This recipe is a Filipino spin on the Italian Wedding Cookies, which is also known as Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Wedding Cookies. Many cultures have claimed the title for these cookies, so if you are having a Filipino Wedding, you might as well call them Filipino Wedding Cookies right?
The basic cookie dough recipe, no matter which culture you want emphasized on the title is the same, what made this recipe respectfully Pinoy, are the added ingredients.
For the basic cookie dough recipe you will need…
1 & ½ cup butter cubed and at room temp
¾ cup confectioners sugar
¾ tsp salt
3 cups all purpose flour
more Confectioners sugar for dusting later
We are making two versions of this cookie recipe. One is the Coco-Pandan and the other is Langkasuy.
The combination of Pandan and coconut is a classic in traditional Filipino deserts. It is used to make the sweet and creamy Buco-Pandan dessert and it has been used as a flavoring for polvoron, flan, and cupcakes as well. Pandan is a flavoring derived from a leaf, also known as the screw-pine leaf,
To make Coco-Pandan you will need…
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes (the one used for baking, so go check the baking aisle at the grocery)
1 teaspoon Pandan Extract (I used the colored version so the cookies have a hint of green in them. Also be careful not to put too much, this extract is strong and might leave a bitter aftertaste if you are not careful)
1 cup chopped pistachios (optional)
The langka and kasuy is also a perfect pair that has been used to flavor many Filipino deserts. Kasuy is the Filipino word for cashew, and Langka or jackfruit is a popular food item in tropical south and southeast Asia.
To make Langkasuy Cookies you will need….
1 cup chopped Kasuy or unsalted Cashew Nuts
1 teaspoon Langka Extract (The only version I can find at the grocery was the colored one, so your cookies will look yellowish. It also has a strong flavor so this amount is just right to highlight the langka flavor)
½ cup chopped langka fruit (I used the canned langka, drained it and patted them dry with paper towels. We do not want to add any more liquid into the cookie recipe or it will be too wet and the “balled” look will be hard to achieve.
Now, on what to do…
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper. No need to grease the baking surface.
In a bowl sift (with a strainer) together the confectioners sugar, salt and flour. Add the cubed butter and use your hands to break the butter into the flour mixture. This would start off crumbly and later on it will form into a dough. Fold in the add-ons. Keep folding and kneading until the add ons are mixed into the dough mixture.
If you want to do both cookies, divide cookie dough mixture into two and make sure to do half of the add on recipes.
To make the balls, I used a ½ tablespoon measuring spoon to help me make the cookies uniform in size. If you want bigger cookies use a bigger spoon, and alternatively a smaller spoon to make smaller cookies.
Place balled-up dough onto the baking sheet about ½ inch apart. The cookies don’t really flatten out so you only need a bit of space in between, which also translates to being able to bake more cookies at a time as opposed to baking traditional disc cookies.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Dust with confectioners sugar when done.
Serve warm or cool.
I find that these cookies can be stored in an airtight container for a while. I kept mine sealed in a fridge and it tasted fresh after two weeks. Definitely the type of cookies you can use at weddings because you can make batches of it ahead of time. May also be a good idea to have them wrapped-up nicely and use as favors.
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Written by Donna
With moving to California and having two kids, Donna traded in her city night-owl-running-on-caffeine lifestyle by becoming a suburban domestic deity. She is a special-ed teacher during the daytime, and a juggler of sorts in the evenings and most weekends. If most people find watching TV or shopping relaxing, she on the other hand, finds running, making lists of things to do, trips to the grocery, crafting, and experimenting with new recipes to be fun.
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