Tuesdays with Dorie: Lemon Pecan Powder Puffs

3/29/11


These cookies are also known as Mexican wedding cakes or, just pecan puffs. But whatever you call them, they're a Christmas-time favourite, and until now, I've never been a huge fan. What used to turn me off was the involuntary choking that resulted from the loose coating of confectioners sugar...of course that may be due to the way I inhale baked good during the 'it's-perfectly-permissible-to-be-bad, Holiday season'. For some reason, this particular recipe didn't induce any throat tickling, in fact, I was finally able to enjoy the cookies for what they truly are, delicate, crumbly, softy sweet confections that practically melt in your mouth before you're even finished chewing the first bite...of course this could be due to the fact that Summer is rapidly approaching (no thanks to the cold weather) and, although my jeans say otherwise, I'm no longer inhaling as many sweets.

At any rate, I almost skipped this recipe because I didn't want to be tossed back into the throws of winter (no offense, Holiday season, but I was so over you by mid-January). Instead of using the called-for cinnamon, I added the zest of one lemon, because, let's face it, citrus and I are too tight to not be bffs again. Lemon shaker pie what?

This week's recipe was chosen by Tianne (Tia) of the fabulous blog, Buttercream Barbie. Thanks, Tia. I'm now officially a pecan powder puff girl! For the recipe, please visit Tia's blog by clicking here.

22 comments:

Becky said...

yours turned out perfectly. great addition with lemon. I loved these!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So lovely and addictive!

Cheers,

Rosa

The Cafe Sucre Farine said...

Beautiful!! Who wouldn't want to take a bite of one of these! I'm ready right now even though I haven't had breakfast yet! Awesome photgraph!

Beth said...

These look great! And thanks for the lemon variation; you know I'll be trying that version for sure.

Marisa said...

They look so pillowy! I've yet to try the Mexican wedding cookies, although I've got about a dozen versions bookmarked. I like the citrus twist in yours.

LESAPEA MUSINGS said...

This looks light and fun to eat.

Lisa xx

Flourchild said...

Great idea to use some lemon! Im glad you liked these cookies after not caring for this type much! I make these very Christmas..they scream hoidays to me:0)

Sweet and Savory said...

These are beautiful. Mine fell into a pile of crumbs. Should I try to make these, again?

Anne said...

Your cookies are so pretty and I think a citrus version would be amazing. Great job, everything on your blog looks absolutely delicious!

Yadi I. said...

I died, I just died reading this recipe. I love lemon anything!!!

Mimi said...

Great idea to use lemon to brighten up these cookies.
Mimi

Tia said...

you are so inventive! now these cookies go from christmastime to springtime! i love it.
Thanks for joining me in this week's TWD. Take care!
Buttercreambarbie

Stella said...

Hey My Valerie, I love wedding cookies-always have. I used to stuff them in my pockets at holiday dinners when I was little. I would still do it, but I don't like crumbly jean pockets;-)
Anyway, these look so delicious...!
XOXO

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I have never heard of these, but I imagine that they would be fabulous! I love lemon or nutty flavours. Thanks for sharing this unique recipe.

Nicole said...

Lemon would be divine with these! I'm with you, I'm tired of winter and I'm ready for spring.

Jean said...

Wow, these look so delicate and beautiful. I will bet they are delicious! Fantastic work, Valerie!

tinytearoom said...

mexican wedding cookies are my favourite. These look so adorable with the powdered sugar all over them.

Barbara said...

These are a favorite around my house...my daughter loves them. I've never made them with lemon though. Will have to try it.

RamblingTart said...

I also hate that choking from too much powdered sugar. :-) Yours are perfectly dusted though. Mmm, I haven't had these in ages. :-)

Barbara | VinoLuciStyle said...

I never make these for anything but Christmas either and am wondering why. I use my Grandmother's recipe which is in an 85 year old cookbook that my non cooking cousin has (how fair is that?).

My Grandma would roll over in her grave if someone called them Mexican Wedding cookies...they were Pecan Butter Balls and a part of her Scandinavian heritage! The lemon is unique and I should try it; checking out Dories book now to see how similar our recipes are. Thanks for sharing!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I hate that throat drying confectioners sugar thing too. These cookies look good though, the sugar doesn't seem as much!

jennybaby said...

They look so lovely and delicate!
Also, a little like dusted mochi (japanese rice cakes)~ ^o^

 

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