Christmas Cookies: Mexican Wedding Cakes – Gluten Free

Merry Christmas to everyone. May you have a relaxing day with family and friends.

These cookies are also called Russian Tea Cakes or even snowballs and they’re my daughter’s favorite cookie. It wouldn’t be Christmas in our house without them. I have started just making these. Back when the girl was little I’d go all out. I made sugar cookies, jam thumbprints, these Mexican Wedding cakes, all sorts of things. Now, I’ve gotten lazy and I just call this my signature cookie and make a double batch to give away and enjoy at home.
I’m in the habit of sending out a cookie tin of homemade candy and these cookies to my sister, brothers and daughter as a Christmas gift. So I have to get them made early in December to meet mailing requirements and deadlines. So I took the opportunity to take a few pictures while I was making them. The recipe comes from my Betty Crocker cookbook with adjustments for making them gluten free. My cookbook is so old it’s being held together with duct tape. A sign that it’s provided many a happy meal, I guess. The recipe below is doubled and makes about 5 dozen, one inch cookies.

Russian Teacakes
Also called Mexican Wedding Cakes

2 C softened butter
1 C confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla (Optional: 1 t vanilla, 1 t almond flavoring)
4 1/2 C all purpose flour (Optional for gluten free: 4 1/2 cup all purpose gluten free baking flour. I used Bob’s Red Mill but whatever you use is probably fine.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (I generally use walnuts but almonds would be good too.)

Heat oven to 400 degrees F

In a large bowl cream butter, sugar and vanilla.

Creamed butter,sugar, flour,nuts.

Creamed butter and sugar with added flour and nuts.

Work in the flour, salt and nuts until the dough holds together. Note: This is a dry dough, you’ll be tempted to add water. Don’t. It will hold together. It’s supposed to be a little “sandy”.

Creamed butter,sugar, flour,nuts

The Dough ready but still ‘sandy’ looking.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Cookie Dough, ready to bake

Dough Ready to bake

Bake 10 – 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Let cool until you can handle them then while warm, roll in confectioners’ sugar. Cool on a wire rack. Roll in sugar again.

Dipping baked cookies in sugar.

Dipping baked cookies in sugar.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies
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My name is Connie Cockrell and I write SciFi, Fantasy, Women’s Fiction and a lot of other things and you can find links to all of my books at http://www.ConniesRandomThoughts.wordpress.com.

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