January 29, 2010

Mexican Wedding Cookies for Global Kadai Event and Thai Velli Kolam

The idea behind the Global Kadai event announced by Cilantro interested me - indianizing the recipe. One is free to make any changes to suit the availability of ingredients in India. the first recipe is the popular Mexican wedding cookies. Since no egg in the orginal recipe, I  didnot have to look for an egg replacer. No leavening agents like baking powder or cooking soda. I opted for coconut in place of pecans and used cardamom for flavor instead of cinnamon. Though i love cinnamon, to give an Indian flavor, chose cardamom. Coconut and cardamom paired well with the cocoa and its a keeper recipe. I had only 1/2 cup of butter so halved the recipe. I got 2 dozens of cookies.

Baking Temp : 180 C
Time              : 15-18 minutes
Yields            : 2 dozen

You need

Butter, softened - 1 cup

Powdered Sugar - 1/3 cup

Vanilla essence - 2 tspn

All purpose flour - 1 3/4 cup

Fresh grated coconut - 1 cup

Cocoa powder - 1/2 cup

cardamom - 3/4 tspn

Salt - a pinch

1/2 cup powdered sugar for coating the cookies


Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla essence. Mix the rest of the dry ingredients and slowly add to the creamed butter and sugar mix. Gather the ingredients and make a soft dough. Chill the dough for 1-2 hours to firm up. I chilled for 2 hours. Pinch off the dough and make small balls. Line it on a greased baking tray and bake at 180 C for 18 minutes. When warm, roll it on the powdered sugar and leave it to cool.

Though the cookies were less sweet on its own, the sugar coating makes it up. It was very tasty and could not stop with one. I baked it one evening and on the second day only 10 was left.

Here is the kolam for this Friday.


  1. Wow gorgeous mexican wedding cookies, looks scrumptious..

  2. cookies looks soft and delicious..supoer kolams..I am awed that you do all th e things so religiously..should learn that from you..

  3. The cookies look great, I love the flavor of cardamom.

  4. Yummy cookies..Looks very nice .. Kolam is looking awesome :)

  5. I love these cookies, i like the idea you used fresh coconut. Looks so beatuiful.

  6. Cookies look so gorgeous, like snow topped hills! :))

  7. Beautiful kolams! Specially the maakkolam looks lovely.
    Cookies seem just as lovely too.

  8. Jayasree,
    Thank you for the wonderful entry. I shall update you when I post the roundup.Cookies have come out perfect. Lovely kolams too.

  9. The coconut makes this recipe very tasty! Kolam are beautiful!

  10. Cookies are gorgeous and I love the first rangoli more looks so nice!!!

  11. Cookies looks mouthwatering and yummy...rangoli looks great..very creative..

    cheers and do visit me if you can


  12. Yum, these are a favorite of everyone I know... It's one of those recipes requested of me all the time... They look delicious!

  13. This time it is the kolam that had me ogling:). It is something I have not seen before and looks good too. I do not get the opportunity to make kolams anymore considering that the corridor is not spacious enough but used to love making them earlier!

    Mexican wedding cookies have been on my 'to do list' for long. I like your substitutions - great experiments going on in Kailas Kitchen!:)


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