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Cutout Mexican Wedding Cookies

by Alma Laurents
(Austin, TX)

Heart-Shaped Mexican Wedding Cookies

Heart-Shaped Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican wedding cookies are a tradition and very meaningful to the Mexican culture for weddings, quinceaneras, and during Christmas.

The history of these cookies dates back many years and it is not clear as to when they first appeared in the new world. There are many different versions that exist in many cultures, each slightly different in the ingredients.

There are also many varieties of Mexican wedding cookies, but in south Texas you will primarily find the ones that are either rolled in confectioners sugar or a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.

Their significance truly comes down to the richness of the cookie and the purity of the sugars, in essence wishing the couple a rich future and the birthday girl a sweet new beginning.

During Christmas, the sugars on top of the cookie look a bit like the first frost of the holiday season and are best eaten with some hot chocolate for that "melt in your mouth" experience.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all!

Cutout Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon tea (boil 1 cinnamon stick in 1 cup water)
Topping:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
In large bowl, using a spatula mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, almonds, and salt. Mix by hand (important for great cookies) and add the butter and shortening until mixture is consistent.

Then add vanilla and cooled tea and knead until it forms a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, roll into a log and cut into 4 sections then cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Take only one section from the refrigerator and roll out onto a lightly floured surface about 1/4 inch thick. Use about a 1 inch wide cookie cutter to cut cookies.

Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake about 13 to 15 minutes at 350F degrees or until "lightly" brown on the bottom of the cookies. Do not overbake as this will change the flavor of the cookie.

Leave on cookie sheet for about 2 minutes, roll both sides in the sugar and cinnamon mixture, then place on cooling rack.

This recipe makes about 4 dozen Mexican Wedding Cutout Cookies.

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Feb 10, 2017
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Ground almonds NEW
by: Anonymous

Can almond meal or flour be substituted for the ground almonds?

Jan 31, 2017
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Nuts NEW
by: Nelda

I have made these cookies dozens of times & have always used pecans & sometimes even walnuts when I didn't have pecans. They come out just as good & my friends are always asking me to make some to sell to them. So NO, you don't need to use almonds in this recipe.

Dec 24, 2016
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Heather NEW
by: Anonymous

Heather...try leaving in frig longer and flour your roller. Hope this helps. Merry Christmas, Alma

Dec 24, 2016
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Sticky Dough NEW
by: Heather B

I followed this recipe exactly and my dough is so sticky o can't roll it without it getting stuck to the floured roller. Any suggestions? I've added more flour to see if that helps.

Nov 09, 2016
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Pecans NEW
by: Anonymous

I have made them with pecans . Pecans are my favorites.

Apr 29, 2016
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Almonds NEW
by: Alma

For this cookie, you have to use almonds instead of pecans

Apr 28, 2016
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by: Anonymous

Can you use pecans instead of almonds

Mar 30, 2016
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by: Alma

No sorry, I do not sell these.

Mar 29, 2016
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Hi NEW
by: Anonymous

Do u sell them

Mar 24, 2016
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Almond flour NEW
by: Alma

Veronica,
I have never tried almond flour, I think it will be ok. Another option instead of adding ground almonds is to use almond butter to get the rich taste. Hope you like them as much as I do!

Mar 23, 2016
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Mexican wedding cookies NEW
by: Veronica

I was wondering if you can use almond flour instead of ground almonds? Or do you have to use ground almonds?

Feb 15, 2016
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Almonds NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes I grind my own using blanched almonds.

Feb 14, 2016
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Best cookie ever NEW
by: Anonymous

Where do you buy ground almonds or do you ground your own...

Oct 08, 2015
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Sep 26, 2015
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Mexican Food NEW
by: Anonymous

The traditions are followed in Mexico at the time of wedding. Mexican food plays a key role in this. It is very tasty and with the help rush essay coupon I learned how to cook when I am writing a paper. Cutout Cookies are made with milk and they are very tasty and healthy.

Jul 17, 2015
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Best cookie I ever ate NEW
by: Alicia

I grew up in a small town in Texas and there was a small family owned bakery just down the street where I first tasted these cookies. That memory of eating those tasty cookies are with me always. I can still taste them in my mouth sweet and full of flavor. Different mexican bakeries add different spies like anise or chopped finely cinnamon sticks. All great tasting in their own way.

Jul 15, 2015
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nice NEW
by: Anonymous

If you ask me I would say that it is indeed a good collection of cookies that is sure to be of great change for the important jobs such as serving the un expected guests that one might end up having these days.

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Aug 29, 2013
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Thanks! NEW
by: Alma

Chris, glad you liked them. I forgot to add in the recipe that you can adjust the amount of cinnamon to your liking on the topping. I actually just use a dash, maybe
about 1/8 teaspoonful. All the best to you!

Aug 12, 2013
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Mexican Wedding Cookies NEW
by: Chris

The cookies were quite easy to make and they turned out really well. I made these at Christmas and they were a major hit. They are very similar to Shortbread cookies. Just loved them.......

Jan 03, 2013
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Amazing tradition
by: Emma

Enjoyed reading the story behind these cookies. Now I know why they are called Mexican Wedding Cookies and their significance. It's amazing how these cookies have been handed down for generations. I've never seen a cut out version before. Can't wait to try your recipe. They look absolutely delicious.

Jan 03, 2013
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Awesome cookie!
by: Anonymous

These turned out so "pretty" and so good. I will be using this recipe for all special occasions too. Awesome!

Jan 02, 2013
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Great recipe!
by: Susan

These cookies were a hit at our house during Christmas!
The recipes I've seen use pecans, but I like your version of
using almonds rather than pecans, it makes the taste much richer. Thanks for your recipe on this classic
cookie. It's a keeper!!

Dec 15, 2012
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Festive & Delicious
by: Anonymous

I'm a huge fan of Mexican Wedding Cookies, but have never made a cutout version. I look forward to trying these soon.

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