Tuesday, June 5

Mexican Wedding Cookies

It is said that the Mexican wedding cookie (also known as Russian tea cakes) originated with the Medieval Arab cultural and eventually made its way to the European and Spanish cultures where it was brought to Mexico from there. These cookies, with it's simple ingredient list and rich taste are a staple at traditional Mexican weddings. They are eaten as at the end of a wedding reception with the thought that the butters, sugars, and oils would bring about a happy life and a successful marriage.

Because the few ingredients included in this recipe are all items you probably have just laying around your house these cookies are the perfect thing to make when you're suddenly hit with a sweet tooth. Below is a simple recipe for these traditional cookies.

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for coating baked cookies
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting hands
1 cup pecans, chopped into very small pieces
wedding cookie ingredients

1. Preheat oven to 275°F (135°C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. 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 40 minutes.
crescent cookies
3. When cool enough to handle but still warm, roll in additional confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks.

finished Mexican wedding cookies

These cookies are simple and sweet without being too overbearing. The hardest part step when it comes to making these is waiting 40 minutes for it to bake in the oven! Perfect for serving at a gathering of friends, or even just snacking on a few while curled up with a good book, these Mexican wedding cookies are great for any occasion - not just weddings!

1 comment:

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

My mom always makes these at Christmas, they're SO good!

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