Monday, April 9, 2012

Mexican Wedding Cakes - The Secret Recipe Club (#SRC)


I grew up calling this sweet little confections, snowballs. Rolled in powdered sugar, they were sweet, messy and perfect. Now for the April Secret Recipe Club reveal I made these delightful little "snowballs", also called Mexican Wedding Cakes.

Secret Recipe Club

This recipe is courtesy of Susie from Sweetie Petitti. One of my favorite things about the Secret Recipe Club is finding great new blogs. Her blog is packed with sweet treats galore (cakes, sugar cookies and more!), mains and other fabulous looking recipes. It was truly fun browsing through pages to find a recipe to make. Of course, when I came upon her post, "Flammable Christmas Cookie" I was done.

Funny enough, I chuckled at her post and the burning cookie. Of course, with last try of cookies a few fell off the back of the sheet and WHAM! ... my own little burning cookie fiasco. Luckily most of the cookies were fine. 

Mexican Wedding Cakes
adapted from Sweetie Petitti. (*) denotes a change from original recipe.

You Will Need:
1 1/2 c. pecans, toasted*
2 c. confectioners sugar + 1/2 c. for processing nuts*
4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt 
3 1/2 c. flour, sifted

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Put the toasted nuts and 1/2 cup powdered sugar into a food processor and grind to a fine powder.

3. In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar for 3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract. 

4. In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt and nuts. Add the dry mixture to the mixer and mix completely.

5. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for 30 minutes to an hour.

6. With a cookie scoop, form balls and roll by hand. Place on parchment paper. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the tops are dry and the bottoms start to turn golden brown.

7. Move to racks and allow to dry completely then toss in powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container and re-dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Loved this recipe! Just as delicious as I remember. Now check out all the other delicious posts with The Secret Recipe Club:

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