Because of the snow-white powdered sugar coating, cuernitos (little horns) and polvorones are also referred to as Mexican wedding cookies. These are vanilla-y and buttery and will literally melt in your mouth! Absolutely perfect for your holiday cookie exchange and as a homemade food gift for your friends and family!
In a medium bowl beat butter, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until creamy.
Gradually, beat in flour, salt, and chopped pecans.
Cuernitos: take a generous tablespoon of dough and roll it into a log. Place it on the prepared cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and shape it into a crescent by pressing the edges and bending them slightly. Repeat until all the dough is used.
Balls: roll the dough by 2 teaspoonfuls between your palms into balls.
Arrange the cookies on a large baking sheet, spacing them 1/2 inch apart.
Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly golden.
Cool the cookies for 5 minutes on the baking sheet.
While cookies are still warm, dust with confectioner’s sugar.
Dough can be prepared one day in advance. Keep dough in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.
Once cookies are baked and have cooled down completely, they can be stored for one week in an airtight container.
If the weather is too hot they tend to absorb the sugar, so I refrigerate them in an airtight container until ready to eat.