Mexican Wedding Cakes (Cookies)

Raven Higheagle


These delicate shortbread-style cookies are made with chopped, roasted pecans, rolled in powdered sugar and are an elegant addition to any fiesta. They are also known as Wedding Cakes, Pecan Balls, Russian Tea Cakes, Snowballs, Pecan Sandies, Swedish Tea Cakes and more.


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Makes about 3 dozen
25 Min
15 Min


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1 1/2 c
butter, room temperature
3/4 c
powdered sugar
3 tsp
pure vanilla extract
3 c
1/4 tsp
1/2 c
pecans, chopped, roasted (see below)


3/4 c
powdered sugar

How to Make Mexican Wedding Cakes (Cookies)


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  • 2Add butter, powdered sugar and vanilla to a large mixing bowl. Mix at medium-high speed until completely mixed.
  • 3In a separate bowl, mix flour and salt.
  • 4Mix the flour into the butter about 1/2 cup at a time until well incorporated.
  • 5Carefully fold in the nuts.
  • 6Take a small amount of dough and roll it into a one inch ball. Or roll into a small log and shape in a crescent moon shape.
  • 7Continue and place the balls, or crescents on a lightly greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  • 8Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown

    Roll the warm cookies in the powdered sugar,
  • 9Roasted Pecans:

    Place pecans on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.

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About Mexican Wedding Cakes (Cookies)

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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