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Stephanie's Mexican Wedding Cakes

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Total time: 50 minutes | Makes about 50 cookies
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons water or brandy
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Sifted powdered sugar

Step 1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla. Stir in half of the flour, then add the water or brandy. Stir in the rest of the flour and the chopped pecans until blended. Roll the dough into 3/4-inch balls and place them 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet.

Step 3Bake on the middle rack of the oven until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool slightly and toss in powdered sugar.

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