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Buttery Mexican Wedding Cookies

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 18 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen cookies 1x


Easy, buttery Christmas treats made with pecans and rolled in powdered sugar…tempted to try one?  Learn how to make Mexican wedding cookies, a traditional family favorite, with this easy recipe.  We all need more butter in our lives!



  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (230g)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar (76g)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (300g)
  • 1 cup pecan halves (105g)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, for rolling (101g)


  1. Spread the nuts on a small cookie sheet and toast them at 350 F for 7-8 minutes.  The nuts should be crisp, nutty tasting, and a darker shade of brown.
  2. Meanwhile, place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and sift 3/4 cup of powdered sugar on top.  Beat the butter and sugar together on medium high speed until fluffy and lightened in color, about 5-8 minutes.
  3. While the mixer is going, finely chop the nuts with a sharp knife or a food processor.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the vanilla and salt until well mixed.  Gently mix in the flour and nuts on low speed until blended.
  5. Chill the dough for at least 1 hour.  This will keep the dough from sticking to your hands as you roll it into balls later, plus improve the texture of the cookie.
  6. Once the dough has chilled, roll it into 1-inch diameter balls and place them equally on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 375 F for 10 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown.  Do not let the tops and sides brown.
  8. Let them cool for a few minutes as you sift the 1 cup of powdered sugar into a bowl.  Roll the warm cookies in the powdered sugar, then let them cool completely, about 20 minutes.  Re-roll in powdered sugar before serving.


  • Use good-quality butter for the best flavor.
  • Chill the dough before rolling it to reduce stickiness.
  • Handle the dough gently to prevent toughness.
  • Toast the pecans for additional nuttiness.
  • Store leftovers covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container at room temperature.  Freeze for longer storage.
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Christmas cookies names, mexican wedding cookies

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