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!
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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!
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!
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:
- nuts (walnut or pecans)
- Large Mixing bowl
- 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.
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.
Christmas cookie recipes
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:
- Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies – classic chocolate chip cookie with crushed peppermint candy canes.
- Butter Brickle Cookies – Rich toffee over saltine crackers and topped with chocolate and nuts. Break up like a bark.
- Ricotta Cheese Holiday Cookies – soft cookies with a cake-like texture with light icing and sprinkles.
- Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies– Meringue cookies decorated like Christmas tree.
- Holiday Reindeer Cookies– Cute no-bake cookies made from pre-mad nutter butter cookies.
- Pecan Pie Crust Cookies – delicious mix of pecans folded in pie crust dough.
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.
- 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 34mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g
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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!
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!
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.
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 🙂
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!!
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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!
We make them every year. They’re our favorite cookie to make during the holiday season.
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!
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.
I always make these at Christmas and my friends always ask for the recipe! They are delish!
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!
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.
Thanks for stopping by, Jane. Yes, there are many variations of this recipe with similar ingredients.
We call these snowballs. This is a great cookie. Thanks for sharing them
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I don’t care if you call them Snowballs, Russian Tea Cakes, Sand Tarts, or Mexican Wedding Cookies – I love them by any name! Thanks for reminding me of a wonderful holiday treat I had forgotten about! DELICIOUS!
Mmmmm, we always make those during our Christmas cookie bake sesh!
Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)
Those are simply beautiful and look easy to make!
Robin (Masshole Mommy)
I have had these before, but never knew what they were called. I love those cookies.
Oh those look so good! I love all of that powdered sugar on them.
They are similar to our Christmas buttery cookies – Kourabiedes. They look lovely!
Choc Chip Uru
I love these delicious cookies, I have only tried them a handful of times but I intend to remedy that 😀
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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 🙂
WHEN I MET MY HUSBAND IN PX AZ AT ALHAMBRA HIGH HIS PARENTS MADE THESE EVERY CHRISTMAS ALONG WITH MOLLASES COOKIES AND TAMALES. iT WAS WONDERFUL AND ALL NEW TO ME. THEY TAUGHT ME HOW TO MAKE THEM BUT OVER THE YEARS LIVING IN DIFFERENT STATES AND HAVING JOBS ALONG WITH KIDS I FORGOT ALOT OF TRADITIONS. I AM SO HAPPY TO GET AQUIANTED AGAIN. THANK YOU