You can’t eat just one…they get your fingers all white with powdered sugar…they seem to satisfy perhaps because they contain some nuts with the flour…you see them on many a cookie platter around this time of year. I’m talking about, none other than, Mexican Wedding Cookies.
Yes, I make a light version of these and each cookie only contains 9.5 grams of carbohydrate which could be helpful to people with diabetes. You can use a plant sterol ester margarine like TAKE CONTROL (just make sure it has 8 grams of fat per tablespoon) and it may help lower your serum cholesterol too.
Mexican Wedding Cookies
Pastelitos de boda (wedding cookies) are a traditional dessert at Mexican weddings. They have nuts in them and they are sweet with powdered sugar.
1 cup walnut, pecan, or almond pieces, toasted in a nonstick frying pan until fragrant
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/8 cup unbleached white flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup less fat margarine (with 8 grams of fat per tablespoon)
1/4 cup light cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees. In food processor bowl, add the nuts, flours, salt, and cinnamon and process until the mixture is nicely blended and the nuts are finely chopped (about 30 seconds). Set aside.
- In mixer bowl (use the paddle beater on the standing mixer) cream the margarine, light cream cheese and 1 cup of powdered sugar by beating on medium speed until fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add vanilla and almond extracts and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix on low until dough comes together.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on a two nonstick baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned around the edges (about 18 to 20 minutes). Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cookies are cool enough to hold in your hand.
- Place 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar in medium bowl and roll the warm cookies in the sugar and return to baking sheets. Let cool 15 minutes and roll in the sugar again.
Yield: Makes 38 cookies
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic Members journal as 1 portion light dessert
Nutrition Information Per serving (1 cookie = 1 serving): 78 calories, 2 g protein, 9.5 g carbohydrate, 3.8 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, .5 mg cholesterol, .6 g fiber, 38 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 43 percent.