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!
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
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!