Thursday, May 5, 2011

Gay Mexican Wedding Cookies - National Cookie Week - The Gay Gourmet!™

It's day 4 of National Cookie Week which means it's CINCO DE MAYO!!!! (Insert the Mexican Hat Dance Song here) DANCE, DANCE, DANCE, YEA! Okay enough of that. So when thinking about what I should do for both of these joyous celebrations (NCW & CDM) I felt like I had to honor my Mexican friends somehow! (P.S. I'm Puerto Rican) BUT HOW?!?!? SO, I was hunting through recipes & hunting & more hunting and finally this great idea came over me!

Cinco De Mayo is

observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico, which occurs on September 16th.
- WIkipedia

SO, no it's not an Independence Day but yes it's a celebration of victory and freedom! I'm about to get a little deep/political here... The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Community has been fighting for equal rights for years now and yes we have come a long way but there still is so much further to go. LGBT suicides are still happening, Hate crimes are still happening (recently in my neighborhood), and we still aren't allowed to get married just to touch on a few issues.

So In celebration of the freedom that Cinco De Mayo celebrates, in honor the ongoing fight for "freedom"/LGBT Equal Rights and for The Gay Gourmet's!™ National Cookie Week I give to you...

Gay Mexican Wedding Cookies!!!
(aka Ms. Dusty KiKi Maria Balls de la Mexi-nilla but you can call her Ms. Dusty Balls)

Her Wants..

* 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
* 2 cups powdered sugar divided into 1/2 cup & a cup and a 1/2
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 2 cups all purpose flour
* 1/8 tsp cinnamon
* a pinch of salt
* 1 cup pecans, toasted, coarsely ground
* 1/3 cup round cake sprinkles

* Another 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon reserved with the cup & 1/2 of sugar

Her Needs..

1. Using electric mixer fitted with a paddle (which I'm still waiting to get in the mail, who's sending me one?) beat butter in large bowl until light and fluffy.

2. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and vanilla; beat until well blended.

3. In a bowl whisk flour, salt & cinnamon together then add in sections to Sugar & vanilla.

4. Then add pecans and sprinkles.

5. Divide dough in half and form each half into ball. Wrap separately in plastic; chill until cold, about 30 minutes.

6. Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and cinnamon in deep dish to blend. Set cinnamon sugar aside.

7. Working with half of chilled dough, roll dough by 2 teaspoonfuls between palms into balls. Arrange balls on heavy large baking sheet, spacing 1/2 inch apart.

8. Bake cookies until golden brown on bottom and just pale golden on top, about 18 minutes.

9. Cool cookies 5 minutes on baking sheet. Gently toss warm cookies in cinnamon sugar to coat completely then transfer coated cookies to rack and cool completely.

10. Repeat coating the balls (Don't you get any ideas) with remaining half of dough.

(You can make Cookies 2 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature; reserve remaining cinnamon sugar.)

When ready sift remaining cinnamon sugar over cookies and serve!!

These cookies are the cutest cause there is a rainbow surprise when you bite into them and they are quite tasty to boot!

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone! How will you be celebrating? I'll still be baking for..

and maybe having a Margarita or two... ooo maybe I'll make my jalapeño pineapple marg!

Till tomorrow!

Delicisouly Living,

Michael Muñoz
The Gay Gourmet!™

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