Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mexican Wedding Cakes for Cinco de Mayo

My late paternal grandmother hailed from Zacatecas, Zacatecas Mexico. She never told me any stories about her homeland or her childhood, unfortunately. She was bilingual, so I had no problem communicating with her, but her mother, my great-grandma Gonzales, spoke only spanish. When I visited with her, infrequently, we got by on a hug and a smile and a few nods:) What a shame that I didn't take the time to learn another language!
My grandma really wasn't much of a cook. Her specialty was Arroz con pollo, but my favorite dish of hers was refried beans:) I was a picky eater, but LOVED those beans! Years later, I never even thought to ask her for the recipe:( I'm sure they were made with lard-Yikes!
As a nod to my Mexican heritage and Cinco de Mayo, I baked these Mexican Wedding Cookies. My mom made them every Christmas, but of course you can make them any day of the year! These cookies are so buttery and melt-in-your-mouth delicious! These photos don't do them justice! Take my word for it, they are MUY BUENO!

Adios, Amigos!

Mexican Wedding Cookies
1 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup walnuts, finely ground
powdered sugar

Cream butter together with the sugar and add vanilla. Mix well. Add the flour and the ground nuts. Shape into balls and bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned (My oven took about 15 min.). Cool and roll in powdered sugar.

These cookies are simple to make and oh, so good!

14 comments:

  1. Las galletas mirar muy deliciosos. Perfecto for Cinco de Mayo.

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  2. Those are one of my favorite cookies...wish I could reach out and grab some :) they look delicious. Happy Cinco De Mayo!

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  3. we love mexican wedding cookies, ya I'm sure the beans were made with lard...oh yikes I know

    sweetlife

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  4. Those look wonderful. A nice bite of sweet, I wish I had one right now! Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

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  5. I haven't had these cookies in so long! They are the kind that I eat, but never make! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  6. They look delicious! I've always been intrigued by these ever since I found them! :D

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  7. These are some of my favorite cookies....and I'm talking the ones out of the bag from the GROCERY STORE!!! I can only imagine how wonderful this homemade version must be!

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  8. I like Mexican food, and definitely love to try this wedding cookies....... Thanks for sharing Sue!

    Just noticed that I could actually become your follower again .... and again... Yes, it has been so nice for following your blog :-)

    Sawadee from Bangkok,
    Kris

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  9. Sue I loved finding out a little more about you and your family! I wish you had that bean recipe. Can you get it from someone in your family? That would be so neat.

    Your cookies look great! I never bake for us. Just everyone else, but I'd make these for my family.

    Laura

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  10. Sue, when are you opening your own bakery? You'd make a killing! THose Mexican wedding cookies are perfection and a fav of mine! Also, to kill some birds with one stone..been perusing through your blog and your DB steamed pudding looks awesome, as do those gorgeous Mother's Day cookies. Such a treat to see all the great artistic talent and creativity you possess.

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  11. Oh those look delicate and scrumptious!!

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  12. I keep seeing these and I'm convinced that I need to try these stat! :D

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  13. these are my favorite cookies of all time. I love recipes from our family - it is so special and I love your story Sue!!!!

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