Grandma Sharon's Mexican Wedding Cakes

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My grandmother got this recipe from her grandmother. She would only tell people that these cookies have a "secret" ingredient that makes them so much better than any other wedding cake cookie that can be found. I agree with grandma! However, I like to share my recipes and grandma made sure that I had all her recipes because I love cooking as much as she did. Grandma and I would spend a week or more together baking cookies for Christmas and this cookie was always the most requested.

★★★★★ 4 votes
Makes about 4 dozen


1/2 lb
butter- room temp (not margarine)
1/2 c
sifted powdered sugar
egg yolk
1/2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 Tbsp
brandy- (the "secret" ingredient)
2 1/2 c
sifted flour
1 c
chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 tsp
baking powder
extra powdered sugar for coating cookies

How to Make Grandma Sharon's Mexican Wedding Cakes


  • 1Beat the butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Sift in powdered sugar and cream together.
  • 2Add yolk, vanilla, and brandy.
  • 3Sift flour and baking powder together; add to mixture. Add the nuts and stir to form soft dough.
  • 4Knead lightly and set aside to rest for a short time.
  • 5Form balls from the dough; place on non-greased cookie sheets about 2" apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Cookies should be lightly browned.
  • 6Roll hot cookies in powdered sugar and place on cooling rack. After cooled, roll cookies again in powdered sugar. Store in airtight container.
  • 7NOTE: cookies are delicate and will break easily until cooled.

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About Grandma Sharon's Mexican Wedding Cakes

Course/Dish: Cookies
Hashtags: #cakes, #Wedding