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Mexican Wedding Cake Recipe

Especially if you grew up in the Midwest, you are probably familiar with Russian Tea Cakes (occasionally known as Mexican Wedding Cakes). These crumbly, shortbread-like cookies are a popular treat which is often served around the holidays as well as at weddings.

The “Mexican Wedding Cakes” name comes from the Cold War era; when tensions with the Soviet Union ran high, the name was coined to rid these cookies of the negative connotations which “Russian” carried at the time. However, the cookies themselves are indeed European in origin – and are largely unknown in Mexico.

No matter what you call them or where they are from, however, these cookies are delicious and make a perfect holiday treat or snack for adults and children alike. They have a surprisingly low sugar content, though thanks to the large amount of butter in these cookies, they are hardly diet food (though you can go ahead and have more than one anyway, especially if Russian Tea Cakes were part of your childhood).

See How Easy They Are

The only ingredients you will need are butter, sugar, flour and salt for the basic cookie recipe, along with vanilla and walnuts to add flavor. Do you already have most of these ingredients in your pantry? Perhaps you have them all. Anyway the recipe is delightfully easy to make and you simply need to preheat the oven (do that first because you will be ready to put the cookies in very soon) and combine the ingredients to make the cookie dough.

The dough can be shaped into a number of small balls, about an inch in diameter, and then baked until they are golden brown. Roll them in powdered sugar and let them cool, then roll them in more powdered sugar and serve. You can see how easy they are to make but they are seriously more-ish and once you taste one you will want another, and another!

Russian Tea Cakes
Summary: Easy cookie recipes are often best and these treats are amazing. All you need to do is combine the ingredients and bake the vanilla and walnut cookies to perfection.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 15
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp powdered sugar, plus extra for dusting the cookies
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  1. Stir the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract together in a large bowl until blended and then add the flour, salt and walnuts, stirring until the mixture holds together to form a dough.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees while you shape the dough into small (roughly 1?) balls and place on a greased baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes, just before the cookies begin to brown.
  4. Cool on a wire rack for a few minutes; once they are cool enough to handle, roll the cookies in powdered sugar, and set back on the rack to cool.
  5. Once the cookies reach room temperature, roll them in powdered sugar again, and serve.

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For many people, these cookies are part of our fond childhood memories of Christmas or wedding celebrations; times when Russian Tea Cakes are traditionally served. If you have not had these delicate little cookies since you were young, try making this recipe and rediscover them. As you will find, these are sweets which also appeal to the adult palate, since they are actually not terribly sweet – but just sweet enough to qualify as a treat, regardless of your age.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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