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:fnw 2010 - Day 11 - Polvorones: Ground Walnut Cookies :photo

Polvorones: Ground Walnut Cookies

2010 12 Days of Cookies - Day 11 - Courtesy of Food Network
Polvo means powder in Spanish, which is exactly what these crumbly and buttery cookies turn into in your mouth. My mom made polvorones for us every Christmas. These melt-in-your-mouth Mexican wedding cookies are very easy to prepare and are the perfect accompaniment for a warm cup of after-dinner coffee, or for dipping in hot chocolate as I did when I was a child.
Prep Time: 15 min
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hr 35 min
Cook Time: 18 min
Level: Easy
Serves: about 4 dozen

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup ground walnuts
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for serving

Instructions:

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Add the sugar and beat until well blended.
Beat in the flour, and then the ground and chopped walnuts.
Divide the dough in half, forming each half into a ball.
Wrap separately in plastic and chill until cold, about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 325║F.
Working with half of the chilled dough at a time while keeping the rest in the fridge, roll the dough by 2 teaspoonfuls between your palms into balls.
Arrange the balls on a large baking sheet, spacing them 1/2-inch apart.
Bake the cookies until golden brown on the bottom and just pale golden on top, about 18 minutes.
Cool the cookies for 5 minutes on the baking sheet.
Toss the warm cookies in the powdered sugar.
Transfer the sugar-coated cookies to a rack to cool completely.
(The cookies can be prepared 2 days ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature).
Sift additional powdered sugar over the cookies, if desired, before serving.

Recipe courtesy Marcela Valladolid

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