Russian Tea Biscuits

I am sitting here looking at this plate of deliciousness…

Flaky little biscuits filled with (my favorite) raspberry jam, walnuts and golden raisins.

Topped with cinnamon sugar….

Do I have your attention now?

I know, it’s been a while since I’ve shared delish with you…I finally have my mojo back from vacation and am ready to dive in!

Dive in to raspberry jelly…

This morning I dived into my recipe box and this recipe came out…

A good day for baking so here we go…

Mix 4 cups of flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 3 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. of salt in a large bowl.

Make a depression in the center.

Combine 1/2 cup oil, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 tsp. vanilla and 3 eggs.

Pour into the well and gradually mix together until a dough forms.

Knead briefly.

Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for a few hours.

Divide dough into four parts.

Roll each piece into a 6 x 14 rectangle.

Spread with soft butter…

and raspberry jam…


Scatter with golden raisins and chopped walnuts over jam.

Beginning at the long end, roll dough up jelly-roll fashion.

Cut each log into 10-14 pieces.

Roll top in sugar/cinnamon mixture.

Place on parchment paper on cookie sheets.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes…

Make a cup of tea…

and indulge…

a good day for baking, no?


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33 comments on “Russian Tea Biscuits

  1. claire @ the realistic nutritionist on said:

    These look INCREDIBLE. Beautiful photography!!

  2. The Russian biscuits look great!! I bet they are a tummy filler too. Really love the photo, nice post. Thanks for sharing.

  3. These look fantastic and I can almost smell their sweet yumminess! We have a Harvest Potluck at the end of October and I think I will make them for everyone but re-name them something like ‘Brains and Bones’ Biscuits. We have to go with a spooky theme for the food!
    Thank you!

  4. Elyse @The Cultural Dish on said:

    Omg! These look incredible! I love your photos… they are making me crave these right now!!

  5. Carol Rives on said:

    Oh, how I can’t wait to try these scrumptious looking treats! Your photos are amazing!!

  6. Carol Rives on said:

    Since you are one of my favorite bloggers… I feel compelled to pass on the “Versatile Blogger Award” to you!

  7. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker on said:

    These look like my perfect kinda treats, i love anything with that fruity jammy pastry like combo so would love these im sure! Gorgeous :)

  8. I have had russian tea biscuits from a bakery in “Heinens” grocery in Cleveland and also “Dorothy Lane Market” in Springboro, Ohio!!! I love them.
    So, I typed in Russian Tea Biscuit Recipe …..clicked on Images….
    There they were!!!! Beautiful russian tea biscuits, on a teal green plate,
    with a white doily!!! Those were the ones to try, YOURS!!!
    Easy!!! Beautiful!!! Delicious!!!! I have made them three times…..
    THANKS!!!!! Better than both bakeries……

  9. MusicCityMissy on said:

    I just ran across a reference to a Russian Tea Biscuit while searching for another recipe and then did a search for them. Your blog came up first and I am jumping for joy. We went to Cleveland, OH for a convention WAY WAY back – I am guessing it’s been about 18 years ago – the Cleveland Indians were in 1995. We were walking around after getting there and hungry so we went into a Russian Deli/Bakery not too far from the convention center and the pastrami sandwich was great but we kept going back for this ‘pastry’ that I have never been able to find out what it was nor the name of the bakery. Your pictures are the first that look like what we had. I can’t wait to make them for my husband!!! Thank you so much.

    • A Kitchen Muse on said:

      I know exactly where you are talking about – I wish I could remember the name of the place. These are very close to those biscuits! Enjoy!

    • Hi lived in Cleveland suburbs and found these at a bakery in Eastlake,Oh. So delicious. Haven’t found them anywhere since so I googled as well and found the recipe. They are to die for !!!!!!

      • A Kitchen Muse on said:

        Being from Akron, we would go up to Cleveland frequently for meats and bakery. I know exactly what you are talking about! This is a very close second!

  10. Patrick on said:

    I think you are remembering Davis Bakery. They had a location about two blocks from the convention center. They had a deli counter at the rear where you could get sandwiches and salads, but mostly those big glass cases full of pastries, cakes, and cookies! I work in downtown Cleveland and used to get my lunch there often. No longer there, but Davis Bakery is still doing business on the East Side. Here is a link to their site:

    They sell online! I never lived in a city that had so many great bakeries selling these russian tea biscuits. You can even find them at concession stands in movie theatres here!

    • A Kitchen Muse on said:

      I remember Davis bakery well. If I close my eyes – I can still smell the wonderful smells of baked goods when I would walk when I was a little girl!

  11. It look great!! Really love the photo, nice post. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Ingeborg on said:

    The biscuits look fantastic. Will be making them tomorrow.

  13. LOVE this recipe! Where did you discover Russian Tea Biscuits?

    • A Kitchen Muse on said:

      I live near Cleveland and in my childhood, there were so many fabulous bakeries that sold Russian Tea Biscuits! I’ve been in love with them ever since then. This recipe comes close to what I remember them being.

  14. This is a delicious recipe. Cinnamon sugar on the top is a must! Many recipes don’t call for the softened butter spread on the rolled dough but don’t omit it.
    I also add some good quality chocolate chips to the filling. Of course there are many filling options but determining those is the easy part. Apricot is great and so is a pineapple marmalade. Don’t forget poppy seed filling as an alternative either. Once the dough is rolled, let your palate chose the filling.
    By the way, in the Cleveland area, the new Lucy’s bakery at Van Aken near Warrensville (enter from the rear parking lot) makes a fantastic Russian Tea Biscuit – chocolate covered no less!

  15. I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland & we loved Davis Bakery Russian Tea Biscuits! Never could find anything like them when we moved but then I found Dorothy Lane Mrkt. They are really good as well. Love this recipe!

    • A Kitchen Muse on said:

      I loved Davis Bakery! This recipe comes very close! Enjoy!

    • Patrick on said:

      I grew up in Kettering, Ohio very near the original Dorothy Lane Market. When I moved to Cleveland and rediscovered Russian Tea Biscuits I remembered having had them from DLM as a child. Talk about a flashback!!! I am so happy to know the Mayne family and DLM is growing and doing well.

  16. Arlene Dundore on said:

    These look exactly like the ones I order every Christmas for my husband from a Cleveland bakery even though we live in NC. I will be making them for him and hope he likes them as much as he likes the ones from Cleveland. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • A Kitchen Muse on said:

      They are exactly like the ones you talk about. I live in Akron and used to frequent Cleveland bakeries often. Enjoy and God bless.

  17. Diana Wackerman on said:

    Thank you thank you for the recipie. I have looked for it forever. When we go up to Cleveland once a year, we always stop at heinens to get some. I love them. Now that I have found out how to make them, you know what I will be doing tomorrow. Thanks again, Diana

  18. Bought 3 Ryan’s today at Golden Crown Bakery across from Heinens in Mentor. Will make ur recipe and compare. So fun, tks for recipe…looks like a winner

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