MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIES

 

Mexican Wedding Cookies - The Southern Lady Cooks

The Mexican wedding cookie is always popular at Christmas.  These cookies are served at Mexican weddings as a dessert as well. They are kind of like shortbread and will melt in your mouth. They have many different names and we absolutely love them. They are a must make each Christmas season. These cookies are a wonderful gift for friends and family.  You may also like our Easy Christmas Divinity!

Mexican Wedding Cookies only 6 simple ingredients:

Powdered sugar,

Butter

Vanilla extract

Almond extract

All-purpose flour

Pecan or almonds, ground

If you haven’t made these Mexican Wedding Cookies you really need to give them a try. They really are a classic Christmas cookie and always well received. Of course they are are perfect for any occasion and many people serve them at weddings!


Great reviews on these little treats: “These are my favorite Christmas cookie. My Mom also, Thank you for posting these. I had lost her recipe a few years ago. I was happy to see yours. I love that you use vanilla and almond extract. I also use both with my sugar cookie recipe.” – Patricia

“I made these cookies…..very simple recipe but they are delicious! Thanks for the recipes!” – Darla

“Made them and they were delicious! They didn’t last a day! Will definitely be making them again and again!” – Mary

“I made these cookies for my extended family, all of whom are Mexican and they thought I got them at a Mexican bakery.” – Karen


Full recipe in recipe card below.

If you love this recipe, be sure and try our Microwave Peanut Brittle! It is a wonderful Christmas treat!

Mexican Wedding Cookies - The Southern Lady Cooks

Mexican Wedding Cookies - The Southern Lady Cooks

 

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Mexican Wedding Cookies

Judy Yeager
These Mexican Wedding Cookies are a classic. They have a few different names but they are a wonderful addition to any gathering. Perfect for Christmas or afternoon tea.
4.97 from 30 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Course Cookies
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 36 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup powdered sugar divided
  • 1 cup butter or margarine or two sticks softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract optional
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecan or almonds ground

Instructions
 

  • Beat the softened butter, 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar, the almond extract and the vanilla extract with mixer well. Add the all-purpose flour and continue mixing until a dough forms. Fold in the pecans with a spoon. Make into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. (Mine are usually done in 15 minutes but ovens vary). Remove from oven and roll in the other 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. (I let mine cool and roll a second time which means you may need a little more sugar if you roll twice.) Makes about 36 cookies depending on size you make them.
Keyword Mexican Wedding Cookies
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30 Comments

  1. Need nutritional info I have diabetic friends4 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      We don’t do nutritional information. You are welcome to put the recipe into an app and get that information for yourself. We are southern cooks that enjoy cooking for our family.

  2. Susan Lucille says:

    In 1954 my aunt made these for my wedding reception. She called them Sand Tarts. I have bought them at Whole Foods. and now thanks to you I can make my own Sand Tarts.5 stars

  3. Made these yesterday and they are all gone! They definitely melt in your mouth!! Making more today, I love all of your recipes. First website I go to. Thank you.5 stars

  4. When you make these cookies use REAL butter it makes a difference in the final product. I also use a little bit of cinnamon in the sugar for rolling in.

  5. Patricia Ruiz says:

    These are my favorite Christmas cookie. My Mom also, Thank you for posting these. I had lost her recipe a few years ago. I was happy to see yours. I love that you use vanilla and almond extract. I also use both with my sugar cookie recipe.5 stars

  6. mine came out as flat cookies. well doesnt matter what shape they are. very good5 stars

  7. I’ve been making these for years. They are a family favorite.5 stars

  8. It is so nice to have a sight where you can print the recipe. This is wonderful Thank You !!
    These cookies are wonderful. I made them today for hubby to take to work.5 stars

  9. I have some artificial Honey ordered and recommended by the Diabetic Association and I’m thinking I could make something out of this recipe using that honey and some Splenda… any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

  10. my Mom made these every Christmas. In Ohio they are called Russian Tea Cakes! 🙂 She used filberts (spelling?) as the nuts. I have made mine with those and walnuts. Both are delicious.5 stars

  11. Becky Mueller says:

    Would I use salted or unsalted butter?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I use salted but I think you could use either.

  12. Hey these look so good ! was wondering if you can make these ahead and freeze them for a wedding in feb. I am looking to make things ahead and freeze for my wedding in feb .

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have never tried freezing but I think you could Karen. I would try a few and see how it works.

    2. they freeze great I do it all the time. with all my cookies and when I want a cookie I just take out a few and there you go. They will last a long time.

  13. Sands!! That’s what we call them in Charleston SC. 🙂5 stars

  14. Made them and they were delicious! They didn’t last a day! Will definitely be making them again and again!5 stars

    1. You should! I love looking at your recipe’s. Thank you for sharing them with all of us.

  15. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Mexican Wedding Cookies made with butter. I always thought their amazing taste came from the lard. I’m from Hawai’i and about 30 yrs. ago I had the opportunity to live in Albuquerque for a few months and had wedding cookies for the first time….so delish!5 stars

  16. Jan OConnor says:

    These are so good, I used to bake them when my 5 children were little. They will make a hit for anyone.5 stars

  17. these are yummy!My aunty used to make these for us!I all-ready have the ingredients for mine:)5 stars

  18. My Mother made these and she called them Sand Tarts. I’ve also heard them called crescents.5 stars

    1. Barb Ingolia says:

      That is what we called them!

  19. I made these cookies for my extended family, all of whom are Mexican and they thought I got them at a Mexican bakery.5 stars