Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin had some little elves in the form of Kelly’s children were back to help bake cookies on the annual Live with Regis and Kelly Christmas show. Michael, 10 ½, Lola, 6 ½, and Joaquin Consuelos, 4 ½, in matching flannel snowman pajamas, helped Regis and Kelly, 37, make Mexican Wedding Cakes (a buttery nutty cookie, one of my favorites).

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Here’s the recipe.

Kelly Ripa’s Mexican Wedding Cakes

INGREDIENTS:3/4 butter at room temp.
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Powdered sugar for dusting

DIRECTIONS:Preheat 325 F
Lightly grease booking sheet
In large bowl using a mixer or spoon
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
Add vanilla, salt, flour and nuts and
Mix well. Roll dough in 3/4 inch balls between palms.
Place on sheet. Space 1 1/2 inch apart
Bake 15-18 mins.
Cool slightly
Dust with powder sugar


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Thanks to CBB Reader Sinead.