Tuesdays with Dorie: Pecan Powder Puffs

March 29, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 12 Comments
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pecan powder puffs

Even if you’ve never heard of a Pecan Powder Puff, you probably already know what’s up with these cookies.  You’ve likely seen (and tasted) them under one of their other aliases: Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies, etc.  Something that goes by that many names sounds a little sneaky, but if you like nuts, they are really one of the nicest little cookies you’ll come across.

These little puffs are full of ground pecans (although you could certainly use walnuts or almonds in their place).  They get their sweetness mostly from a liberal coating of powdered sugar….preferably enough powdered sugar to make you cough a little bit…know what I mean?  They are crumbly, but melt in your mouth.  If it’s still chilly enough where you live for hot cocoa, the two are a perfect match.  I wish I’d made them a little bigger.  I wish I’d made more of them.  *sigh*

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Buttercream Barbie, as it was Tia’s pick this week.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. These are just so fabulous.

    Yours look great.

  2. Your little powder puffs look so cute. I love the fact that they were tiny – it means I can have more guilt free 😉

  3. Steph, these look so yummy! Grew up on these–doesn’t everyone love them (by any of their aliases!?) Love the melt in your mouth factor.

  4. They look perfect! Im glad you liked them. I ate way to many ..they just melt in your mouth. I agree hot cocoa or coffee would be good with these yummy cookies!

  5. These sound amazing with hot cocoa and your cookies are absolutely perfect! Great job!

  6. yum! they look like snowballs – so cute and so perfect.
    thanks for baking with me this week.

  7. Beautiful photo. I would like one too thank you!
    Have a great day.

  8. I LOVE these little morsels no matter what they’re called. Totally dangerous to have them in the house, warm from the oven. Used to get them fro students at Christmas all musher with other holiday cookies. Great memories.

  9. I love Russian teacakes and these made with almonds were really great. I’m glad I tried these even though I have made many similar cookies.

  10. I love those cookies, they looked so delicious and great looking with powder puffs..really irresistible! I’ll try baking those cute little cookies.

  11. They look puffy and perfect! I wish I had made more as well, or maybe I should say I wish I had hidden a few for me to enjoy later…when will I learn that with teenage boys around, there is no “later” when it comes to cookies!! 😉

  12. I’ve actually never really tried this type of cookie before, but these look really yummy. I may have to give them a go!

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