Make Mexican Wedding Cookies for the Holidays

Teresa Zuniga Odom/Á la Carte Alabama

The Mexican Wedding cookie is my all time favorite cookie and it was my dad’s favorite cookie as well.  I remember my mother always making these cookies for him and how much he loved them.  He had a sweet tooth for certain things and Mexican Wedding Cookies was one of those things!

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My mother passed her recipe down to me and I am proud to say I can make them almost as well as she does. They are an easy cookie to make and oh so good! Here's how.


1 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2-1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup finely chopped nuts ( preferably pecans)


Mix butter, sugar and vanilla thoroughly.

Mix flour and salt together; blend into butter mixture.

Mix in nuts - mixture will be buttery.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll dough in 1 inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheet.

(Cookies do not spread)

Bake 10-12 minutes or until set.  Cookies shouldn't be too brown

While warm, roll in confectioners sugar.

Cool.  Roll in sugar again

Makes 3-4 dozen 1 inch cookies.

For more on the Hispanic lifestyle in the South, visit Southern Señora.

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A la Carte Alabama