Family holiday traditions are a funny thing. For me, there is something so special and essential about doing things the way I always have in my own family, that sometimes I can get pretty ridged about our traditions. Like my Christmas cookies, for example: every year I make the same Christmas cookies, the ones my Grandmas both made and a few more modern recipes like my favorite gingersnaps.
When I married Jason, his family had a much different holiday tradition of making tamales for Christmas. I’ll never forget the year he talked me into making his Nanie’s tamales. It took up so much of my time that I never got a chance to bake cookies. It didn’t even feel like the holidays because my traditions were skipped -tamales didn’t taste like Christmas to me!
Recently I partnered with Dunkin’ Donuts® at Home to try their new Bakery Series® coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts® asked me to step outside of my comfort zone, try something new during the holidays, be adventurous and expand my cultural horizons while doing it. So, out of my recipe box I dug out this recipe for Jason’s Nanie’s Mexican Wedding Cookies. She has been raving about how delicious they are for years now, insisting that I try them.
It’s a Christmas cookie that loves to be served with coffee, so I thought why not? In Nanie’s house she always brews her coffee with canella (cinnamon). The smell of that cinnamon coffee, tamales and sweets is definitely “her house” during the holidays! So, I made her Mexican Wedding Cookie as Christmas cookies. Buttery little crescents or rounds (depending on which shape you like best) full of finely chopped pecans and rolled while still warm in powdered sugar.
As I pulled the cookies from the oven, they looked perfect. The recipe was so easy and I wondered why it has taken me so many years to try it for myself. They literally crumble and melt in your mouth! I brewed myself a pot of Dunkin’ Donuts® at Home Bakery Series® Cinnamon Coffee Roll (in honor of her café con canella) and served myself a few cookies. The taste of the cinnamon with the warm sugary and buttery cookie… oh my gosh you guuuuuuys, I’m making these again and again!
I immediately packed up a batch in a small cookie jar and included a bag of Dunkin’ Donuts® at Home Bakery Series® Cinnamon Coffee Roll coffee to go along with it. Then I drove it all over to Jason’s Grandma’s house to drop off. Oh, and Nanie called me later to say that the cookies were the best cookies she has ever had. Ha! Holiday traditions are a funny thing, aren’t they?
- 1 cup salted butter, cold
- ½ cup confectioner’s sugar, plus more for coating
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup pecans, minced very fine
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. This might take a little while because the butter is cold. Beat in vanilla.
- Add flour in on low speed and mix just until combined. Mix in the pecans with a wooden spoon, by hand. With floured hands roll out 1 Tablespoon of dough at a time and shape into crescents or rounds. Place on prepared cookie sheets and bake for 40 minutes. When cool enough to handle, roll in confectioners’ sugar and allow to cool completely on cooling racks.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts® at Home however the recipe and buttery Christmas cookies are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors who keep Freutcake sweet. To find Dunkin’ Donuts® at Home Bakery Series® coffee in a store near you, please visit their website to find store locations.