Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies for Global Kadai

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Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies
Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies/Russian Tea Cake/Mexican Wedding Cake/Italian Butter Nut/Southern Butterball/Snowdrop/Viennese Sugar Ball/Snowball/Sugar Cookies.
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These melt-in-your mouth cookies, go by many names, a Russian Tea Cake, a Mexican Wedding Cake, an Italian Butter Nut, a Southern Butterball, a Snowdrop, a Viennese Sugar Ball and a Snowball. They are very popular, not only during the Christmas season, but also at weddings, and other festive occasions.
According to several food history sources and cookbooks, Mexican wedding cakes and Russian tea cakes are a universal holiday cookie-type treat. This means the recipe is not necessarily connected to any one specific country. It is connected with the tradition of saving rich and expensive food (the richest butter, finest sugar, choicest nuts) for special occasions.
Food historians trace the history of these cookies and cakes to Medieval Arab cuisine, which was rich in sugar. Small sugar cakes with nuts and spices were known to these cooks and quickly adopted by the Europeans. This sweet culinary tradition was imported by the Moors to Spain, diffused and assimilated throughout Europe, then introduced to the New World by 16th century explorers.Sugar cookies, as we know them today, made their appearance in the 17th century. Recipes called Mexican wedding cakes descend from this tradition and they first appeared in American cookbooks during the 1950s.

Below is a recipe adapted from Karen Ginnis and Indianised for Global Kadai, which recreates the magic of these cookies in an Indianised way, bringing in the flavors familiar to Indian cuisine.

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Ingredients:
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1 cup almonds
  6. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  8. 1 pinch salt
  9. 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Procedure:
  1. Soak the almonds and wash several times until the pink color goes and grind using a mixer.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and 1/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, ground almonds, stir in chocolate chips, cardamom and salt, mix well.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture.
  5. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill 1 to 2 hours, or until firm.
  6. Preheat oven to 325° F (180° C).
  7. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until the cookies are firm to the touch. Cool 1 minute on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack.
  8. While cookies are still warm, sift 1/2 cup of the confectioner's/powdered sugar over the cookies or roll them in the coating.

27 comments:

  1. They look beautiful and so perfect shape.

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  2. Elegant and pretty cookies, looks prefect!

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  3. Happy New Year!!

    Cookies looks delicious!!

    I will try making these cookies during pongal, for global kadai..

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  4. I am almost at a point where I know how to Indianize these cookies. Thanks for the added inspiration. :)
    The cookies looks gorgeous. :)

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  5. On a side note, in the list of hosts, could you change my blog name from Jayaspace to Desi Soccer Mom. Thank you. :)

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  6. Jaya,
    Thank you, I have done the update.

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  7. Nice post!!
    And those sweet balls look stunning!!

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  8. These are some of the best cookies but I've never seen them chocolate! Everybody always asks me to make these the regular way, but I think I'll have to try this :)

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  9. very cute and beautiful cookies..

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  10. Like the snowy effect on top!

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  11. they look lovely..have tried these before..but urs looks just stupendous!

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  12. They look so elegant..with the sugar on top, it resembles the gulab jamuns(without syrup)

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  13. Cookies look perfect. Love the sugar topping!

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  14. I love confectioners sugar... the finish it gives to baked dishes is awesome :)

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  15. The cookies look picture perfect Cilantro. I guessed that you would have added cardamom powder.

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  16. Nice entry for the event,looks sinful!!

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  17. Looks delectable - I want to take a bite out of it now!

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  18. Your cookies look scrumpticious.Nice clicks too.

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