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Mexican Wedding Cookies

by Courtney on December 14, 2010

My Mom and I came across this recipe for Mexican Wedding Cookies probably three years ago, and it has been a Christmas Cookie staple in our family ever since.

The ingredient list is simple, not to mention totally tasty, and the prep is fairly easy too. Unfortunately for us (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) the boys in our family don’t find these as appealing as we do, so we end up enjoying a good amount of them ourselves. ;)


They are light and flavorful, making the combination of shortbread + pecans a total winner.


If you’re looking to add something a little different to your “cookie repertoire” this season, go ahead and give these a try!

Mexican Wedding Cookies

(original recipe found here from the Food Network)


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for coating baked cookies
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting hands
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped into very small pieces


Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar at low speed until smooth. Beat in the vanilla. At low speed gradually add the flour. Mix in the pecans with a spatula.

With floured hands, take out about 1 tablespoon of dough and shape into a crescent or mini disk. Continue to dust hands with flour as you make more cookies. Place onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 40 minutes.

When cool enough to handle but still warm, roll in additional confectioners’ sugar. Cool on wire racks.


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1 Steph December 14, 2010 at 9:03 am

They’re a Christmas staple in our house too! Oddly enough the men in my family dont like them either, and my mom’s more of a chocolate person – oh well, more for me!


2 Di @ December 14, 2010 at 9:05 am

I typically really like the shortbread and pecan combo. Bet I’d like these too. :)


3 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 14, 2010 at 9:05 am

My roommate loved these things in college. She got me addicted to them too.


4 Debbie Gore December 14, 2010 at 9:08 am

I love these cookies and when I make them we put the tiniest amt of anise in them. There is something magical about the flavor! Thanks for sharing Courtney!


5 Babygirl December 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

These cookies look absolutely great. Nice post.


6 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 14, 2010 at 9:27 am

I love these cookies! Although have never made them from scratch!


7 Tes December 14, 2010 at 9:41 am

Wow these cookies look so lovely and sound so delicious :) I love that you make it looks simple to make! I will add this to my holiday baking list :)


8 christina December 14, 2010 at 9:55 am

MWC are one of my favorites. I love that they’re so light but sooooo sweet! MMM


9 erica @ fashionmeetsfood December 14, 2010 at 11:33 am

Those cookies look absolutely wonderful! I am definitely going to have to give them a try.



10 Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover December 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Hmmm… These look amazing!


11 movesnmunchies December 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm

ahah I’m not going to lie I was a little skeptical when you said mexican cookies… I was thinking chiles and beans and tortillas.. all kinds of stuff that didnt make sense for a cookie!


12 Jenna December 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

These look so simple and yummy. A must try for sure!


13 withasideofhope December 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm

These look so good! They are definitely on my list of cookies to make this weekend! :)


14 Michelle December 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I love Mexican wedding cookies!


15 Cecilia December 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm

These look delicious! I’ll have to give them a try!


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