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Vegan Mexican Wedding Cakes, aka, Russian Tea Cakes.

December 24th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, Christmas, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Kosher, Kosher non-dairy dessert, Low-Calorie, New York City, North Fork, Snack, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Tips, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

I believe a dissertation could be written on the historic intersection that connects Mexican wedding cakes to Russian tea cakes, and I have a vast collection of over-educated friends–(you know who you are)–who could write it. However, today, utilitarian speculation will have to suffice. It may have happened with the various migrations of Russian Jews and other Eastern Europeans pre and post WWII to Mexico, where their mark remains clear in my old neighborhood of Polanco in Mexico City. Or maybe it just happened at a turn of the century cookie exchange!

However it happened, we are all fond of these little knobs or crescents of nut-filled cookies, rolled in powdered sugar, and the non-gluten, non-dairy version of the recipe may be even better with the addition of coconut and nut flour. In either case, buen provecho and priyatnogo appetita!


2 cups almond flour
1 cup unsalted pistachios, chopped finely
2 tbsp. freshly grated orange zest
2 tbsp. coconut flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Combine almond flour, pistachios, coconut flour, baking powder, cardamom, coconut flour, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large mixing bowl, if not using a stand mixer), combine coconut oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in almond flour mixture. Scoop out balls of dough and form into 3/4″ balls. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving about 1″ of space between. Bake until golden brown, about 17-20 minutes.

Pour powdered sugar into a medium mixing bowl.While cookies are still warm, roll in powdered sugar.

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