Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mexican Wedding Cakes

We had a mini Cinco de Mayo celebration at work and I decided to make these buttery cookies. They are so good they melt in your mouth! Toasting the walnuts adds an extra nutty flavor to these cookies. Make them for your next fiesta!



Mexican Wedding Cookies
Makes 64 cookies

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups walnut halves
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt

Topping:
1 cup confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Place the walnuts on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake nuts until toasted and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Let the walnuts cool completely.

Once the walnuts have cooled, place them in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add 2 tablespoons flour to the nuts in the food processor. Pulse until finely chopped, but be careful not to turn them into a paste. Set aside. Combine the remaining flour with the salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture gradually, beating until combined. Stir in the chopped nuts. Cover the dough and chill for 1 hour.

Roll the dough onto 1-inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on nonstick baking sheets. Bake the cookies, turning halfway through baking, until the edges are lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and place on wire racks to cool for about 5 minutes.

Line a flat working surface with waxed paper. Sift 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar over the waxed paper. Place the cookies on the sugar. Sift the remaining sugar over the cookies. Let cool completely.

(Each cookie is 2 pts.)

3 comments:

Ira said...

they look so good I'm going to try them and bring them to my WW meeting.
keep up the good work. I've tried so many of you recipes, they are so easy to make and taste fantastic.
thanks again
IN

Anonymous said...

you're so international
—Melissa

Anonymous said...

es muy bien senora, gracias