I really don’t feel like it’s officially Christmas time until I’ve done some baking so this weekend I knew I had to get in the kitchen. One baked good I always associate with the holidays is Mexican wedding cookies (or pecan jewels as we call them in my family). These cookies are super easy to make and only require a handful of ingredients that a lot of you probably already have. There are several recipes for these cookies online and this time around I tried one from www.tastesoflizzyt.com.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1 cup powdered sugar (for rolling)
- Using a mixer, mix the butter and powdered sugar until creamy
- Add the flour, vanilla, salt and chopped pecans. Mix well again.
- Chill the dough for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees — I baked my cookies at 400 degrees but did think it could be a little too high. Some of my cookies were a little burnt on the bottom so it may be better to stick to 350 degrees and bake for a little longer.
- Roll the dough into 1″ balls. Place on a non-stick baking sheet.
- Bake for about 10 minutes. — My cookies didn’t really change in color after baking so I would keep checking the bottoms to insure they don’t get too dark when deciding when to take them out of the oven!
- Immediately roll the cookie balls in powdered sugar.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely and then roll them in powdered sugar again.