Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What Do You Call 'Em?

I woke up this morning with a huge craving for Mexican wedding cookies/nutty howard/almond cookies/snowball cookies... Everyone has a different name for them but really doesn't matter what I call em they're still incredibly delicious! So long story short... 6am this morning at my parents house I decided to make them, and man oh man were they just as delicious as the craving reminded that they would be! Not to mention I woke everyone else up in the house with my buttery sugary goodness! I used a recipe I have used for years only this time I made them vegan... they doesn't call for eggs anyway so earth balance is the most amazing buttery substitute a healthy baker could ask for! Try out the recipe and let me know what you think! Or if you're super lazy order a dozen... or 7!

Reply to me on what you call these and we will send a free sample!!


3/4 cup sliced almonds
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup earth balace butter, sliced and softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1 cup confectioners' sugar

Pulse the almonds and sugar in a food processor until very finely ground. Add the butter and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape the dough off the inside of the bowl, if needed. Add the vanilla extract and pulse to combine. Add the flour and salt and pulse to make a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a piece of saran wrap. Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using a table spoon measure, create balls from the dough and roll in your hands. Space the cookies evenly on the prepared baking sheets and bake until slightly golden, about 20 minutes. Put the confectioners' sugar in a pie plate. Briefly cool the cookies on a rack, then gently toss in the confectioners' sugar until evenly coated. Return to rack, cool to room temperature, and then toss again in the confectioners' sugar.



  1. I gained my love of what I've always referred to as "Mexican Wedding Cookies" from my mom!

  2. I know I just wish I had some connection to that name... Considering Ive never actually been to a Mexican wedding... Are they actually served there??:) haha. Please email me your address so we can get samples out to you!

  3. I only remembered these as snowball cookies!!!

    One time literally had a "snowball" fight in the kitchen" I'm not sure the family was too happy about being a few snowballs short just because I wanted to bean my sister in the head with one..

  4. hahaha I LOVE THAT!
    Yeah they do look like snowballs... Now I want to have a "snowball" fight!!

  5. They're also called Russian Tea Cakes in a couple of my cookbooks.
    You don't need to send samples though, I've got my hands full already in the baked goods dept.
    I swear I'll reply to your inquiry about the house cookies. (if it's not too late!!)

  6. I learned them as Mexican Wedding Cookies...we were taught how to make them in fourth grade (Imagine going to music class and coming back to find cookies you had made the dough for that morning magically baked into cookies for you!), though my mom calls them Butter Cookies.

  7. Yeah I have heard russian tea cakes before... I think that's what I always called them... I've also seen "CRESCENTS" used before.

    Yeah they practically are butter cookies haha.


    anyone who wants a sample please email us your address to jenna@shortbreadnyc.com

  8. i have always called them mexican wedding cookies, but have heard all of the names listed above. is there really any difference at all between the names and the actual cookies? CJG

  9. My grandma called them snowball cookies. I didn't actually have her recipe until recently, after going through my mom's stuff and turning up a whole box of grandma's recipes.

    My mom and I always called them Mexican wedding cakes, which was what they were called in the recipe I found in a magazine and have used since high school. I make them every xmas (and sometimes other times :D ) Grandma made them round. I've always made crescent shapes.

  10. I have only ever known these as Mexican Wedding cookies, though I've never actually had them at a wedding. They are my favorite! There is this bakery close to where I work that makes these; I like to go there & snag some when I'm having a bad day...or when I'm having a good day. Let's be honest with each other. :)

  11. haha, yeah I think that's why i became a baker... not matter the day im EATIN!!

  12. I have just discovered a love for baking within the past year. It IS fantastic!

  13. It's my yoga!

    Email me your address and I'll send you a sample!


  14. I known them as Mexican Wedding Cookies and Snowballs. They are one of my favorite cookies and are sinfully delicious.

  15. Great part about this recipe is that they are a LITTLE LESS SINFUL! and delightfully vegan! mmmm devine!

  16. Well... in this part of the world*, we know a very close version, called "GRAYBEH". they balls are pressed down a little before baking and get a thumb print or an almond on top.


  17. I always thought they were "russian tea cakes," like some of the commenters above. whatever they're called, i love these cookies!

  18. In Greece they are called kourambiedes and they are Christmas cookies.

  19. Snow balls and no other name could be more perfect!! They are delicious!


  20. I first ate them in Australia with my mother and the sweet shop owner told us what we ate was shortbread. I guess he thought we would get really confused if he said snow ball esp since it was swnoing outside.... hahaha

  21. Yeah I've seen them as crecent shapes alot but in that case they have been called crecent cookies (lame) ha! I'm liking Mexican wedding cookie sounds so exotic and like theyres so much history behind it! I've been so intrigued by this question I've been looking it up all day! Thanks everyone for all your input! I love hearing different cultures names for them!!!

  22. I called them Italian wedding cookies for some reason!

    Are samples still available?

  23. ya know something... I think I may have called them that too for a while!!

    Yes please email your address! :D

  24. I've always called them Russian Tea Cakes.


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