Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe
Mexican Wedding cookies are a favorite buttery pecan shortbread cookie recipe that is known by many names. You might know Mexican Wedding Cookies as Russian Tea Cakes, Snowball Cookies or Mexican Wedding Cakes.
Mexican Wedding Cookies are a favorite Christmas cookie recipe I make every year because they are so easy to make with only 5 ingredients and they taste amazing!
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Christmas Shortbread Cookies
I call them Mexican Wedding Cookies but you may know them by Italian Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Snowball Cookies or Mexican Wedding Cakes.
They are one of our favorite Christmas cookies to bake and eat.
I first shared this favorite Christmas cookie recipe back in 2011.
While I was baking the Mexican Wedding Cookies for my Christmas Cookie exchange I decided to re-shoot the photos and share it again.
This is a great Christmas Cookie Exchange recipe that everyone loves.
Easy Holiday Cookies for a Cookie Exchange
Mexican Wedding Cookies are sweet and delicious. Imagine if you can a sweet and crunchy shortbread cookie balls that melt in your mouth.
This easy holiday cookie recipe for a cookie exchange calls for 5 simple ingredients that when combined create a buttery shortbread cookie that is crunchy and sweet.
Chopped pecans give it a little extra crunch and the powdered sugar coating makes a Mexican Wedding Cookie look just like mini snowballs. The powdered sugar coating adds just the right amount of sweetness to balance the flavor of the shortbread cookie.
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Cookie Exchange Recipes
These cute little snowball shaped cookies are perfect for a cookie exchange. They are easy to make and very easy to package in cellophane bags or cookie boxes to share with family and friends.
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What Nuts Should I Use for Mexican Wedding Cookies
What nuts should you use to make Mexican Wedding cookies? I have always used chopped pecans to make Mexican Wedding Cookies.
I have been making these bite size snowball cookies for 25 years or longer with pecans.
It really depends on your preference, the recipe you are following and the region you live in. If you don’t like pecans or you have walnuts on hand you can use chopped walnuts to make Mexican Wedding cookies.
How To Make Mexican Wedding Cookies
These easy Christmas cookies only need 5 ingredients to make and use one mixing bowl to make the dough in.
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Mexican Wedding Cookies Ingredients
You only need 4 basic baking ingredients (which you probably have in your pantry right now) and some chopped pecans or walnuts to make Mexican Wedding Cookies.
- butter, softened
- powdered sugar, divided in half
- pure Vanilla Extract (I used my homemade Vanilla Extract)
- all-purpose unbleached flour
- finely chopped pecans
Directions To Make Mexican Wedding Cookies
Mexican Wedding Cookies are one of these easiest one bowl cookie recipes you will ever make.
- All you need to do is beat the butter and powdered sugar together. Add vanilla extract to the bowl and beat in well.
- Then slowly begin adding the flour to the bowl and beat it in slowly until the cookie dough gets too thick for your mixer.
- Then use a wooden spoon to mix the small amount of remaining flour and the chopped nuts into the dough.
- Roll the cookie dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet.
- Bake the Mexican Wedding Cookies for 10 to 12 minutes until golden.
- Cool the cookies slightly and roll in powdered sugar to coat. Cool the cookies completely on a cooling rack before storing in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
- This recipe will make about 48 one and a half inch round cookies.
Basic Christmas Cookie Baking Supplies
- My Favorite Christmas Cookie Cutters for cut out cookies.
- Large Baking Sheets: I have 4 of these and they really make baking cookies so much easier.
- Cookie Dough Scoops: This is the secret to making perfectly shaped cookies every time.
- Parchment Paper: Keeps cookies from sticking and over browning. Makes clean up a breeze.
- Wooden Rolling Pin: A good rolling pin is a must for rolling out perfect Christmas cookies every time.
- Cooling Racks: Cookies need to cool and a cooling rack allows air to circulate and helps the hot cookies cool quicker. It also makes drizzling baked cookies with melted chocolate or powdered sugar drizzle easier.
- Thin Metal Spatula: A wide flat metal spatula helps lift the cookies off the baking sheet without damaging the edges and keep the hot cookies from breaking when transferring them to the cooling rack.
- Spritz Cookie Press: A must have for making tradition Spritz Cookies for Christmas.
- Christmas Cookie Boxes: Planning a cookie exchange or love to share your Christmas cookies? Cookie Gift Boxes are perfect to keep the cookies from getting crushed.
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Mexican Wedding Cookies Sweet and delicate authentic Mexican Wedding Cookies recipe is a great Christmas Cookie Exchange recipe everyone will love. These cute little shortbread snowball cookies are filled with chopped pecans and rolled in powdered sugar.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar, divided in half
- 1 teaspoon of pure Vanilla Extract (I used my homemade Vanilla Extract)
- 2 cups of all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 375 F. degrees.
- Beat the butter and 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar in a (affiliate links) kitchen-aid mixer or a bowl with a handheld mixer until light and fluffy- about 5 minutes.
- Add vanilla extract and beat until vanilla is completely incorporated.
- Slowly begin to add the flour to the bowl 1 cup at a time. Mixing with your mixer until the dough becomes too much for your mixer to handle.
- Added the remaining flour and the finely chopped pecans and mix well with a wooden spoon. Continue mixing until the pecans are evenly distributed through out the dough.
- Shape the dough into one and half inch balls and place on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper leaving 2 inches between the cookies.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until slightly browned.
- Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Drop each cookie one at a time into a mixing bowl with the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and roll the warm cookies in a bowl thickly coating all sides.
- Place sugar dipped cookies on a cooling rack and cool completely.
- Store in single layers in an air tight container.
- Makes about 48 cookies
- Serving Size: 2 Cookies
- Calories: 131
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