Mexican wedding cakes


Would you look at those? These are without a doubt the best cookies/biscuits/nutty shortbready things I've ever made. I had to check with lovely Liz that the name was right but she assures me it is (the nearest I've ever been to Mexico is Wisconsin). But Mexico, I LOVE YOU FOR THESE COOKIES.

They're tiny little shortbread balls with chopped pecans in, light as a cloud and rolled in icing sugar so they're super sweet. I can't recommend that you make them enough, make them over any other recipe on this site, or on the whole internet.

you'll need:
1/3 cup vegan margarine
1/2 cup icing/confectioners sugar
1 3/4 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans

extra icing sugar for rolling around in

This amount would make about 40 little balls.

See how few ingredients? It's because, not only do they taste great, they're so easy! They make kind of a mess, and you should definitely make tiny ones because taking a bite into something covered in icing sugar is sure to turn your brown eyes blue.

Chop your nuts by hand, not in the blitzer, you need 'em chunky! You don't have to use pecans, the original recipe was actually walnuts but I didn't have any, and I love pecans. You could even try chocolate chips, I bet that'd be amazing.


Cream the margarine in a bowl until it's smooth and workable. Then add the icing sugar and beat again. Lastly, add the flour and salt and a touch of vanilla essence if you have it, don't worry if you don't.

It should turn into a bowl of crumbs, don't expect a dough because you won't get one. Now add the chopped nuts and stir them in.



Now scoop up about a teaspoonful and press it together in your palm, keep switching the mix between your hands and squishing it until it's a firm little ball, then place it on a silicon baking sheet, or a non stick sheet and gently flatten it a tiny bit, just so it's got a flat bottom. Now do the rest. Yeah you'll be there for a while but I promise it's worth it.

It takes a while to suss out your own oven, mine cooked at gas mark 5 (about 200C/385F) for about 9 minutes, you don't want them to brown, just to firm up and feel cooked. Maybe do the first batch as a test, keep checking them every minute or so and then you'll know for the rest of the batches.



While they're in the oven, tip a good sized amount of icing sugar into a small bowl ready to roll them in. Once they're done, take them off the baking sheet, put the next batch on, and put it into the oven. Take a cooked ball and roll it around in the icing sugar, then do the next and the next.



Once you come back to the first ball you did, roll it again, and then the next and the next. Each ball needs about 3 coats and you should find that once you've done a whole batch 3 times, the next batch is cooked. How satisfying!

So do them all, then pile them up in a bowl and watch them disappear in about 10 seconds. Probably into your own mouth.
Oh MAN, I've got to go and make some more. I'm drooling.

24 comments:

natalie said...

Yum! They do look like our traditional Christmas cookies. Maybe next time you could try spraying them with rose water when you take them out of the oven, before rolling them in sugar, it would give them a lovely aroma!

xoxo

nora said...

adorable photos!

Liz said...

Awh, I love you! My grandma makes these & they're amazing. Also, whats in vegan margarine? I hear margarine is bad for you & is only one chemical away from being plastic...eek!

Diana said...

Mexican tears for vegan Mexican cookies. THANK YOU

emma wallace said...

Those look ridiculously good. Yum!

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T said...

WOW, looks delish! Its not easy to make these vegan, either! Going straight on my agenda of vegan cookies.

Naomi Rose said...

Natalie that is a great idea! I'm totally going to!

Thanks nora!

Lizzzzzzee. Normal margarine is pretty bad I guess, I think your equivalent is earth butter? But leave out the salt if you use that. Our vegan marg is made of soybeans, is there anything they can't make?

Hope you make them Diana, dream cookies.

Thanks emma!

You do it T!

xxxx

The Voracious Vegan said...

Those are so beautiful! They look magical, like tiny treats you would see in a movie, so delicate and pretty.

Mihl said...

Those cookies are pretty and they sound really easy!

mysticxian said...

Mmmmm, I love, love, love Mexican wedding cookies. They are soooo good. Thanks for posting the recipe

The Intolerant Gourmet said...

These look amazing! I've been following your lovely vegan treats for a while now and this recipe has just made me a loyal fan.

Yvonne said...

I want to make these but I don't know how much 3/1 cup margarine is?

Hanako66 said...

those sound heavenly!

Chopstick said...

THIS. IS. AMAZING. I'm TOTALLY making a batch this weekend!!!!!!!!

Naomi Rose said...

Thanks lovelies!

Yvonne, 1/3 cup margarine is about 75grams? Is that any help? x

Amanda said...

i'll be honest, i'm not a vegan, and likely never will be but i love your stuff, and i'm honoured to be nominated in the same category as you!

chelsea rebecca said...

AH i am being a vegan for a week and i am so glad to have found your blog for inspiration!!!!
wonderful recipes!

Rebecca said...

I had these at my wedding instead of a cake! :) So so yummy.

Brooks Golden said...

thanks for checkin the blog and commenting, every thursday(today) we post new works...

thanks

brooks

Yvonne said...

I already thought so that you meant 1/3 cup instead of the 3/1 cup margarine as written in the post.
But thank you for telling me it's about 75 gram - putting margarine in the measuring cup is not the easiest thing to do (it's so sticky).

Naomi Rose said...

ah yvonne! thanks for letting me know, I didn't notice it!

Adele said...

I just made these, and I am pretty sure they will be gone within the hour. Genius.

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