I hope to add this recipe to my Christmas cookie list. Merry Christmas to you and all of your family!

  11. Way off the cookie subject! It looks like your tummy dropped a bit. ;-)Just an observation. Baby is on her way! Love the recipe too! Thanks Jen.

  12. My Ukrainian mother-in-law made a similar recipe with the ground walnuts and powdered icing sugar. She shaped her into little crescents. They are so yummy!

  13. We just made these last night, along with sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms and rice Krispy wreaths. So many memories with my mom and sister baking and listening to Christmas music! Thanks for sharing, we will have to try this recipe! 😊

  14. My daughter Grace (14 yrs old) and I are making these tonight! May become one of our (many!) traditions! Can’t wait to pop one in my mouth! They look relish!

  15. Hi Jen,
    Don’t know if you look at old blog post comments. Made these yesterday and they were perfect! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve been following you for a long time and feel like we’re friends. Isn’t that funny. I just had my first child 5 months ago and I admire all your advice and what you have shared over the years. Hope you’re having a great holiday season!

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