Mexican Fiesta Balls
The pecans and cherries in this recipe enhance both the look and flavor of these delicious Mexican treats. The cocoa powder and coffee powder make them rich and delicious. Mexican fiesta balls are traditionally served at fiestas and celebrations but make exciting snacks too.
Guests will be sure to compliment you if you serve these delicious cookies with coffee or hot chocolate after the meal because of the wonderful mixture of flavors in every bite! The following recipe makes sixty cookies but you can halve the ingredients if you do not want to make so many at once. The cooking time will be the same.
Fiesta is the Spanish word for party, and these treats are well-named because they are so colorful and pack so much flavor into each bite. If you want to make these for another (non-party) occasion though, why not? There are no fixed rules when you are the cook and you can make whatever you want for whichever occasion you want.
Perhaps you are thinking about making these for a party, in which case why not make a batch beforehand so you can see how they come out and tweak the recipe if necessary? Having a practice run is often a good idea, to give you more confidence in making them for a special occasion when all eyes are going to be on them.
There are lots of different recipes for Mexican cookies and desserts, in fact way more than a lot of people realize, but if you have ever been into a real Mexican bakery you will have noticed just how many kinds of bread, how many kinds of cakes, and how many kinds of cookies there are surrounding you. A lot of them feature typical Mexican flavors like cinnamon, chocolate or vanilla, while others are different. If you like one kind of Mexican cookies the odds are you will like a lot of others too.
- 1 cup finely chopped nuts (perhaps walnuts or pecans)
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup butter, at room temperature
- ¼ cup chopped green maraschino cherries
- ¼ cup chopped red maraschino cherries
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
- 2 cups sifted flour
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Beat the butter well, and then add the sugar.
- Keep beating until the mixture is fluffy and light.
- Add the vanilla and beat again. Sift the coffee, cocoa, salt and flour, and then add this to the butter mixture gradually.
- Blend in the nuts and cherries and chill the dough until it is firm.
- Shape 1 inch balls and arrange them an inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake the Mexican fiesta balls for 20 minutes, and then roll them in the powdered sugar.
- Cool them on wire racks.
These balls are small and cute, so count on about 5 per person. The recipe makes 60 anyway so you will have plenty for everyone, even if you are making them for a large gathering. Mexican fiesta balls are one of the tastiest little snacks you can make if you want something sweet. The flavors in these are brilliant, and the coffee, cocoa, nuts and cherries add a real sense of festivity to the taste, as well as adding plenty of color. Rolling them in powdered sugar before serving adds a soft outer coating (and stops them from sticking together). A lot of Mexican cookies have this finishing touch in common.
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