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Kartoshka (Potato) Pastry – Rum Balls

This one is definitely not native to Russia but is quite popular there year round. I’ve only recently realized how easy these are to make and require absolutely no baking or prep work.

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  • 1 package (~7oz) of sweet tea biscuits
  • ½  cups of pecans or walnuts
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1.5 sticks of softened butter (unsalted)
  • 1 shot of rum (cognac can be used instead)
  • Dry coconut shavings if desired


First you’ll have to crush the tea biscuits and pecans into a flour or slightly more coarse consistency. Using a food processor helps a lot.

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Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.

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Use a large spoon to slowly mix the ingredients together. It will first form clumps, but the longer you work at it the more butter will be mixed into the ingredients. You want to reach a sticky, uniform, mix that can be rolled into balls.

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Roll the mix into balls and coat in coconut shavings if desired. Chill and serve!

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  1. Ekaterina says:

    Hello, I just discovered your site and find it beautiful … I am originally from Belarus but I live in Italia. I tried this recipe for a long time. I do not understand one thing: when you type in the ingredients stick of butter 1.5 what is the exact amount? Compilmenti for the site.

  2. sputniktomorrow says:

    1 stick of butter is 4oz or 0.5cups. So 1.5 sticks of butter is 0.75cups of butter. Though a little more may be needed to make the pastries stick together. Good luck!

  3. sara says:

    Can I use margarine instead of butter??? Thank you very much for this website!!!

  4. sputniktomorrow says:

    Margarine should work, I’ve never been able to taste the difference.

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