If you've been wondering how to make Mexican wedding cookies, then look no further. We've got just the recipe for you.
We'll go over everything you need, including equipment and ingredients that will have you well on your way to baking the best Mexican cookies.
Tips To Help You Make the Perfect Mexican Wedding Cookies
While this recipe is pretty straightforward, it's understandable that not everyone is equally adept at baking. Some people may be getting started or may not be entirely confident when trying a recipe for the first time.
To compensate, we've created a list of tips to help you make the best Mexican Wedding Cookies you can.
1- Ensure That All Ingredients Are at Room Temperature
While this may seem relatively minor, ensuring all ingredients are at room temperature is essential. Using cold butter prevents it from melding with the sugar and can lead to clumpy cookie dough. Since the creamed butter and sugar are the base to which you add everything else, this can also negatively affect the distribution of the other ingredients.
2- Always Cream the Butter and Sugar First
This step may seem insignificant, but the mixing order can impact your final product. The butter and sugar mixture forms the base for the entire recipe, allowing all the other ingredients to spread evenly throughout the mixture.
These two ingredients are also significant in terms of function. The butter helps to moisturize and bind the ingredients together, and the sugar sweetens the cookies. An uneven distribution of either ingredient may lead to catastrophic results.
3- Allow the Mexican Wedding Cookies to Cool
It's worth noting that Mexican wedding cookies need some cooldown time post-baking. This will allow them to solidify and harden enough that they won't fall apart (as fresh cookies sometimes do).
Gathering Ingredients and Equipment
While this Mexican wedding cookie recipe is relatively simple, there are a few things that you'll need if you want to make a successful batch of these cookies. Before making this recipe, you'll want to ensure that you have the following:
- A mixing bowl or a stand mixer with a bowl
- A whisk or hand mixer (not needed if you're using a stand mixer)
- Measuring cups and spoons or a measuring jug
- A spatula
For the ingredients, you'll require the following:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) softened, unsalted butter
- ½ cup white or powdered sugar (plus extra powdered sugar for coating)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup finely chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, or almonds work well)
- A pinch of salt
Step-by-Step Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe Guide
Now that you've gathered the tools and ingredients required for this recipe, it's time to lay out the fine details for making Mexican wedding cookies.
Step 1: Creaming the Butter and Sugar
This primary step forms the base for the rest of the recipe. Add your softened butter and sugar to your stand mixer (if using) or mixing bowl and whisk until the mixture has reached an even consistency throughout.
Step 2: Adding Vanilla Extract
Once you have a consistent base for the mixture, add the vanilla extract. Whisk this thoroughly to ensure the vanilla flavor permeates every part of the cookie dough mixture.
Step 3: Incorporating Flour and Salt
In a separate bowl, combine the flour and salt and mix thoroughly. As with creaming the butter and sugar, combining the flour and salt ensures that the salt reaches an equal distribution throughout the dough.
Now, add the flour mixture to the base a little at a time, and keep whisking. Adding it a little at a time ensures that all the ingredients combine thoroughly. Keep adding the flour mixture until it's all been incorporated thoroughly.
If using a stand mixer or hand mixer, use a spatula to scrape the bottom of the mixing bowl and ensure that none of the ingredients remain unincorporated.
Step 4: Adding Chopped Nuts
If you're starting with whole nuts, now is the time to chop them. Chop them as small as possible so they'll distribute throughout the mixture as evenly as possible. If using pre-chopped nuts, you can simply add them to the mixture and whisk them through.
It's worth noting that different types of nuts will change the flavor of your cookies.
After incorporating the nuts, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one to three hours.
Step 5: Shaping the Cookies
Before shaping the dough, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
Then, create a small ball out of the cooled dough by rolling it between your palms. Put the balls on the baking sheet after it has been preheated, allowing room between each cookie.
Step 6: Baking the Cookies
The cookies should bake for 12 to 15 minutes in a preheated oven or until the bottoms become golden brown. The cookies' tops should still be light in color.
Then remove the cookies from the oven and allow them some time to cool on the baking sheet.
Step 7: Coating with Powdered Sugar
Roll the cookies in powdered sugar to thoroughly coat them once they are cool enough to handle but still warm. Then transfer the coated cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling. The powdered sugar coating will solidify as they cool, giving them a wonderful snowy appearance.
Now you know how to make Mexican wedding cookies. The recipe and steps for making these delicious treats are relatively easy, and just about anyone can make them. But if you still prefer to purchase these delectable treats rather than bake them, we understand that too!
Because there at The Cravory, we understand how stressful the art of baking can be for some people. We also know cookies are often far more than just a delicious snack. That's why we offer a wedding cookies service to help ensure that your perfect day goes off without a hitch.