Mexican Wedding Cookies

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Mexican Wedding Cookies are buttery pecan cookies rolled in confectioners sugar, making them look just like snowballs. They are the perfect Christmas cookie, add them to your holiday baking list this year. 

Mexican Wedding Cookies are a classic Christmas cookie that everyone loves! #cookies #Christmas #Christmascookies #holidays #MexicanWeddingCookies #snowballs #baking

Mexican Wedding Cookies are a Christmas cookie favorite, but there are SO many different names for these little buttery pecan cookies.

  • Snowballs
  • Russian tea cakes
  • Pecan balls
  • Sand Tarts
  • Mexican wedding cakes
  • Southern pecan butterballs

What do you call them? I call them Mexican Wedding Cookies because that is what my family calls them. To be honest though, when I was little I didn’t really like them. I always went for the snickerdoodles, gingersnaps, and chocolate chip cookies instead. BUT now, I LOVE these cookies, because I have found the BEST Mexican Wedding Cookie recipe EVER! You want to know my secret ingredient? It is a game changer! You HAVE to try this recipe!

Mexican Wedding Cookies are buttery pecan cookies rolled in confectioners sugar, making them look just like snowballs. They are the perfect Christmas cookie, add them to your holiday baking list this year. #cookies #Christmascookies #holidays #baking

I spotted the recipe in The Perfect Cookie, which is on my Cookbook Gift Guide for this year. It is a cookbook ALL about cookies so you know I love it! Well, the Mexican Wedding Cookie recipe is fantastic and I made it even better by adding my secret ingredient…CANDIED PECANS.

Traditionally, Mexican Wedding Cookies are made with pecans or walnuts. I prefer pecans so I made them with pecans and they were delicious. But then I made a batch of my favorite candied pecans and decided to try them in the cookie recipe. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but it was a pretty genius idea:)

I tried the cookies right away and yep, best idea ever! I used half regular pecans and half candied pecans and I am telling you these Mexican Wedding Cookies are hands down the BEST Mexican Wedding Cookies in the history of all Mexican Wedding Cookies, snowballs, Russian tea cakes, pecan balls, sand tarts, and southern pecan balls…whatever you want to call them, they are the BEST!

Mexican Wedding Cookies are buttery pecan cookies rolled in confectioners sugar, making them look just like snowballs. They are the perfect Christmas cookie! #cookies #baking #Christmas #Christmascookies #holidays #dessert

The candied pecans add a little extra sweetness with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar and that extra candied pecan crunch is SO good! The cookies are buttery, crisp, and they melt in your mouth! They are the perfect holiday cookie.

And it is ok if you make a powdered sugar mess because it looks like snow. You can call it “decorating” for the holidays:)

Mexican Wedding Cookies are buttery pecan cookies rolled in confectioners sugar, making them look just like snowballs. #cookies #Christmas #Christmascookies #holidays

Tips for making Mexican Wedding Cookies

  • I use half pecans and half candied pecans. You can use all pecans or even walnuts, but I think the pecan/candied pecan ratio is the best.
  • There are equal amounts of nuts and flour in this recipe so you can really taste the pecans.
  • Grind half of the pecans in a food processor so the nuts can release their natural oil. This will help hold the cookies together and the cookies won’t be dry.
  • Chop the other half of the nuts so you get the perfect texture and nut crunch.
  • Roll the cookies in confectioners’ sugar twice to make sure the cookies are well coated.
  • You can freeze these cookies. Defrost and roll in confectioners’ sugar again before serving.

Mexican Wedding Cookies are a classic Christmas cookie and I promise you that this is the best Mexican Wedding Cookie recipe out there. Make these pretty and delicate cookies a holiday tradition!

