Mexican Wedding Cakes
Many countries, including Greece and Russia, have variations on these crumbly, sandy, nut-rich cookies. Whatever their origin,the treats are nearly always rolled twice in confectioners' sugar after baking, which is why there's so little sugar in the dough.
For the Dough
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
For the Garnish
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
In a food processor, pulse pecans, flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt until mixture resembles coarse meal; add butter and pulse until a dough forms. Shape dough into a disk, and wrap tightly in plastic; refrigerate until firm, 30 to 60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 level tablespoon. Space 1 1/2 inches apart on two large baking sheets. Bake, switching sheets from top to bottom halfway through, until cookies are just golden around edges, 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool 5 minutes on sheets; transfer to a rack to cool completely. Place confectioners' sugar in a bowl. Roll cookies in sugar twice to coat thoroughly, tapping off excess.