Grandma Sharon's Mexican Wedding Cakes

Roda Laser


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


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.

About this Recipe

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