mexican wedding cookies...

I've had pain in my left thumb for about a year before I decided to see a doctor. The pain wasn't so painful until I tried to use it to open jars or cans--became impossible. Turn out it was arthritis. I didn't want to do the surgery, but it was the only option to fix the problem permanently. So I went for it.

Basically the surgeon removed the problem portion of the basal joint of the thumb and took a tendon coming down the underside of my arm, and push it into the space created from bone removal. It sounds scary I know. Anyway, the cast and stitches were remove after a week and there was no pain after that.

It's been almost 6 weeks after the surgery, and I'm now on the process of regaining motion and strength back. I need to do physical therapy 3 times a day for a month. Although I've regained range of motion and can use my left hand for some light works, I still have some numbness in the thumb and can't touch my little finger with my thumb yet. It was a bit crazy to work with only one hand for awhile. I so look forward to gain all my motion and strength back soon.

Here's the recipe that I can work with my left hand. Instead of powdered sugar, I coated these cookies with pistachio flour. They are less sweet, just the way I like. :)


- 8 oz. unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup pistachio flour (plus 1/2 cup for coating)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. orange zest


1. Cream the butter and powdered sugar together in a mixer until fluffy.
2. Add pistachio flour, almond flour and extract. Mix until blended. Then add the rest and mix until well blended.
3. Shape dough into 1" balls, place 1" apart on ungreased baking sheet. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
4. Bake at 325F for 12-15 minutes or until the bottom of cookies are lightly browned.
5. Cool 5 minutes and roll warm cookies in pistachio flour.
6. Cool completely. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.


Dewi Hasan said...

Hi Thip,
My mother had the same problem, but she opted for traditional method because she was too scared of the idea of operation & it works on her. I will ask her the simple recipe. It was only like dipping her hand in the warm water which was boiled with some bay leaves or something...wil write you again soon..:)

Thip said...

Hi Dewi,

I just met your friend, Genik a week ago. :)

For my thumb, I dip my left hand into warm water for 5 minutes so the muscle loosen up a bit before I do the strength at home--but I dip my hand into a warm wax at the therapy center. They told me it takes time to gain the strength back. I don't really know how long.

Bindhya said...

k thip,i feel so sad hearing this.. get well soon..god bless you..my prayers are with you..

Thip said...

I can touch my little finger now. :)


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