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Russian Tea Cakes (a.k.a. Mexican Wedding Cookies)

What you need: 

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
6 tablespoons + 1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided
1 cup vegan margarine (2 sticks)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

What you do: 

1. In a bowl, combine flour, nuts, and 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
2. In a separate bowl, cream the margarine with the vanilla extract. Add to the flour mixture; mix well, then chill the dough for 1 hour or more.
3. Roll into 1-inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly so that they can be cooked evenly since they do not spread much during the baking process.
4. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the tops are not sticky too touch.
5. While cookies still warm, roll in 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Please use extra care when handling them since they are fragile. Cool completely and roll in powdered vegan sugar again.. ENJOY.... these are truly delicious!!!

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

Similar recipes range from 325 F to 400 F, so I added 350 F to the recipe.  Not knowing the baking temperature for sure, check them and remove them when the tops aren't sticky, but they haven't browned.

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I just started making these and don't see a temperature - is it missing?

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This is a great recipe.  I knew these as Mexican Wedding Cakes, and really enjoyed the treat.

I think next time instead of following the cooking directions, I would cook them longer so that they are crisp.  Undercooking them like that means they aren't really edible until the next day when the centers have dried out a bit.  They are nice and chewy then, but the cookies as I've had them were always dry and crunchy.

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i almost forgot about these! phew. but is the 5 tablespoons of sugar supposed to be powdered sugar??

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My mom made these every Christmas.  We plain ol' caucasians referred to them as "snowballs" LOL.  Nice to know this is such a multi-cultural treat.  :)  Thanks for posting the recipe.

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my grandma wanted to pass down her recipe to me, but hers included one part lard -gag- and two parts crisco, I thought that this recipe didn't need passing on, but thanks for putting up a vegan version, I used to love these things before I found what was in them
=)

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This cookie is called pan de polvo... I've never heard anyone refer to it as a Mexican wedding cookie.  Thank you so much for putting this up.  I had been searching for a pan de polvo recipe that didn't include lard for a while now.  I did make some adjustments in an attempt ot get it closer to my family's recipe.  I left out the walnuts/pecans.  I also added a bit of cinnamon.
REMARKABLE!
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suggestion: use almonds instead of walnuts. i haven't used pecans; maybe next time i'll give that a try

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