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Mexican Wedding Cookies

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Here's the world's simplest recipe for a batch of scrumptious Mexican Wedding Cookies. I used all pecans in this version but it's worthwhile to experiment with other nut types. Don't forget a final sprinkling of powdered sugar and cinnamon. So good! Oh, and about the name: These cookies most definitely can be enjoyed as often as you want, not just weddings!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup butter (1 full stick)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (plus more to coat)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

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Directions

  1. Toast the pecans for a few minutes in a dry skillet over medium heat.
  2. Crush the pecans into small pieces and set aside. (Note: I used a food processor for everything in this recipe.)
  3. Add 1 cup room temperature butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar to the food processor, along with 1 teaspoon vanilla. Combine well.
  4. Add 2 cups flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the mixture. Combine until a dough has formed.
  5. Add the dough to a mixing bowl and stir in the pecan pieces. Let this dough chill in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.
  6. Form golf-ball-sized rounds with the dough and roll them in powdered sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350ºF or until they just start to turn golden brown. (I used a standard-size baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easy cleanup.)
  7. Let cool for a few minutes and then give them a final sprinkling of powdered sugar and cinnamon. Serve immediately and store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Chef Notes

I've tried this recipe using half pecans and half almonds but prefer it with 100 percent pecans. I like these best when they are small. Larger-sized ones can taste dry. I used a food processor for this recipe but a mixer works just as well. I used salted butter for this batch. If you're using unsalted butter, I would probably add another pinch of salt when making the dough.

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