ONE VERSATILE COOKIE (that’s me)

Day 3, May 4, 2018

 

Half-baked cookies in the oven
Half-baked people on the bus 
There's a little bit of fruitcake left in everyone of us.
                                         Jimmy Buffett

 

My friend Laurie is hosting a Cinco de Mayo dinner at her home.  I volunteered to bake which is what I always volunteer to do.  I love to bake.  I would bake every day if I could.  This blog could be 60 Days of Baking but I would have to rename the sub title to reflect 60 Days to 60 Pounds and I would rather fit into my clothes at the end of this.  I used to bake more and send the goodies to work with my husband.  Then he began to work from home so I would bring the love to my neighbors.  My neighbors are gracious and thankful but don’t want to eat too many baked goods either.  We have a few parties and attend a few events so I am not deprived of my joy for baking.

My friend Donna once asked me if I love to bake because I love to eat the baked goods or for the pleasure of baking?  She wanted to know because her daughter, Gianna, at 10 years of age decided she loved to bake.  I told her that for me it was definitely both the eating and the actual preparation I enjoyed.  But there are a few more reasons:

  1. Baking is like a chemistry experiment. Will it work?  Will it fall flat?  Will it burst into flames?
  2. There is a certain amount of satisfaction when it comes together and looks and tastes good. Not exactly a thrill but definitely a feel good emotion.
  3. I find baking very cathartic. Therapy without a therapist.
  4. Baked goods make people happy. Who doesn’t want to make people happy?

And lastly, I love to bake because my grandmother, mother and aunts bake(d) a lot.  I can channel their expertise and feel close to them.  I can still see the violets in the windowsill of my grandmother’s kitchen and remember the smell of pies baking, my mother and aunts in aprons lending a hand.

For the party tomorrow night, I am making Mexican Wedding Cakes.  These guys have many origins.  They can be called Russian Tea Cakes or Meltaways or even Sand Tarts.  Yet, they are without a doubt, cookies.  And in honor of Cinco de Mayo tomorrow and because I feel Mexicans have had enough taken from them, I will call them Mexican Wedding Cakes.

I am sticking with the recipe I like the best from Family Circle and switching it up to use walnuts because that is what I have in my pantry.  However, you can use almonds, pecans and even pepitas. I also rolled them into balls which is how the Mexican Wedding Cakes are traditionally shaped (as opposed to the gringo version of crescents).  Then I chilled them again for 20 more minutes once I rolled them into balls, just prior to popping them in the oven so they would hold their shape better.  Other than that, I stuck to the basic recipe.

Can you believe there are only 5 ingredients.  Doesn’t get easier than this.

Cookie ingredients

Ready to take to the party.

meltaway cookies

 

 

Oops, forgot to hit “publish” yesterday.  Already a day behind.  Will catch up!

The link for the recipe is here:  https://www.familycircle.com/recipe/meltaways/

 

2 thoughts on “ONE VERSATILE COOKIE (that’s me)

  1. One of my favorite cookies! We called them Pecan Sandies and followed the recipe in the Betty Crocker cookbook I’ve had since a teenager. These were always a “must bake for Christmas” cookie!

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