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Holiday cookies: Ultimate wedding cookie

December 19, 2011 |  8:00 am

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Bonnie Zanardi of Whittier was one of the winners of last year's Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off with this recipe for what she calls "the ultimate wedding cookie."

Cookiecover"Years ago, I saw the recipe printed on a bag of C&H sugar," she wrote. "It was so simple I almost ignored it. Sure glad I didn't. It is the most requested cookie I bake. The only alteration I've made is the type of nuts used...Macadamia nuts take this recipe over the top."

They're among the 50 favorite holiday cookie recipes we've collected in our "Holiday Cookies" e-book, which is on sale now.

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Photo: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

The ultimate wedding cookie

Total time: 1 hour

Servings: Makes about 5 dozen cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar, divided

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cups finely chopped macadamia nuts

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter with one-half cup powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and nuts. Beat the flour mixture slowly into the butter over low speed if using a stand mixer, or gently stir the flour into the butter mixture by hand until evenly combined to form a dough.

4. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls (about 1 rounded teaspoon of dough per cookie); if the dough is too soft to roll, chill it in the refrigerator until it is easy to handle. Place the cookies at least 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

5. While the cookies are still hot, gently roll them once in the remaining powdered sugar, then place the cookies on a rack to cool. Once the cookies have cooled, roll them again in the remaining powdered sugar.

6. Store the cookies in tightly sealed plastic bags; they also freeze well.

Each of 5 dozen cookies: 90 calories; 1 gram protein; 8 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 7 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 4 grams sugar; 6 mg sodium.

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