these buttery cookies are served at weddings and other festive
occasions in Mexico. They are perfect to give as gifts. Use
colorful cellophane bags with a big ribbon, or pile high on a
white doily on a glass plate and wrap with cellophane and a bow.
For variety, place confectioners' sugar in a plastic bag, rub in
a few drops of your favorite coloring. Red or green coloring
will make the decorating sugar pastel pink or pastel green.
1 cup confectioners' sugar
the oven to 325°
teaspoon vanilla extract
cup chopped pecans or walnuts
confectioners' sugar for decorating
2. In a large bowl,
sift the confectioners' sugar to remove lumps.
3. Cream the butter
with the sugar. Stir in the vanilla. Then, stir
the flour and nuts.
4. Set 1-inch balls
on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in the
oven for 20 minutes.
5. Cookies seem to
stay pale in color during the baking process.
still warm, toss each cookie gently in decorating sugar.
Repeat when cool.
Makes 1 party plate
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