We used to make these at Cafe Nola. They're also known as Mexican Wedding Cakes.
Makes 3-4 dozen cookies
- 1 1/2 cup nuts (hazelnuts, pecans or walnuts) toasted
- 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1/4 t salt
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 2 t vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
Toast nuts for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
Cream together butter and sugar.
In a cuisinart, grind nuts plus one cup of flour.
Add nuts, salt and vanilla to butter and mix to combine. Add remaining 2 cups of flour and mix well.
Break off scant 1-inch round pieces of dough and roll into balls. Bake until lightly golden.
Cool slightly, then roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely and roll a second time in the sugar.