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Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie, add them to your holiday baking list this year and every year!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Keywords Mexican wedding cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 42
Calories 116 kcal

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.