Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies have many different names. Some call it a "Russian Tea Cakes", others a "Butterball". A Mexican Wedding Cookie is simple to make and is a mixture of sugar, butter, flour and nuts. This is my first time making Mexican Wedding Cookies and I have no idea how this will turn out. This recipe comes from Paula Deen. Just by looking at the ingredients, I hope this cookie doesn't end up tasting like Butter Pecan Ice Cream. That's the one flavor I absolutely hate. That and rainbow ice cream. They are absolutely gross! Anyway, I made the dough which was fairly simple since it didn't require much ingredients. After the dough was made, you can either make the cookies in crescents or balls. I decided to make them into crescents. I baked and let them cool just a bit. I tried one by itself without powdered sugar and they weren't sweet at all. They definitely needed that coating of powdered sugar. Overall, these cookies were pretty good. They didn't taste like Butter Pecan Ice Cream. In texture, these cookies were very "sandy" which I kind of liked because it's a new texture than a chewy chocolate chip cookie. These were buttery, nutty from the pecans, and slightly sweet from the powdered sugar. Here's the recipe.

Mexican Wedding Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for coating baked cookies
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting hands
1 cup pecans, chopped into very small pieces

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar at low speed until it is smooth. Beat in the vanilla. At low speed gradually add the flour. Mix in the pecans with a spatula. With floured hands, take out about 1 tablespoon of dough and shape into a crescent. Continue to dust hands with flour as you make more cookies. Place onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 40 minutes. When cool enough to handle but still warm, roll in additional confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks.

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-Aaron John
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