Dr. Lakes Wedding Cakes Cookies
•2 to 2 ¼ cups flour
•1 cup butter, 2 sticks, softened
•1 ¼ cup powder sugar, divided
•1 tsp vanilla
•2/3 cup pistachio nuts, shelled, chopped
1.In a large bowl, combine butter, vanilla, ¾ cup powder sugar, and flour until blended. Fold in nuts and mix well. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for a few hours.
2.Preheat the oven to 350F. Shape dough into 1” balls. Place balls on prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart (make sure you do so because they expand)!
3.Bake for 15 minutes and cool cookies on the rack for 5 minutes until they are warm enough to handle.
4.In a small bowl, add ½ cup powder sugar. Carefully roll cookies in powder sugar to coat.
5.Never in my life I had such a hate-love relationship with a woman like my advisor, Dr. Lake, at the Florida State University. She is one of the most knowledgeable teacher educators/scholars in America but can be very moody just like the summer weather in Illinois….This is her favorite cookies and she calls them the “wedding cakes” (coming from Texas), though technically they should be called cookies! I promise to make 300 of these at her wedding reception and I have been waiting for years to do so….
6.In Greek Orthodox churches, they also offer this type of cookies at the wedding reception.
By Madhavi Dasi Devi