Mexican wedding cakes are buttery little cookies with a sordid past: During an era fraught with tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, serving once-popular Russian tea cakes became a faux pas when entertaining. Seemingly out of nowhere Mexican wedding cakes began appearing in their place, an almost identical cookie. Try serving them at your next cocktail party.
Game plan: Mincing the pistachios by hand can be an arduous task. An easier way to get small, even pieces is to pulse the nuts in a food processor; just be careful not to pulse them into a paste.
This recipe was featured as part of our Spicy Holiday Cocktail Party.