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Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe

These Mexican Wedding Cookies are the quintessential Christmas cookie! Also known as Russian Tea Cakes or Snowball Cookies, these easy Mexican Wedding Cookies require only a few ingredients and bake up quickly.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30 cookies (about)
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Julie Evink



  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract, optional
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, for rolling


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Beat butter and powdered sugar together until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds or so.
  • Add in vanilla and almond extract, mixing until combined.
  • Mix in salt, flour and pecans, until combined.
  • Roll dough into 1” balls and place on the baking sheet about 1” apart (these cookies do not spread much).
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are very light brown (these can over bake quickly).
  • Allow to cool about 5-6 minutes, or until they are still warm but cool enough to touch. Roll each in powdered sugar and allow to cool entirely on parchment paper. Re-roll in powdered sugar.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 26mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.5mg