ANDREA of Cooking Books loves the Mexican Wedding Cookie..
Spryte of Spryte's Place has Swedish Tea Cakes.
Smitten Kitchen Has Russian Tea Cakes.
Eat Me Delicious has Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies.
Halfbaked has her version also!
If , however, you are among the people with a tasty palate, I IMPLORE you to read on. These Toasted Pecan Baby Cakes are extremely delicious. They are similar to a Russian Tea Cake cookie, but in a cupcake form. Buttery, nutty, light, airy, rich, sexy, huh?, --why does rich always go along with sexy--all in one bite. Holy God in Heaven they are worth a try!!!
**Before we begin this fantastic little dessert, I have an extremely significant thought provoking inquiry for you all. Please read this scenario carefully as I am very interested in your answer.
Scenario: Husband and wife ( FFH and I) driving along in the car having a quiet lapse of conversation. (Very rare as he always has stories to tell.) Ahead of us is Costco, Target, etc. Again, just him and I in the car, quiet silence between us, just the sound of country music playing on the radio. Out of the clear blue sky, as we start passing stores, he starts saying, "Target,", "Costco, The Warehouse Superstore", "Big Lots", OK PEOPLE.. He is just reading signs of the stores out loud. To Whom? WHY? Does he think this is a way of conversing? Why does he need to just say names of stores out loud as we pass them? I have to hold in my laugh when he does this, I just don't get it. Any insight on this would truly, truly be appreciated. This is one thing I DO NOT, for the life of me, get!
OK, on to things that make sense in my world, butter, cooking, and eating. Eating, Eating oh, yeah, and more Eating.
Toasted Pecan Baby Cakes
This recipe makes about 24 baby cakes.
Preheat your oven to 350. Grease and flour 24 2 1/2 inch muffin cups and set aside. When a recipe says grease and flour, I am a lazy girlie. I use
This, you see. It says, baking spray with flour, that means, to me, anyway, grease and flour. Best invention since sliced bread, wouldn't you say. Why it's right up there with the banana hammock, I'd dare say.
Prepare your pecans
Toast them, I toasted mine at 350 for about 7 minutes, flipping once. You'll know when they are done, you will smell that beautiful aroma only a toasted pecan has. Cool them slightly, and grind them,baby. I use a food processor to grind them. Don't grind to a paste , just to a powder-like consistency. Set aside, try not to take a spoonful.
In a mixing bowl beat your butter, softened,
Oh, yes, it is salted you see. I know it's almost univerally agreed upon that unsalted butter is better for baking. Well, I am a rebel you see. A rebel without a cause. I am woman. Hear me Roar. I am just the girl-who loves to cook and bake- next door.
Anyway, beat your butter for 30 seconds, gradually add your sugar
Beat until well combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Please define occasionally in this context . Occasionally, to me, while giving cooking instructions is just damn mighty vague.Beat in your baking powder, vanilla, and salt.
Add your eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until combined.
In another bowl, combine your toasted pecans and flour.
Mix these together. Alternately add the flour mixture and your milk (It does a body good) (And its a Natural)to the butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until just combined. Spoon your batter into prepared muffin cups.
Toasted Pecan Baby Cakes are to dessert as Abercrombie is to my 11 year old daughter. Toasted Pecan Baby Cakes are to dessert as a Mojito is to a hot summer day.Toasted Pecan Baby Cakes are to dessert as a fireman is to your rescue. Toasted Pecan Baby Cakes are to dessert as double stuff is to the oreo. Toasted Pecan Baby Cakes are to dessert as a comment is to a blogger!
Just letting you know according to the nutritional guidelines of this recipe, there are only 190 calories in each one of these. Therefore, being the mathematical supergenius that I am, I figure we, as women, can have 10 of these a day, and maybe gain only 1/4 of a pound, who'll know? I ain't telling! BTW, one good romp in the hay will burn up the 300 calories, and you won't have to worry about it.