Friday, July 10, 2009

The cookies with a lot of names

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You might know them as Mexican Wedding Cakes, Russian tea cookies, Snow balls etc, but no matter how you call them, they are still the same unbelievably delicious treat, that seduces your over and over again.
No matter how many I make, they are never enough and I would be eternally grateful to my friend Tanita, that introduced me to the recipe 2 years ago.

Not only they are delicious, but they are one of the most foolproof, effortless and easy cookies I ever made. I just cannot not share with you! :-)

You will need:

1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cup sifted flour
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
more powdered sugar to roll the cookies in

Makes 30 pc.

* I usually make at least 3 times the recipe because they GO really fast!

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Preheat the oven at 400F.

In a stand mixer beat the butter until light and fluffy, then gradually add the powdered sugar. Beat on medium ( to low) until the sugar is Incorporated, then switch to high for a minute or so.

Add the salt, vanilla and beat with the mixer again. When you have smooth batter, add the sifted flour and then add the walnuts.

Divide the dough in 30 pieces.
Bake for 12-13 minutes ( 400F) on a piece of parchment paper ( ungreased!).
When the cookies are ready, take them out and while they are still hot, roll them over in the powdered sugar.
Have in mind that these cookies are supposed to be very light color, do not overbake them!
Enjoy!

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