Mexican Wedding Cookies : Yields around 20 cookies
(Recipe Source: Paula Deen from www.foodnetwork.com)
- ½ cup ( 1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for coating baked cookies
- ¼ tsp nutmeg, powdered ( OR 1 tsp vanilla extract as per original recipe)
- ½ cup + 6 tbsp all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting hands
- ½ cup pecans, chopped into very small pieces
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Line cookies sheets with parchment paper or no- stick aluminum foil.
- Cream the butter and sugar at low speed, using an electric mixer, until it is smooth. Add the powdered nutmeg and start the mixer again and slowly add the flour (½ cup + 6 tbsp) in small quantities. Once it is mixed well, stir in the pecans with a spatula.
- You can make the cookies in any shape you want. For the crescent shape mentioned in the original recipe, dust your hands with some flour and scoop out about 1 tbsp dough and shape into a crescent; else you can make them into small balls or footballs or slightly flatten the dough in your dusted palms and use a cookie cutter to get your preferred shapes. You may also make drop cookies by dropping about 1 tbsp dough onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake for about 40 minutes and when cool enough to handle but still warm, roll in additional confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks. You may also sprinkle sugar on top using a small strainer.
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