Polvorones, Russian teacakes or Mexican wedding cookies as I have known them for years and shared a while back in this blog here, remain a favorite cookie at home. My daughters and I have several versions of this recipe and the one I share today has the flavor and the color of the classic Red Velvet dessert.
Red Velvet Mexican Wedding CookiesIngredients:
¾ cup (1 ½ stick-170 g) margarine or unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup sifted powdered sugar (98 g)
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring (5 ml)
1¾ cups flour (195g)
1 tablespoon baking cocoa
¼ teaspoon salt
5 drops of red food gel coloring
1 cup finely chopped or ground pecans (122g)
1½ cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
1. Heat oven to 350 ° F. Lightly grease three trays of cookies. Depending on the size you make the cookies you may just need only one or two trays. These are mini cookies.
2. With the flat beater beat the butter until it gets light yellow in color. Add powdered sugar and mix. Add vanilla and five drops of red gel food coloring mixture until you see a uniform color.
3. Measure, and then sift the flour, cocoa, and salt in a separate bowl before adding to the butter mixture on low speed until mixture is partially combined. Incorporate the pecans to the mixture, and mix. If the dough is too sticky add 4-6 tablespoons more of flour, but only a tablespoon at a time. Be careful not to mix more than necessary, as that can make the cookies come out dry and grainy.
4. Form ½ inch cylinders, length does not matter, cut into 1-inch pieces and form each piece into balls each. Place the balls into ½ inch apart on the tray. Bake at 350 ° F (175 ° C) for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies a dried walking and look browned on the bottom.
5. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then stir them in a bowl with confection sugar, lightly shake them, and place on a clean tray. When the cookies have cooled completely, repeat sugar coating again. Your red velvet Mexican wedding cookies are ready to enjoy or pack in gift bags!
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