Friday, December 12, 2014

Pooh Cakes

As mentioned before, growing up we had lots of fun little traditions.  One of these traditions was making Christmas cookies with Mom.  One of my brothers always made these little cakes.  When he was younger, he loved playing tea party with my sisters and I. One time when Mom made these little gems he called them "Pooh Cakes" (he is an avid fan of Winne the Pooh and friends) and the name has stuck with them since then. Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe so I thought this recipe was appropriate.

Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies (aka Pooh Cakes)
adapted from:

2 cups flour
2 cups chopped pecans, divided (omitted) - half finely chopped and the other regular chopped
3/4 t salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened but still cool
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325. Mix flour, half the nuts and salt in a bowl; set aside.  In a large mixing bowl cream together butter with sugar.  Add vanilla.  Slowly add flour/nut mixture; beat until just incorporated. Place tablespoon-sized balls of dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake 17-19minutes. Cool to room temperature on a cooling rack.  Place powdered sugar in a bag and shake cookies around to coat. Rest for an hour. Repeat.

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