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Mexican Wedding Cakes (Cookies)

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Mexican Wedding Cakes (Cookies)

Mexican Wedding Cookies (c)2005 Chelsie Kenyon licensed to About.com

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.


  • 1 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped, roasted (see below)
  • An additional 3/4 cup powdered sugar to roll cookies in
  • An additional 1/4 teaspoon salt


Add butter, powdered sugar and vanilla to a large mixing bowl. Mix at medium-high speed until completely mixed. In a seperate bowl, mix flour and salt. Mix the flour into the butter about 1/2 cup at a time until well incorporated. Carefully fold in the nuts.

Take a small amount of dough and roll it into a one inch ball. Continue and place the balls on a lightly greased cookie sheeet, about 2 inches apart.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Mix additional powdered sugar and salt. Roll the warm cookies in the powdered sugar/salt mixture.

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

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 4 out of 5
Delicious but I disagree with the salt..., Member jck1224

They were delicious and easy to make but I agree with the reviewers who don't like the salt mixed in with the powdered sugar....I don't either. I was amazed that such a small amount of salt could have such a big flavor difference. I have used other similar Mexican Wedding Cake / Snowball recipes and as has beern said, other recipes don't call for it. Guess it's all just a matter of taste...so to speak.

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