We also called these Russian Teacakes growing up. These are some of my favorite cookies and they are so simple to make.
1 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. finely chopped walnuts
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix thoroughly butter, sugar and vanilla. Work in flour, salt and nuts until dough holds together. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown. While warm but not hot, roll in powdered sugar. Cool. Roll in sugar again.