Mexican Wedding Cookies

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Melt in you mouth Mexican Wedding Cookies! These should be on every holiday dessert tray!


Mexican Wedding Cookies - The Foodie Affair


You may know these cookies as Snowballs, Russian Tea Cakes, Sand Tarts, but the Latin culture always refers these cookies as Mexican Wedding Cookies.

These baked goods were originally served as wedding favors (history of wedding cakes in Mexico) .

What a simple and tasty treat for a celebration!  Each cookie is wrapped in tulle and given to guests that attend the wedding.

I love the simplicity of the gift and also the ingredients in this recipe; flour, butter, sugar, vanilla and nuts.


Mexican Wedding Cookies - The Foodie Affair


My family has always added ground walnuts, but I have eaten these with pecan nuts and they are just as delicious, so use what you have on hand.

You can never bake enough of these cookies. They’re always first to be eaten and there has been many years that I make multiple batches to enjoy for several weeks!

I guess we should add these to our baking list for year-round treats!  You also might want to add these no-bake peanut butter snowballs to your cookie tray!


Mexican Wedding Cookies - The Foodie Affair

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Mexican Wedding Cookies

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 20 mins Serves 2½ dozen

Melt in your mouth Mexican Wedding cookies with chopped walnuts and rolled in powdered sugar! 


  • 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


  1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. 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.


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Sandra @ The Foodie Affair

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17 Comments on Mexican Wedding Cookies

  1. avatar
    December 17, 2014

    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 🙂

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    December 17, 2014

    I love these delicious cookies, I have only tried them a handful of times but I intend to remedy that 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

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    December 17, 2014

    They are similar to our Christmas buttery cookies – Kourabiedes. They look lovely!

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    December 30, 2014

    Oh those look so good! I love all of that powdered sugar on them.

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    Heather says:
    December 30, 2014

    Oh I think I’ve had these before with walnuts in them. They are delicious.

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    Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:
    December 30, 2014

    I have had these before, but never knew what they were called. I love those cookies.

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    Patranila says:
    December 30, 2014

    Never had these before. Looks interesting!

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    Kristin says:
    January 1, 2015

    Mmmmm, we always make those during our Christmas cookie bake sesh!

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    January 5, 2015

    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!

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    January 6, 2015

    Mexican Wedding Cookies are my favorite. They are so goooooood and easy to make. I love that you added the walnuts, I’ll have to remember to add them to mine next time.

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    Nicky says:
    January 6, 2015

    We call these snowballs. This is a great cookie. Thanks for sharing them

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    Jane says:
    December 18, 2017

    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.

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      December 23, 2017

      Thanks for stopping by, Jane. Yes, there are many variations of this recipe with similar ingredients.

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