Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies-also called Wedding cakes or Snowballs- Pecans, a few simple ingredients and lots of powdered sugar!
Mexican Wedding Cookies-also called Wedding cakes or Snowballs- Pecans, a few simple ingredients and lots of powdered sugar!
These Mexican Wedding Cookies are my hubby’s absolute favorite Christmas Cookie. All year long he looks forward to the holidays when I get my baking turned into high gear. I make candy, and bark, and cookies and cakes, bread…I cover everything I find in chocolate…most of it is given away to his coworkers and friends. The ladies at the bank, and our accountant. The police and the fire department get some goodies too as well as the schools.

Honestly, very little of it stays in our house which is a good thing for my waistline. Except for these cookies. They are not allowed to be shared. I’m surprised he lets the kids have any. Such a simple cookie, but it allows the flavors of the butter and the pecans to truly shine through. I’ll make these 3 or 4 times before Christmas Eve. I even freeze the dough so all I have to do is let it thaw a bit then roll and bake. I even caught hubby last night tipping the empty cookie container to get the last of the crumbs out. I’ll bake him more this weekend. After he puts together the new bookcase we just got.

Mexican Wedding Cookies-also called Wedding cakes or Snowballs- Pecans, a few simple ingredients and lots of powdered sugar!

This was originally a guest post for my dear friend  Roxana of Roxana’s Home Baking. She’s Doing 25 Days of Christmas Cookies. I was so honored she asked me to contribute. If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve probably been seeing some great cookie ideas being pinned like Hot Chocolate Cookies and Poinsettia CookiesNutella Eggnog Cookies and Candy Cane S’mores. be sure to check all her amazing creations.

Mexican Wedding Cookies-also called Wedding cakes or Snowballs- Pecans, a few simple ingredients and lots of powdered sugar!

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Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla or almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups ground nuts, pecans or walnuts
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar for rolling


  1. Beat butter till creamy, add in sugar and beat again.
  2. Add remaining vanilla, flour, salt and nuts, mix well. Dough will be crumbly. Chill dough for about an hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll dough in to 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Lightly flatten them (just so they don’t roll around) Bake for 12 minutes.
  4. Roll cookies while still warm in confectioners sugar, let cool completely then roll in the sugar for a second coating.


Mexican Wedding Cookies-also called Wedding cakes or Snowballs- Pecans, a few simple ingredients and lots of powdered sugar!

Want some more cookies for the holidays?

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Grandma’s Sugar Cookies-a Christmas Tradition.

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Chocolate decorator Cookies

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Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies-full of malt flavor, these cookies are thin, soft and chewy.

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Cocoa Ginger Crisps-the flavor combination will amaze you!

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  1. This is an awesome picture Joan!!! Love it!!!

  2. Your recipe is similar to mine, however, I use powdered sugar in the cookie instead of granulated sugar. These are my mom’s favorite cookie (we call them pacoons), and I also have to make them multiple times during the year for her! She doesn’t share either, so I won’t be able to send any to your husband :)

  3. Love these cookies, headed to Roxana’s now!

  4. Mmmm! These look awesome!

  5. May be my absolute favorite Christmas cookie!!! Beautiful!!!

  6. Hi Joan,
    Thanks for bringing this cookies for #25recipestoXmnas. They are one of my favorite holiday cookies and love the pecan twist.

  7. I am so happy you posted this recipe! I had no idea they were so easy to make. Thanks for doing it! You Rock Joan!

  8. These are an awesome Christmas cookies and one of my all time faves. I’d love if you could link these up to my Christmas Cookie link at http://www.theeaseoffreeze. Thanks, Sarah

  9. Nicole @WonkyW says:

    These cookies look delicious! Love the photo too, looks like I could reach through my screen & grab that cookie.

  10. mmm- those look like a great addition to my cookie swap! thank you for sharing this unique (to me) recipe.Cheers- oh stopping over from the Cheerios and Lattes Hop :)

  11. No sharing here either, my very favorite as well….they’re all I want for Christmas!

  12. I need to give away more than I eat! These look SO good!

  13. I make these every year, my absolute favorite Christmas cookie!

  14. I have always wanted to try making these but have never found a good recipe…until now :O) Thanks for sharing!!

  15. Thank you so much for linking up at my linky party! I am pinning every post to my Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s Board for all to see! I hope you come back each week!

  16. I have never made Mexican Wedding Cookies, but I LOVE eating them. I think I will try them this year! Thanks for sharing :) ~Kris

  17. Joan – this picture is gorgeous – and the recipe looks sooooo good! The cookies in the pink box have always been a favorite of mine, definitely need to make them myself! I’ve featured it on this week’s Bulletin Board too!


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  19. I don’t see the recipe below the picture of the wedding cookies, not sure if I’m over looking it…

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