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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Origin of Cookies:

"Early English and Dutch immigrants first introduced the cookie to America in the 1600s. While the English primarily referred to cookies as small cakes, seed biscuits, or tea cakes, or by specific names, such as jumbal or macaroon, the Dutch called the koekjes, a diminutive of koek (cake)...Etymologists note that by the early 1700s, koekje had been Anglicized into "cookie" or "cookey," and the word clearly had become part of the American vernacular. Following the American Revolution, people from other parts of the country became familiar with the cookie when visiting New York City, the nation's first capitol, a factor that resulted in widespread use of the term...During the seventeeth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries most cookies were made in home kitchens. They were baked as special treats because the cost of sweeteners and the amount of time and labor required for preparation. The most popular of these early cookies still retain their prize status. Recipes for jumbles, a spiced butter cookie, and for macaroons, based on beaten egg whites and almonds, were common in the earliest American cookbooks...Because it was relatively inexpensive and easy to make, gingergbread was one of the most popular early cookies...As kitchen technology improved in the early 1900s, most notably in the ability to regulate oven temperature, America's repertoire of cookie recipes grew."

---Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, Andrew F. Smith editor [Oxford University Press:New York] 2004, Volume 1 (p. 317-8)



I made these tweeny yet yummy Mexican Wedding Cookies couple of days for 'S' birthday. These cookies are adapted from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook.

Serving: 12 cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup Pecan halves
2 cups Confectioners sugar
2 cups All purpose flour
1/4 tbsp salt
2 sticks(1 cup)unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract

How to make:

Preheat the oven to 350F w/racks in the upper and lower thirds. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a food processor combine pecans with 1/4 cups sugar. Pulse nuts until they are finely ground. In a bowl, whisk together sugar-nut mixture, flour and salt. Set aside.

Beat the butter and 3/4 cup sugar using an electric mixer with paddle attachment on medium speed until light and fluffly for few minutes, scraping down the sides. Beat in vanilla and almond extracts.

Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until the dought just comes together.
Roll dough into 3/4 inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
Bake, rotating halfway through , until cookies are pale and lightly browned.
Lift with a spatula to check after 10 to 12 minutes.
Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Place remaining 1 cup sugar and roll cookies to coat the cookie completely.Cookies can be kept in an airtight container and can be eaten for days... Yumm-O!!


These cookies are so soft that they just melt in your mouth!!

I am bringing along these cookies to Peabody's Housewarming Party..:))

Enjoii!!

Also, part of these go to Cate's ARF Tuesday # 100th week.. Congratulations dear!..:)

~ Shriya


[UPDATED on December 15th 2010]: This post was though written by me, the cookies were made by my lovely sister-in-law Shri who blogs now as 'Tasty Touch'. Check out her blog for more such tasty holiday goodies. She is an excellent baker, I must say!

35 comments :

  1. These are my favorite Christmas cookies! Thanks so much for making them and the history of them was very interesting...I never knew.

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  2. Ah! Who knew about the history of cookies and more so that it is a Dutch word? Never even thought of looking into it. Thanks for sharing this Siri and the cookies look wonderful :-)

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  3. Nice info..the cookies look good

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  4. Cookies are looking perfect! :) If only you can send them over! :D

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  5. Thanks for this delicious recipe Siri...

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  6. perfect cookies....sounds delicious

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  7. Yummy cookies siri!!Gosh you all are on baking spree, where ever i go, i see amazing bakes n cakes n puddings

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  8. Thanks for cookies story :D.
    i love cookies, and yours one is looking good too :). thanks for sharing the recipe :).

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  9. Wow shreya Thanks for the recipe..

    You know what Siri - I was actually going to say How Well our telepathy was working since I had planned to make these soon and post in my blog..I saw the title and I was amazed..but then realised that it was shriya :) :)

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  10. Wow! you made these cookies. I never got around making them. Looks fab.

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  11. Thanks for that informative post, Shriya.

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  12. Siri, nice looking cookies. where are mine ?

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  13. Shriya,
    good recipe and the outcome!

    Siri,
    this is the url of my little girl's
    http://littlepoetess.blogspot.com

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  14. cookies look so goodd thanks for sharing wonderfull recipe siri

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  15. They look scrumptious.
    Baked goodies make wonderful gifts.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Frances

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  16. nice post Siri..loved reading and relishing it...can i get a couple of your cookies for answering your query?:)

    go to www.google.com/webmastertools; log in to your account, then click on the link showing your blog; go to Tools, select "Enable Enhanced Image Search", and uncheck the box. This is what I did..hope it helps you:)

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  17. @ Rajeshwari: Thanks dear!

    @ Peabody: Glad to know these are ur favorite cookies..:) Its my pleasure to join ur housewarming party.. Enjoii!

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  18. @ RedChillies: Hahaha, Even I was not aware of the histroy of cookies till I happen to read in an article dear.. so, thought of sharing with u all.. Glad u liked it..:D

    @ Srivalli: Thanks dearie!

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  19. @ Seema: Thanks for dropping by!

    @ Lathaji: Thank you lathaji, Wish I cud send some to u..:D

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  20. @ Laavanya: Thanks hon!

    @ Remya: Thanks dear. Do these sometime.. :)

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  21. @ Padmaja: Oh ya padmaja, Christmas period, here we do a lot of baking - cookies, cupcakes, cakes.. U name it!..:)) Glad u liked these cookies.!

    @ Pooja: Thanks dear. Do try these simplest cookies sometime.. I m sure u wud just love these!

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  22. @ Dhivi: Thanks dear..:).. We do have telepathy Dhivi... Will look forward for ur cookies too! take care and cya..:)

    @ Suganya: These cookies are just awesome suganya and yet simple to make. Do try them sometime..:)

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  23. @ Cynthia: Thanks hon!

    @ Sreelu: All are urs dear!..Thanks for droppin by..:)

    @ Seena: Thanks dear for ur sweet comments and letting us know ur kiddos website.. will definitely visit..:D

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  24. @ Frances: Hey dear, thanks for dropping by.. Glad u liked our tweeny weeny cookies..:D

    @ Mansi: Thank you soo much for the info mansi.. just now did it.. Definitely, these cookies are for u ( though we promised many others..;) ) hehehhe..:)

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  25. Interesting read on the cookies. These cookies are looking good..love the presentation.

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  26. nice reading and lovely cookies too ....must have tasted great ....

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  27. These are some of my favorite Christmas cookies. I hope to make them this year, but if I can't I will just have to enjoy them at Peabody's party!

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  28. These cookies look good and whose birthday was it ? Happy B'day to one of the S

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  29. Mmmm...my favorite cookies, hands down!

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  30. This one goes to my collection of eggless cookies. Thanks Siri for both the recipe and info. about the cookies.

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  31. This one goes to my collection of eggless cookies. Thanks Siri for both the recipe and info. about the cookies.

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