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Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe-3555

Photo by: Joey DeLeo
Comments: 1


Every country has its own variation on these dense nut cookies. In the Tex-Mex version, they are made with pecans (of course) and associated with weddings. They are shaped like crescents instead if the usual balls. Could it be honeymoon symbolism?

Yield: 30 cookies


  • ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, plus 1 cup for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecan pieces
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two baking sheets.

Beat together the butter and the ½ cup of confectioners’ sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer, at medium speed, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla, salt, and pecans and beat until combined. Remove the mixing bowl from the mixer and mix in the flour, using a wooden spoon. Do not overmix.

Form the dough into crescent shapes and place on the baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges and bottoms are golden brown.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Meanwhile, put the I cup of confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. When the cookies are cool enough to handle, put a few at a time in the bowl and shake to coat with the sugar. Remove and continue until all the cookies are coated. Then sift confectioners’ sugar over each to give them a second sugar coating.

© 2004 Robb Walsh

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on a serving size of 1 cookie.


Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

134kcal (7%)
6mg (1%)
0mg (0%)
52mcg RAE (2%)
16mg (5%)
40mg (2%)
4g (21%)
9g (14%)
1mg (3%)

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  • eve

    12.20.10 Flag comment

    This is my favorite version of this cookie. I've tried many similar recipes in search of my favorite, and this is it. I will search no more.


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