One of my favorite activities to do with my kids is bake homemade cookies. I love watching my little ones get excited and feel empowered making their very own treats, but to be honest I can do without the mess left behind after the final product comes out of the oven. No matter how much fun it may be, the idea of a labor intensive, multi-ingredient cooking project can be taxing on the most patient of moms, which leads to me to the reason for coming up with this cinnamon-y, nutty recipe that could not be easier or more mess-free to make.
Recently, Shutterfly asked me to document making a holiday treat with my daughter for their Storytelling Photo Books and I opted to make this simple but delicious cookie recipe. Chloe took the lead and pretty much did it all from start to finish (yes, I helped out a bit). I loved capturing shot after shot of Chloe doing everything from placing the ingredients into the food processor, pushing the button to pulse it all together, rolling the dough out and finally gently tapping the powdered sugar on top of the freshly baked cookies. She could not have had more fun or gotten more involved or meticulous in her baking.
This delectable dessert is truly easy to make with your kids and spectacular enough to give as a gift to friends, family or teachers. These Cinnamon Mexican Wedding Cookies may be easy to make, but they're hard to forget!
Cinnamon Mexican Wedding Cookies (aka Snowballs) (Makes 2 Dozen)
- 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup Raw Walnuts
- 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
- 1/4 Cup Confectioners’ Sugar, plus additional for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Place the walnuts in a food processor and ground for 30 seconds.
3. Place the ground walnuts, flour and cinnamon in a bowl and combine.
4. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a standing mixer (or bowl using a hand mixer) and cream for 3-4 minutes.
5. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until combined.
6. Using a mini ice cream scoop or a spoon (about 2 tablespoons), scoop out the dough and place on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.
7. Bake for 15 minutes.
8. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve.