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Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Like many people, I’ve been increasingly saddened and upset by the US’s treatment of immigrants and asylum-seekers. As an activist who endeavors to speak up on the side of compassion and justice, I have been feeling especially overloaded by recent events and I know that I am not alone. I also know that the antidote to despair – as far as I am concerned – is mindful action and coming together as a community. This is why I didn’t skip a beat when my friend Ashley of Logan Arcade in Chicago reached out to me with the idea of doing a vegan bake sale, hosted at the location of their fun, popular space. I put up an event page the next day and the Vegan Bake Sale for Immigrant Families and Asylum-Seekers was born. Within minutes, restaurants and professional bakers started reaching out to me to see if they could donate, as well as lots of just regular folks who wanted to contribute in some way, either through baking, volunteering or donating money. Our bake sale is happening Sunday, July 1, the day after rallies around the country starting at 12:30 at Logan Arcade, 2410 W. Fullerton and we have more than ten professionals lined up who are donating vegan baked goods as well as many more bakers. Please join us if you are able! All proceeds – every last penny – will be split between RAICES and PASO, two organizations that provide advocacy, legal counsel/protection, reunification and legislation for immigrant children, families and refugees. (If you cannot make our bake sale, please consider donating to one of these wonderful charities.)

I am so honored to be able to do this and, honestly, still so worried about people in jeopardy. These classic and simple to make Mexican Wedding Cookies, tender but crispy, were developed with these vulnerable but strong people in mind. Please continue to speak up for those who are most affected by our racist and indifferent national policies.
 

Speaking of great food, check out our new e-book, Fun, Festive and Fabulous Vegan Holidays for Everyone: Recipes, Puns, Historic Lore, Tips and More to Help You Celebrate Without Compromise, and I think you will LOVE it. We cover ten celebrations along with more than 70 previously published and brand-spanking-new recipes – all vegan and gluten-free – that are designed for everyone from beginning to more experienced cooks to recreate in their own kitchens with ingredients that are easy to access, helping you to live it up, vegan style. Whether you’re vegan or omnivorous, whether you celebrate certain holidays or not, you will find dozens of really fun, delicious and damn impressive recipes to enjoy year-round, along with puns, historic lore, advice and so much more to keep you interested. So much value-added! Vegan Holidays for Everyone is for everyone who likes to enjoy great food without compromise.

 

Mexican Wedding Cookies

1 cup vegan butter, softened and cubed
cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
(I recommend this brand)
2 cups pecan pieces, toasted and pulsed until crumbly in the food processor
(walnuts or almonds will also work, or a combination)
1 – 2 tablespoons nondairy milk or water
teaspoon salt
Extra powdered sugar for rolling
(about cup)



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Pour your extra powdered sugar on a plate.

Gather about a golf ball size dough in your hands and gently squeeze and shape into a firmer ball. Roll around on the plate with the powdered sugar until covered and do this with the rest of the dough. Bake for 8 minutes, turn 180 degrees, and bake another 9 minutes.

Remove from the over and cool on a cooling rack for ten minutes. When cool enough to handle, roll the cookies again in the rest of the powdered sugar and allow to cool completely before serving.








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