Skip to Content

How To Make Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies are the perfect treat any time of year, but especially around the Christmas holiday season.

The recipe is an easy one that works great for cookie exchanges or as gifts.

Picture of cookies with milk

This was the first time I’ve made the Mexican Wedding Cookies, a.k.a. pecan puffs or snowball cookies, and they turned out great (they have a lot of fun and different names).

My sister-in-law loaned me a treasure trove of recipes that she received from her mother recently and this recipe came out of them.

There’s something pretty special about sharing recipes with family.

My sis-in-law and her mom are two of the sweetest ladies I know and I’ve loved spending holidays with them for the past 16 years.

When she loaned me the recipes, my husband chimed in and shared some of his favorite recipes from her family, as well.

Recipes have a knack for bringing back and making new memories. And I love that.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

These were truly some of the easiest cookies to make. I was able to get them mixed together and baked in less than 45-minutes.

My friend stopped by the house after they had cooled for a few short minutes. I rolled them in some powdered sugar and shared a few with her. She loved them!

If you’ve got cookie exchange plans in your future, these will fit the bill. The recipe makes about two dozen cookies, and they won’t take you all day to bake them.

I am always looking for gifts to take to new neighbors, friends, or the ladies in the office at the kid’s school.

You can whip these up one afternoon and have them baked and ready to go in no time.

And, they are perfect for special occasions, as well.

What Ingredients Do I Need For The Cookies?

Full printable recipe with measurements and ingredients listed below in the recipe card.

  • Butter (softened)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sifted all purpose flour
  • Grated pecans
  • Powdered sugar (for rolling)

How do you make Mexican Wedding Cookies?

  1. Add the softened butter and sugar to a bowl. Cream the two ingredients.
  2. Next, add the vanilla, flour, and grated pecans. Stir until well blended.
  3. Roll into 1-inch cookie dough balls and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  4. Let the cookies cool and roll in powdered sugar.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Picture of butter and sugar in a bowl.

Add the softened butter and sugar to a large bowl and cream together with an electric mixer. 

Picture of butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl

Add the vanilla extract to the bowl.

Picture of flour in a bowl with butter, sugar, and vanilla.

Sift the flour and pour it into the bowl. 

Picture of grated pecans in a large bowl

Add the grated pecans to the bowl. Mix everything together. 

I bought chopped pecans and grated them with my Nutribullet. It was quick and easy.

You can also use a food processor to chop up the pecans.

And, if you don’t have either, just place the pecans in a sealed bag and use a rolling pin to break them up. (I suggest a sealed bag because I’ve used an unsealed bag and had pecans shoot all over the kitchen)!

I was able to buy a two cup bag of pecans and that worked perfectly.

When mixing, the batter is going to get thicker, but it’s also going to be a little crumbly and that’s ok.

Once you roll out the cookies, they will stay together.

Picture of rolled cookies on a baking sheet

Roll dough into 1-inch round cookie balls and place on the baking sheet. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are barely golden.

I really like to bake on my stoneware pan. It looks a little scary, but it distributes the heat evenly. It’s much harder to burn cookies on a stone pan.

If you don’t have stoneware, that’s fine. You can use a metal cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Picture of cookies being rolled in powdered sugar

Allow the cookies to cool. Once they cool, roll the baked cookies in powdered sugar and set aside.

It’s important you let the cookies cool to room temperature. They are crumbly until they’ve cooled enough to be handled.

The recipe is great for parties, gifts, or to share with friends and neighbors. They have a sweet flavor that everyone loves.

How long do cookies last in the freezer?

If I have a cookie exchange party to go to, but know life is going to be jam-packed full of things to do, I will make the cookies and freeze them ahead of time.

  • Cookies can be kept in the freezer for up to three months.
  • Place wax paper between the cookie layers and seal them in an airtight container.
Picture of Mexican Wedding Cookies

More Delicious Desserts And Holiday Cookies

Picture of cookies with milk

Mexican Christmas Cookies Recipe

Check out the recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start baking! This is a great addition to any occasion and I think you’ll love the sweetness and nutty flavor of the butter pecan cookies.

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your cookies on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

Picture of cookies with milk

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Mexican Wedding Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie. The little pecan pieces taste wonderful inside the buttery cookies.


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 2 cups grated pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar (for rolling)


Preheat oven to 350-degrees

  1. Add the butter and sugar to a bowl. Cream together.
  2. Add the vanilla, flour, and pecans. Mix together.
  3. Roll the cookies in 1-inch balls and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are barely golden.
  4. Allow the cookies to cool and roll in powdered sugar.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 dozen Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 9.6gSaturated Fat: 5.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 55mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0.5gSugar: 2.9gProtein: 1.4g

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

My dad's pecan pie recipe is a simple, delicious and easy recipe to make. It is great for holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Dad’s Pecan Pie

Picture of candied pecan dessert bars on a plate

Candied Pecan Dessert Bars


Wednesday 24th of October 2018

I love these, and I have never known how to make them! This is awesome; can't wait to try it!

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 24th of October 2018

Hi Stacey! I hope you love them. Thanks for stopping by!

Skip to Recipe