Traditional Mexican Wedding Cookies

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My mom and I have been baking these for as long as I can remember. They are delectable butter-type cookies served as favors at traditional Mexican weddings. They also make a wonderful addition to any Christmas goodie platter.

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  • add   2 1/4 cups sifted flour
  • add   powdered sugar (for rolling baked cookies in)
  • add   1/4 teaspoon salt
  • add   1 teaspoon vanilla
  • add   1 cup butter
  • add   3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • add   1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy; stir in vanilla.
  2. Whisk together flour and salt; add gradually to butter mixture; stir in chopped nuts.
  3. Chill dough if it seems too soft.
  4. Form dough into 1 1/4" balls and place onto parchment-lined or ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes or just until the cookies start to turn light golden-brown; remove from oven and allow to cool slightly; while cookies are still warm (but NOT hot) remove them from baking sheets and roll, a few at a time, in powdered sugar until evenly coated; cool cookies completely on wire racks.
  6. Cookies may (optionally) be rolled in powdered sugar a second time once cooled to room temperature.
  7. NOTE: Forming dough into 1" balls will increase yield to 48 cookies.