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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Cookies!

Recently I've seen a lot of magazine covers with photos of beautifully styled Christmas cookies. It's put me in the mood for some holiday baking. I even saved some new recipes to try, but in the end, partly because of my husband's request, I just went with an old favorite recipe. I've always called these Mexican Wedding Cookies. They are small cookies with a rich buttery flavor, covered in powdered sugar. Of course they are great any time of year, but I always find myself making several batches around the holidays. I thought I would share this simple recipe!
Mexican Wedding Cookies
1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
1/2 cup powdered sugar (plus more for dusting the cooled cookies)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Mix ingredients in order given. I just put everything in my food processor and process until the dough comes together.

Divide the dough in half and roll into two long rolls, each about 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Roll up in wax paper or parchment paper and chill for at least 2 hours.

Once dough is thoroughly chilled, slice into 1/4 inch discs and place on cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are slightly brown. Remove cookies and place on cooling racks or a piece of parchment paper to cool.

To decorate, roll each cookie in powdered sugar and place in an airtight container. These cookies keep well and retain their flavor and texture for several days. They are a wonderful tiny treat with a mug of hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate!


Anonymous said...

Mmmmm! I will definitely try this recipe! Have you ever made browned butter shortbread? It's amazing!

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Anonymous said...

Hi there! Me again. :)

Here is the link to the Browned Butter Shortbread. The browning of the butter really enhances the flavour, especially if you're including pecans.

Here is the link:


BTW, just wanted to say that I do enjoy your blog very much. And I think your items are just beautiful! Have a wonderful holiday!

Anonymous said...

These look delicious and something I could make! Thanks for the pictures of them, makes me want to put them on my baking list!

Catherine said...

Hey just made these biscuits. Very yummy. Thanks for the recipe!

beedeebabee♥ said...

Hi Cheryl! I've been so busy... I've missed coming to visit! I bake every year, and this recipe sounds so similar to my pecan nut balls. I'm going to make these. I really like the idea of the making a log to slice. They look delicious, and my mouth is watering! Your photos are always so lovely... and I love your new heart ornaments! Have a happy December weekend, sweet friend! Hugs, ;)

Julie said...

We call them russian tea cakes and instead of being flat ours are balls but the same in every other way. They are my family's favorite and is on the list to bake tomorrow.
Thank you for sharing. I'm having fun reading your blog. Thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas and God Bless to you and yours.