Mexican Wedding Cakes/Russian Tea Cakes

The absence of any egg-related ingredients, in addition to the use of powdered rather than granulated sugar, makes these a completely different consistency than any other cookie I've ever had. They're a little more delicate than your average cookie, but flavorful enough to hold their own.

Another great (hidden) benefit is that they can be completely vegan if you substitute the butter for Earth Balance, which is what I did. I love the buttery flavor that Earth Balance adds, with none of the animal byproducts.

Although the recipe calls for pecans or almonds, in the past, I have been known to split the dough into 5 or 6 different bowls, and put different additions into each bit of dough. Some of them will have nuts, some will have candied ginger, dried fruit, or even chocolate chips. No matter what you add, it's always delicious.

Well...I'm sure there are some exceptions to that rule, but let's not explore that.

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Here's the recipe:

Mexican Wedding Cakes (Makes about 48)

1/2 C powdered sugar 1 C butter (or Earth Balance), softened 2 t vanilla 2 C all-purpose flour 1 C finely chopped almonds or pecans 1/4 t salt Powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 325 F. 2. In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cut powdered sugar, butter and vanilla. Blend well. 3. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together. 4. Shape into 1-inch balls and place 1" apart on un-greased cookie sheets. 5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets. 6. Cool slightly, then roll in powdered sugar (or place powdered sugar into a Ziploc bag and shake 2-3 cookies at a time in the sugar). 7. Cool completely and re-roll in powdered sugar.

Just a word of caution: When eating these cookies, do not inhale deeply just before taking a bite. You will most definitely inhale powdered sugar, and if you're anything like me, it will induce a 10 minute coughing fit. It's just not fun.


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