mexican wedding cookies with walnuts?
I want to make some but I only have walnuts at home. You think I can sub?
I am no expert, but my grandmother never seemed to have any problems with that. Slightly different taste and texture, but not much. Good luck.
Yes, use walnuts. My mexican wedding cake recipe from Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts is walnut-based:
1 stick butter
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sifted flour
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped very fine
Walnuts and if you will blanch them in boiling water and then rinse and toast at 350 F for about 20-25 mins before using them you will be amazed at the improvement in flavor and shocked at the brown scum that comes off of them. I automatically do that with walnuts and pecans unless I know that they were picked yesterday. Those oils that come to the surface of the nuts goes rancid very quickly and gives them that bitter taste. Doing this makes them sweet and toasty.
I second the recommendation for toasting the walnuts beforehand. I've found that the toasted walnuts are easier to grind in the food processor: I usually dump in the toasted walnuts, flour and powdered sugar all at once and use the food processor to mix. just one thing that I learned the hard way - check on the walnuts (or any nuts for that matter) while they're toasting in the oven: they go from wonderfully fragrant to hopelessly burnt pretty quickly.
Thanks!!! It's a bit late to make a 2nd batch of cookies tonight (I made clementine poppy seed ice box cookies instead) but I'll defintely be making the walnut mexican wedding cookies tomorrow. Will report back.