Mexican Wedding Cookies
Hola! If you are celebrating Christmas tomorrow (and tonight), you must be rushing into having everything ready, or getting last minute presents, or traveling to your hometown, or relaxing because someone else takes care of everything; or, you just don't stress because holidays should be fun! Or something in between. Well, if you are still looking for a last minute present or something to take to dinner, I'll share with you a very simple and delicious cookie recipe: mexican wedding cookies!
Which, to be honest, I have no idea how they got that name in english; I've never been to a wedding who hands out these. In spanish they have a couple of different names, but my favorite one (and the cutest one, too) is "besitos de nuez", which translates to "little walnut kisses", a perfectly adorable description to what they are. These are crunchy, crumbly, nutty and buttery bite-sized biscuits that leave your hands dusted in powdery sugar as you reach for seconds and thirds. I won't delay it any more since you might use the recipe for a last minute thing, or take your time and bake these with your family tomorrow morning. Or any day, really.
MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIES
makes about 40 small cookies
- 1 cup walnuts
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar*
- 1/4 cup honey*
- 1 cup butter (softened)
- 1 tbsp amaretto (or vanilla extract, rum, orange liquor, etc)
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2+ cup powdered sugar (for coating)
*SWEETENER: you can substitute the honey and sugar mix for 3/4 cup of sugar (any kind), or adjust the dough to your desired sweetness. The mix is egg-less so you can taste it confidently.
- In a food processor, blender or mortar & pestle, crush the walnuts to small pieces. You can have a couple larger pieces, don't worry.
- In a bowl, use a mixer (or a whisk) to cream the butter until it becomes paler and fluffier. Add the honey and sugar (or sweetener of choice) and amaretto. Mix well.
- Incorporate the flour and salt until a sticky dough forms. Add the crushed walnuts and use a spatula to mix it all together.
- Form a ball and cover it using plastic wrap, place in the fridge for at least 10 minutes until it firms up.
- Preheat your oven to 350F° (180C°)
- Form small balls with the dough and place them on a baking sheet. They should have a bit of separation between them, they don't expand that much while baking.
- Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes until the tops are a bit golden brown.
- Remove the tray from the oven and let them cool. They should firm and crisp up as they cool down.
- In a small bowl, place about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and toss a cookie at a time around the sugar until it is slightly coated.
These cookies are super easy to make and bake pretty fast, specially in colder weather because you don't need to rest the dough in the fridge for long since the butter melts much slower. You can place them on a nice bowl, plate, mug or cute bag tied up with string to give away as gifts. And these are perfect for dipping in hot beverages as well, so they can be given out in any special occasion. Even weddings perhaps, heh.
If you are celebrating Christmas, may you have a merry one, if you are not, happy holidays or happy december! There's still one more post awaiting before the end of the year, and a bunch of new things planned for this blog for 2016! So grab a cup of warm tea with milk, and start dipping your cookies to enjoy your day.