Mexican Hot Chocolate Balls

Just what you need to dunk in your hot chocolate

I was trying to think of a way to describe these balls of delight and the word morsels sprung to mind. They are like a tasty shortbread. Warning, never try to cut them in half, you will end up covered in icing sugar. I presume they fall in a Mexican category due to the cinnamon.

240 g of softened butter
3/4 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped (optional)
for dusting- 1 cup icing sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa and 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 180
Beat butter, cocoa and icing sugar until light
Add flour, 1 tsp cinnamon and stir in nuts (if using)
Work with a fork and your hands until it starts to form into a ball, like with shortbread. You can use a food processor.
Shape dough into small balls and place 2cm apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely.
Combine the dusting ingredients.
I put 1/2 in the box I am going to store the cookies in, put warm cookies in and then cover in remaining dust.

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