These cookies date back to discovery of the New World and were most likely brought over by the Europeans, as they are strikingly similar to cookies found in Europe and Russia.
While you don't need a wedding to enjoy these delicious butterballs, they are supposed to bring happiness and prosperity to a newly wedded couple. Bake up a batch and slip them in among the wedding presents to assure the future of your favorite couple. You, and they, won't be sorry.
Note: Not vegan? Replace the vegan shortening with butter.