These Mexican wedding cookies (aka Russian tea cake cookies) are a holiday tradition in my family, however since going vegan, I (for whatever reason!) hadn’t attempted them! But I am so happy I did! These cookies are buttery, creamy, melty, and the pecans remind me of the holidays! These cookies did not last long in my house (they won’t in yours either). They’re best fresh from the oven, while still warm, when the powdered sugar is lightly attached! I’ve seen these made in a crescent shape as well as little rounds, so if you’re feeling creative, you can go ahead and make them crescent shaped, but if you’re not great with working with dough (like me), they’re perfect as little rounds!
- ¾ cup Earth Balance vegan butter
- ½ cup vegan powdered sugar plus more for dusting
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1⅓ cups all purpose unbleached flour
- ½ cup pecans, chopped or minced in a food processor
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine your butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla and mix until smooth.
- Add your flour to your sugar/butter mixture.
- Fold in your chopped pecans.
- Roll your dough into balls using approx. ½ Tbl. worth of dough and bake for 40 minutes, or until the bottom of your cookies are golden.
- Once your cookies have cooled, but are still warm, dust with powdered sugar, and enjoy either warm or cool and snob away.
Last night Jeff and I took the trip out to see all the New York holiday lights and windows! They were all so magical! It got me thinking about the holidays and gratitude. One thing I’ve begun doing recently, which is changing my day to day tremendously, is writing out what I’m grateful for. For a lot of people I know that the holidays can be really stressful, and if you’re a new vegan or vegetarian, that stress is magnified because lots of holiday traditions surround food! One thing that helps keep myself and life in check is by doing these daily gratitudes. By writing out your gratitudes, it focuses you and provides a great reference for where you’ve come. It’s a great positive activity that everyone should do daily. I try to write down 3 gratitudes every night! Sometimes they’re basic and simple (I.E. I’m thankful for music), but other days they’re more meaningful.
My 3 gratitudes last night were:
1. I’m so grateful to be able to experience New York City in the holidays! I’ve traveled a lot and New York is a contender for the most festive!
2. I’m grateful to be able to go home to Colorado for the holidays! Living across the country from my family means that I get to see them less and less, so I’m happy to spend time with them!
3. I’m grateful for my choice to be a vegan. We all make choices, some good, some bad, but this is a choice that I made 7 years ago, and to this day, I’m still a vegan. I’m grateful for all the vegan recipes out there and products, and I’m grateful that I can create my own cruelty-free traditions each year with my own recipes! It’s so rewarding knowing that you are part of a movement and that you are helping those in need.
I encourage you to start journaling your gratitudes so that you can have a clearer focus for the holidays and the new year. It’s a great way to put life into perspective and a great way to see what a difference you’re making and what’s changing in you over the years. I encourage you to start right now! If you’re comfortable, leave a comment with one thing you’re grateful for! It might be the same as someone else’s!
I’d also like to say that I’m so grateful for you stopping on by and reading and using my recipes! I’m so happy that I can help you achieve your vegan/vegetarian goals. As an extension of my gratitude, I’ve created a holiday survival guide for new vegans or aspiring vegans! It features a huge array of holiday recipes, from dinner rolls to pecan pie to these cookies to gingerbread! I’ve also thrown in some tips about being the lone vegan at a holiday party, as well as how to handle those sticky situations with relatives with scenarios and responses! Be sure to also check out my holiday vegan gift guide, for ideas for those vegans in your life OR for you to drop hints to others!
Download your holiday guide here now!
P.S. Don’t forget to download my holiday guide and don’t forget to leave a comment about what you’re grateful for!