Polvorones or Mexican Wedding cookies are one of those food’s that know no boundaries or country borders, just one of those dishes where this is more true than others.
For example, New Zealand and Australia have had an ongoing argument for decades over who first invented the pavlova. Or the pastry more commonly and widely known as French palmiers is called schweine ohren in Germany – I grew up thinking they were German.
What about Mexican Wedding Cookies? I’d never heard of Mexican wedding cookies and then I did a little research. That name in fact stems from America and you can buy them readily at the supermarket. However, Mexican’s don’t eat these cookies at weddings, no, in fact they aren’t even considered a specialty.
To Mexican’s the cookies are named Polvorones instead of the American named Mexican Wedding Cookies and in their homeland they come in a variety of flavors and are eaten on a daily basis. These are extremely addictive and my father who visited while these were on the bench managed to eat six in quick succession while I consumed three before making myself walk away. Good luck trying to only eat one of these, you’ll find yourself returning to them.
Polvorones – Mexican Wedding Cookies
Adapted from A Second Helping, More from Ladies A Plate book
225 grams/7.9 ounces butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioner’s/icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1 1/2 – 2 cups confectioner’s/icing sugar
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and preheat the oven to 200°C/400F.
Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl until light and fluffy, approximately 1 minute with an electric beater.
Sift in the flour, and add the salt and walnuts.
Mix until well combined and refrigerate for 5 minutes.
If the mixture isn’t sticking, roll into balls (otherwise refrigerate for another 5 minutes) about the size of 1/2 inch. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Place in the oven and bake for approximately 10 minutes or slightly brown on the base edges. Remove and place on a cooling tray.
Sift the confectioner’s sugar into a shallow dish and roll in the confectioner’s sugar while still warm.
Return to the cooling rack and repeat the confectioner’s sugar process twice more while allowing to cool to room temperature.
Serve and enjoy.