Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Virtual Cookie Exchange

This virtual cookie exchange is hosted by Tracy/Gothic Butterfly, click here to see all the recipes. 

Mexican Wedding Cookies

A simple cookie whose resemblance to a snowball makes them a fun holiday cookie.  They're fragile, so handle them gently when you roll them in the powdered sugar.

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, plus more as needed
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts (you can use hazelnuts, pecans or almonds)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Use an electric mixer to beat the butter until light and fluffy.  Add 3/4 cup of confectioners' sugar and cream together.   

Combine the flour, salt, and chopped nuts in a bowl.  Add the dry ingredients to the dough and beat until just combined.  Stir in vanilla.

Shape the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or as long as 2 days (or wrap very well and freeze indefinitely).

Heat the over to 350 degrees.  Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and bake on ungreased baking sheet until the tops are just turning brown and the bottoms are golden brown, 10-12 minutes.  

Put the remaining confectioners' sugar in a pie plate or shallow bowl.  Cool the cookies on the sheets just enough so you can handle them; use a spatula to transfer them in batches to the plate of sugar.  Roll each cookie in the sugar until coated and then transfer to a rack to finish cooling.   Roll them in sugar again once cooled.  Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature for no more than a day or two.


  1. These look really good..I will have to give them a try.


  2. These look yummy Keli! Can't wait to try em.

  3. this is one of my favorite cookies to make/exchange.

  4. They sound yummy and something that Hayden can help me with. He is really into cooking and baking.

    Can't wait to try them !