Mexican Wedding Cookies are buttery pecan cookies rolled in confectioners sugar, making them look just like snowballs. They are the perfect Christmas cookie, add them to your holiday baking list this year.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie, add them to your holiday baking list this year and every year!
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
18 minutes
Total Time
38 minutes
Cuisine
Mexican
Servings
42

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecans I use 1 cup regular pecans and 1 cup candied pecans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup super fine sugar see note
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Place 1 cup pecans (plain pecans) in a food processor and process for about 15 seconds or until the texture is similar to coarse cornmeal. Transfer the pecans to a medium bowl. Place the candied pecans, if using, in the food processor and process until coarsely chopped, about 10 seconds. Add the chopped pecans to the bowl with the ground pecans.
  3. Stir the flour and salt into the pecans. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed with the beater blade until fluff, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  5. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add in the nut mixture. Mix until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula and mix until the dough comes together. Give the dough a final stir by hand to mix in any remaining flour.
  6. Roll the cookie dough into balls, about 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes or until cookies are pale golden and the bottoms are beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  8. Pour confectioner's sugar in a small bowl and roll the cookies in the sugar until the are well coated. Before serving, reroll cookies in sugar and gently shake off the excess sugar.
  9. Notes-you can use just regular pecans, but I love using half candied pecans. They are SO good in these cookies. You can also use walnuts if you wish. To make super fine sugar, place the sugar in the food processor and process for about 30 seconds.
Nutrition Facts
Mexican Wedding Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 116 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. My mom use to make these during the holidays. I think she called them Sandies. I better give your recipe a try… they sound delicious.

  2. I roll them in powdered sugar when they are still warm. The sugar melts some and then when they are completely cool, I roll them again in the powdered sugar. It sticks to the cookie better due to the melting from the roll in sugar while warm. But definitely agree they need to be rolled twice. Russian Tea Cakes (what we always called them) look a little sad when only rolled in powdered sugar once.

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve always made Mexican Wedding Cookies (Snowballs) during the holidays. I’ve also always used the handwritten recipe from my mother’s college ruled spiral note book/recipe book. This year, I tried these. I must say, the candied pecans really add depth and a nice crunchy crunch to an already delicious cookie.
    I’m in the process of rewriting my mother’s ‘cookbook’ into my own college ruled note book. Adding some of my own, removing some of hers….These Mexican Wedding Cookie have made the cut and will be the new ‘Snowballs’.
    Thank you for a lovely recipe.
    p.s. I’ve found that rolling the cookies in powdered sugar before and after baking helps the sugar from being absorbed as much….

  4. 5 stars
    Yep, genius. I’ve made something very similar for years & people go wild about them–the main reason is that other recipes have H A L F the nuts. B o r i n g. But this with half candied pecans does sound even better than mine. Bravo! Will try soon. Thanks for being brilliant! 

    1. Did you over bake them? They have never burned or been dry for me…and I just made two batches yesterday! 🙂 Sorry you had issues!

  5. I am making cookies for a friend’s daughter’s wedding. I found your mini-chocolate chip recipe. I am excited to try it! The friend gave me a small glass job for chocolate chip cookies and Mexican wedding cookies. I would like to use your recipe. Would you have a suggestion for the baking time if I make them small and without the pecans (nut allergies?)

  6. My favorite Holiday Cookies are Mexican Wedding Cookies, so I can’t wait to try your take on them with Candied Pecans.

  7. I didn’t get 42 with my batch but 24 about a ping pong ball size. 

    Nevertheless that is less for me to eat as they go down too easy like popcorn. 

    Perfect cookie for everyday sharing during cold winter months! 

  8. Love these! I have never made them before but have always enjoyed them. I’m making them for my nieces wedding later this month (love the Pittsburgh cookie table tradition!) and they came out great! I’ll roll them in sugar, freeze them and then roll them again when they thaw.
    Thanks for such a great recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    Thank You for the idea of super fine sugar – it does make cookies more tender and just melts in your mouth Made at bridal shower and a big hit. Make them small so you can put a whole cookie in your mouth and not get powdered sugar on your shirt or outfit. Loved the grind to fine pecans so the nuts and nut oils stay in the tight balls. My new go to recipe. I did chill before scooping because of time error on my part – worked great.

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