Friday, January 25, 2013

Mexican Wedding Cookies




Wife's almost-nightly CNY baking spree continued with these Mexican Wedding Cookies. She had been liking these pecan shortbread balls since the first time she baked them a while ago. I could fully understand her liking for these cookies. When I was taking these photos, the heavenly aroma of pecan nuts, cinnamon and shortbread filled the kitchen air. Although it was past midnight and I was ready to go to bed after the shots, I could not resist and popped a few of these heavenly treats into my mouth.

These cookies are great for CNY or any occasions. Actually, you do not need a good reason to enjoy them.  Be warned! If you don't try it you are missing out!


Mexican Wedding Cookies
Adapted from "Chef's Wan's Sweet Treats" by Chef Wan Ismail

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (240g) chopped pecans
1 cup (240g) butter
1/2 cup (120g) powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence

1/2 cup (120g) powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Mix together flour, salt and pecans.

In another bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla essence.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until a dough forms. Shape the dough into marbles. Place on a greased baking tray and bake at 175C for 15 minutes until golden. 

Remove and place on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar, followed by ground cinnamon. Place in paper cups to serve.








I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover.

38 comments:

  1. Hi Alvin
    I have heard and heard and come across about this yummylicious cookies from some sites..... I do wanted to bake it but oh....pecans are so costly here so this is why I had some hesitation to go for it though I can use walnut as substitute..... hopefully one day I will bake this. Your wife made so beautiful and well bake this cookies. Give her a good big hug!

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    1. Yes Mel, you can use any of your favourite nuts if pecan is not available.

      Haha.. yes big BEAR hug! :)

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  2. Hi Alvin, I have this book too! Have never used pecans in biscuits, I think it must be really fragrant.

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    1. Hi Mich! I'm sure we have more books in common!

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  3. Beautiful bake... :D
    Heard of Mexican wedding cookies thru FB, I must try and bake some.
    I cant resist anything with pecan too, just bought a packet, its exxy :(

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    1. Thanks Lisa! Ya, pecan is not cheap.

      You have a FB for your blog too? I just started mine but I'm having some limitation. Just found out that I created as a "Business " account to administer the "Page", not a personal account. As such, I'm unable to send PM to others (unless they initiate) and add comments on others' posts. I can't even LIKE others.

      Anyone any suggestion or can share your experience? PM me at FB or write to me: chefnsommelier@gmail.com

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  4. Hi Alvin, These cookies look so pretty and I love pecan nuts!

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  5. The name has a nice ring to it - mexican wedding cookies, how pretty! Never tried them but certainly sounds nice.

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  6. you guys are really getting me in the mood for cny! i can smell pecans, cinnamon and butter across the screen! ^^

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    1. Huh Esther! All thanks to Sonia for organising the CNY event. Like what you said, the festive mood is everywhere in this cyber community!!!

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  7. Hmmm...pecan. My friend just gave me some mixed nut cookies - I see a lot of chrysanthenum seeds. I just blogged about that and a whole lot of other things. ;)

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    1. Hi Arhtur! Ok. Will check out that post of yours.

      So tell me Arthur, looking at these cookies, do they conjure some images in your mind too? HaHa!

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  8. By looking at the amount of butter it can tell this is one type of rich buttery cookies. Like their snowy makeup :)

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    1. Hi Vivian! Ya... it's quite buttery... that's why I like! :)

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  9. Hi Alvin, this cookies look addictive and awesome. I go make coffee to go with your cookies. I left a message in FB... I'm bringing tupperware. LOL Excellent click.

    Have a great weekend, regards.

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    1. Hi Amelia! Welcome Welcome... How big is your tupperware? :)

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    2. Hi Alvin, I'm not greedy.... I bring 4in x 4in tupperware will do. LOL
      But yours is ready pack... maybe bigger canister? hahaha...

      Best regards.

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  10. Alvin, I saw this recipe somewhere but wasn't interested. But I'm somehow sold by your wife's Mexican Wedding cookies! You are a good promoter har! har! Pecans are so expensive but I will splurge just for this festive season :)

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    1. LOL! PH, my wife has to thank me for that then...

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  11. I think the first time I had pecan was when I ate this delicious chocolate pecan pie at a thanksgiving dinner back in States. I really like it! Pecan is much cheaper in States, but here in Sg...it's like a luxury to even have some! But it's CNY! A little extravagant is good, lol! Love the cookies, yum!

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    1. Hi Bee... Life is too short to skip treats like this... esp CNY...

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  12. Great photos, Alvin. I should try n persuade my Hubby to take food photos for me too :P

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    1. Thanks Yen! Yes you should and I'm sure he will be more than willing... having enjoyed going to the many restaurant reviews with you...

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  13. wowe,e, now even cny cookies go mexican eh? :P your wife's amazing. I'm kind of glad I'm in london and not at home in singapore, because by now I'll prob already be gorging like mad on all these cny goodies!

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    1. Hey Shu Han! How's the CNY mood now in London? Are you coming back home for CNY?

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  14. First time I hear about this Mexican Wedding Cookies but sounds yummy.

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    1. Hi Veronica! The name does not matter... As long as it tastes great!

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  15. Alvin , I think I can even smell the heavenly aroma of those pretty cookies here ! lol So much cookies to bake so little time :D

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    1. Thanks Anne! Totally agree... so many amazing recipes shared during this CNY period and so little time!!

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  16. i 'think' i have this book too..you see i have so many books that sometimes i even forgotten about it..could be the same one. Tell your wife that the cookies look very lovely, i'm sure they taste even greater..oh, not forgetting the photographer did an excellent job on shooting the cookies:)

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    1. Hi Lena! I'm sure all foodies have loads of cookbooks at home...

      Haha... Thanks!

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  17. I've heard of this Mexican wedding cookies. Your wife is so lucky, she bakes and you snap the pics and good clicks too! I'll have to DIY everything myself, in fact I think most fellow bloggers do. One question, if we store the cookies, will the icing sugar 'disappear' after some time?

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    1. Hi Cheah! I have to shoot and cook when I'm preparing for my own recipe posts too! :)

      Store the cookies in air-tight containers... The icing sugar will be okay.

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  18. Thanks so much for the quick response, Alvin!

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  19. Hi Alvin,

    Do I hv to wait for the cookies to cool before dusting with powdered sugar, followed by ground cinnamon

    Is it ok to bake in paper casing?

    Thanks.

    Regards,
    Lynn

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    1. Hi Lynn! Yes, let the cookies cool down before dusting the sugar and cinnamon powder. Enjoy!

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