Mexican Wedding Cookies – Traditional Holiday Recipe

Rich buttery melt in you mouth Mexican Wedding Cookies! My family looks forward to these traditional cookies every year. These should be on every holiday dessert tray!

For a low carb cookie option be sure to check out these Peppermint Keto Christmas Cookies and these Keto Almond Butter Cookies with chocolate chips.

recipe for Mexican wedding cookies

Classic Mexican Cookies

Just about every person has enjoyed a version of these cookies. My family has always called these Mexican cookies or Mexican wedding cookies.

Your family may refer to these babies as Snowballs, Russian Tea Cakes or Sand Tarts.

It’s safe to say that just about every nationality has their own version of this cookie. Who can blame us? These are simple to make and delicious!

Mexican cookies rolled in confectioner sugar on a cooling rack

Why are Mexican cookies called that?

Back in the “olden” days, baked goods were served as wedding favors at Latin wedding celebrations (history of wedding cakes in Mexico), which is where the name came from.

How cool is that?

Each cookie would be wrapped in tulle with a ribbon and given to guests as a thank you for attending the event. What a simple and tasty way to remember the festive ceremony!

A red bowl of Mexican cookies

How do you make Mexican wedding cookies?

Mexican cookies are a simple butter cookies with nuts and rolled in confectioner’s sugar.

Ingredients & Utensils

The ingredients in this recipe may be stocked in your house:

  • flour
  • butter
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • nuts (walnut or pecans)


  • Large Mixing bowl
  • Mixer
  • Mixing spoon
  • Baking sheet
  • Cookie scoop

Instructions – Recipe For Mexican Wedding Cookies

After gathering the ingredients, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy and fluffy. Add vanilla and flour one cup at a time.

Chop nuts and then stir them into the prepared batter.

With a small cookie scoop, place round cookies on prepared baking sheet and bake.

When you can handle the cookies with your fingers, roll each cookie in powdered sugar.

powdered sugar with cookie lightly coating it
A Christmas tray of Mexican cookies covered in powdered sugar

Mexican Wedding Cookies – Frequently Asked Questions

Can Mexican wedding cookies be made without nuts?

Yes, these cookies can be make nut-free. There is no need to alter the recipe. Just know that the texture will change a bit, but they are still delicious!

Can Mexican wedding cookies be frozen?

I don’t recommend freezing these cookies once they have been rolled in the confectioners sugar. But, you can certainly freeze the dough and the baked cookies prior to adding the sugar. See how below.

Can Mexican wedding cookies dough be frozen?

They sure can! Wrap uncooked dough in saran wrap and stored in an airtight freezer safe container. OR scoop the cookies into balls and place on a baking sheet and freeze for 20 minutes. Then place in an airtight container with parchment paper between the layers.

Mexican cookies in a red Christmas bowl

You can never bake enough of these cookies. These cookies always seem to disappear first, so I suggest baking a variety of cookies during the Christmas season!

You might enjoy these:

red bowl filled with Mexican wedding cookies
Mexican Wedding Cookies on a backing rack

Mexican Wedding Cookies

This recipe for Mexican wedding cookies yields buttery melt in your mouth holiday cookies that is shared though out the world. Many ethnicities share this same version.
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Course: Uncategorized
Keyword: Mexican wedding cookies, Snowball Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 1/2 dozen
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Sandra @ The Foodie Affair


  • 1 cup butter unsalted and softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup nuts walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups additional powder sugar for coating cookies sifted


  • Pre-heat oven to 300°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla and flour. Stir in nuts.
  • With a small cookie scoop, place round cookies on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Let cool for about five minutes. When you can handle with your fingers, roll each cookie in powdered sugar.



Roll cookies while they are still warm helps the sugar to stick to the cookies.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g


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  1. Hi Crystal. Yes, that is correct! No granulated sugar in this recipe, just powdered (also called confectioners) Mexican treats are not super sweet like we’re used to, but still very tasty!

  2. These have always been one of my favorite cookies! I love how using powdered sugar in the dough for recipes like this makes the cookies just melt in your mouth when you eat them. It’s also always been so interesting to me to see how similar cookie recipes exist across cultures. I didn’t know that these were served as wedding favors in the Latin culture. That’s a favor I’d love to receive as a guest!

  3. I haven’t been to a Mexican wedding (yet – one can always hope of course) but I’m 110% on board with whipping up a batch of these pretty much any old time. I love a good, simple cookie, and these have a very shortbread-ish sort of appeal that I love. The fact that they use nuts in such a large quantity sounds really awesome too – lots of character and tons of flavour. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an imaginary wedding to prepare for.

  4. I’m reading through your blogpost and Mexican wedding cookie recipe, and I’m remembering all the Christmas cookies I made with my mom when I was growing up. In fact, that is what inspired my earliest kitchen/food endeavors. I can literally taste your cookies right now. I’m such a fan of the buttery, yet almost crisp texture of these cookies. I need to get on some holiday baking asap! Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂

  5. When I started really getting into cooking. and baking, our neighbor gave me a Betty Crocker cookbook for my birthday. I still have that cookbook. Those cookies are called Russian Teacakes. When I got married my mother-in-law called them Mexican Wedding Cakes. Well since then I’ve seen them called lots of different names. Whatever they are called, they are always a favorite. Melt in your mouth goodness with a crunch of nuts. So yummy!!

  6. AH….thank you! My neighbor makes these every year (she has a different name for them) and we LOVE them. She has never been willing to part with the recipe, but now I can stop asking for it. These are so light and pillowy. Can’t wait to have a batch of them all to ourselves this year.

  7. These are some of my favorite holiday cookies! Growing up, we called them Snowball cookies. But I’ve also seen them referred to as Russian Tea Cookies and, of course, Mexican Wedding Cookies. However they’re supposed to be called, they’re ah-mazing. They’re on my list of holiday cookies to make this year. They’re so nostalgic 🙂

  8. These look absolutely delicious. I love how easy it is to make them as the ingredients are our pantry any given day. I’m saving your recipe to try this Christmas as these would make an excellent holiday gift.

  9. I’ve never had these Mexican wedding cookies before! However, I’m always game to try new cookies and anything tossed in powdered sugar is a pretty easy yes for me! I’ll have to give this a try.

  10. I love these cookies but never knew what they were. I didn’t know they were so easy. Thanks for all the info, that was very helpfulful. Saving this to do with my daughter when she comes back in town.

  11. Oh my, I haven’t had these in years. I am drooling, they sound so tasty and so perfect for the holidays! I always remember them on my Grandma’s cookie trays. Thanks for the fond memories, and I need to make these ASAP!

  12. I LOVE Mexican weeding cookies, but I never knew they were so easy to make. I bet they would make great edible gifts for friends and family. Thank you for the great recipe!

  13. I have never tried these cookies, but I have seen them on the web many times. I know they would just melt in your mouth. I think they are the perfect addition to the holiday treat tray. They would not last long for sure.

  14. I made these cookies once a while back using a friend’s recipe and LOVED them! But then lost the recipe over time. I’m SO glad I found this! 🙂 There’s just something really unique about these soft, buttery cookies and I can’t wait to make these again for the holidays!

  15. These are not Mexican wedding cookies. Real Mexican wedding cookies should have anise in them, and LARD. These are just Russian tea cakes from the Betty Crocker cookbook back in 1966.

  16. I would LOVE to receive these as a wedding favour instead of sugared almonds!! Isn’t it interesting the way similar recipes evolve in different cultures? I know these as sugar cookies which are probably different to sugar cookies in the US 🙂