Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Christmas has come and gone but I still have one more cookie to share with you.  These cookies have a multitude of names; Russian Tea Cakes, White Cookies but most commonly Mexican Wedding Cookies.  Although this may not be a seasonal cookie to many of you, it is to me.  I know Christmas is here when I walk into my parent's house and see a big container of these beautifully delicious white powdered sugar cookies.  Once I have my first one of the year I know the Christmas season is here.

These cookies are simple, elegent and festive.  They are a shortbread type of cookie that isn't overly sweet, but they have a nice buttery flavor.  Once these cookies are removed from the oven they are given a dose of super, extra sweetness by being tossed and covered in powdered sugar.  The addition of powdered sugar not only adds a delicious amount of sweetness but it reminds me of a fresh blanket of powdery snow.  Now if that doesn't get you in the mood for Christmas I don't know what will.
These make a terrific addition to any dessert table as well as a cookie or sweet gift basket.  If you do make them for a cookie swap or basket be sure to make a few extras because you'll catch yourself testing one or two...or maybe even three or four!  But who's counting???

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Ingredients:

1 Cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 Tsp vanilla
2 1/4 Cups flour
2 1/2 Cups powdered sugar, separated
1/4 Tsp salt
1/2 Cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and set aside.

Place butter, vanilla and powdered sugar in a bowl and cream on high until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Gradually add the flour and salt and mix until combined.  Remove from mixer and knead in the pecans until thoroughly combined.

Using a small cookie scoop, or melon baller, scoop out the dough and roll to form balls.  Place on cookie sheet about an inch apart, repeat with remaining dough.  Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until cookies are firm and dough is golden.  Remove from oven and all to cool for 2 to 3 minutes. 

Place 1 cup of powdered sugar in a plastic bag.  Working in small batches, place cookies in the powdered sugar and toss to coat.  Remove coated cookies to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.  Repeat process with remaining cookies.  Once all cookies have been coated, repeat the process to coat a second time.  Place in an air tight container to store.

Recipe source: my MaMaw

1 comment:

Dessert Darling said...

These cookies are perfect to goes with the wedding decor. These are great for planning special events. The white texture of the cookies gives a distinctive, attractive appearance to the wedding dessert table. Thanks for sharing this fabulous post.

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