This weekend we have our annual Christmas party with a family we've been friends with our whole lives. This year we decided to do a cookie and ornament exchange so I was going through all the memories I could to try and find a cookie that would be meaningful to share. The memory came to me of a bakery just down the street from our friends and the most beautiful, fun and yummiest cookie ever. My Mom would drop by there just to pick some of these up for us, and being a mom now myself I'm sure that she did it just so she could see the excitement on our faces when she came back to the car with a bag full of these danish wedding cookies! It is probably a good thing that I never realized how easy it is to make these when I was younger or we just may have been eating these every day! They are the perfect cookies to make when you don't have a house full of fancy ingredients but you need a fancy looking treat to impress the crowd.
You will need:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup confectioners sugar, divided
3 oz cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
With an electric mixer, cream butter and 1/4 cup confectioners sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add cream cheese and mix about 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla and almond extracts. Fold in flour and pecans.
Roll into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 14 - 18 minutes until lightly browned.
Let cool slightly, but while still warm, place one at a time in a plastic ziplock bag with the other 1/4 cup confectioners sugar. Roll around enough to coat and place them back on wire rack to finish cooling.
This is a fairly flexible recipe so if you prefer or only have vanilla extract feel free to use only that or replace almond extract with coconut extract. You can also use walnuts or almonds if you prefer those.
I hope that you love these simple beautiful little cookies as much as I do! They are perfect for a snowy, Christmasy looking treat or any other occasion too!
Have a good weekend and good luck on all your almost last minute Christmas preparations!