Jan 15, 2010

Mexican Wedding Cookies for Global Kadai

Does running around for an hour with your four year old count towards a workout? I hope so because it is fun and tiring and a great way to keep a toddler occupied when the 'No TV' policy is still on. It also gave me a chance to burn off the Mexican Wedding Cookies I have been eating since the day they came out fresh from the oven.
The cookies were made for Global Kadai, a wonderful monthly event, started by Cilantro to Indianize international cuisines, one recipe at a time. This month's recipe is by Karen Ginnes and below is my Indianized version of the same.

I added nutmeg and ground ginger for flavor. I wanted to add finely ground almonds but ended up with some chunks in it and they gave a nutty texture to the cookies which tasted like a slightly spicy, less buttery, chocolaty version of the Indian nankhatai. Making the dough was simplicity itself and the cookies took about 10 minutes to bake to perfection.

(Makes about 3 dozen cookies)
1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup fine sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 + 3/4 cups APF
1 cup almonds, (1/2cup ground fine and the other half coarse)
1/2 cup chocolate chips, chopped coarse
1/2 cup sweetened flake coconut (optional)
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp dry ginger powder (optional)
1/2 tsp instant coffee powder (optional)
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, for dusting

Cream the butter and sugar together till light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beat some more.
In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients thoroughly.
Gradually add to the whipped butter till well incorporated.
Wrap tightly in the shape of a log in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 325 degree F (180 degree C).
Cut one inch discs out of the log and roll into balls.
Place an inch apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 8 - 10 minutes till the cookies are firm to touch.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool and after a minute dust the confectioner's sugar on top with the help of a small strainer.

Note: The coarsely ground almonds and chocolate chips give a bite to the cookies. You can ground the almonds fine or substitute with walnuts or pecans.

I liked the flavor of nutmeg but ground cardamom or cinnamon powder can be substituted.

These cookies are being shipped to Mahima's Indian Vegetarian Kitchen and to Sara's Corner.


  1. Looks so good. Though you seem to be having a good workout, you might need just a little more considering the butter,chocolate, almonds and sugar that has gone into the making of the cookie. And I am sure you can never stop with one!

  2. You are right Radha. They are addictive and with only a couple of them more to go I should be home free. :)

  3. the cookies look so good and a great way to indianised them. lovely clicks as well.

  4. The cookies look so temting and inviting.you can visit my blog and give ur comments.

  5. Wow, It has come out so well, I think I should give chocolate a chance next time...Chocolate, cofee and ginger great combo..

  6. Not to mention nutmeg Sumi. It takes the cookies to a totally different level. :)

  7. It looks so tempting, loved the pics.

  8. Hi Jaya,
    The Pictures look fabulous.And i'm sure just like the pics they taste great as well. I can imagine the effort it took as I myself have a two and half year old son who always on my toes :-)

  9. Perfect looking Cookies.Chocolate and coffee is my fav combo. Thank you for your participation in Global Kadai. Will update you once I post the roundup.

  10. Chocolate and almonds...now that's a winning combination!

  11. Delectable cookies...nice pics...



  12. Lovely pics Jaya ! And Im sure with those spices, they must've been awesome !! Yummm..so many recipes, so less time...

  13. Beautiful pix, Jaya! Not a fan of ginger in cookies - all the ones I've eaten are over-gingered!

  14. Very unique combination of flavoring Jaya. I am trying to imagine how the combination of vanilla,ginger, nutmeg and chocolate might taste.
    Like the fact that this can be made in 10 minutes.

  15. Sra, Supriya, the ginger in these cookies is very less, 1/4 tsp. The flavor that most comes through is that of nutmeg and I loved it. Especially since the cookies taste almost like mithai with the crunch of a cookie. :)

  16. Jaya, that sure counts as a workout, don't worry..:))..and what with those cookies looking so tempting!..will be checking out your project 365 without fail..you know since I also decided to take it up, have been thinking what should go today and so on..lucky that it is not photos for me..:))

  17. they look so yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  18. Wow Jaya those cookies look sooo delish!Wish I could bake such good stuff.Talking about running behind a toddler and if it does count,I have to say I am on a regular all day long work out!!!

  19. Cookies look fantastic, lovely blend of flavors!!

  20. Loving the ginger and all the other flavors you have done here. You have any more left? i could come over easy u know? .. I hope the running around counts as exercise too!!

  21. DSM, th cookies look so nice..Nice that we dont have to marry into mexican family to njoy these :D

    Saw your comment on my post. My knowledge on remedies is kinda limited, will ask the supreme souce and will get back to you through email.

  22. These cookies look very beautiful..just popped-in as I read you had some concentrated headache. you asked in Ruchika's blog....I would try to take hot vapor bath..a couple of times in a day, for 2- 3 days, if I am suffering from headache coming from extreme cold..it really helps..Let us know if you have any remedies which works as eye-opener before we take OTC medicines..Thanks I hope it helps..


  23. The Cookies look delectable... lovely blend of flavours.

  24. Your cookies look delicious! thanks for sharing :)

  25. never had these cookies. but definitely looks so tempting and yummy. thanks for sharing.

  26. Thanks Jaya for your sweet words at this point of time ..it meant a lot to me .
    my last comment on your blog was on that particular day when read your post about completing a year.....i was reading through a few posts waiting for her to wake up......within a matter of next hour or so my life was going to change for ever...
    I think it is helping me to be in this world of blogging as am trying to come to my normal self .....

    these cookies seem to have all the right flavors...nuts spices n chocolate.....will read the other posts soon..

  27. Hi Jaya,Nice and perfect cookies. cool photos. Thanks for participating in the event.


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