Mexican Wedding Cookies

Total Time:
1 hr
20 min
40 min

2 1/2 dozen cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for coating baked cookies
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting hands
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped into very small pieces

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.


Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar at low speed until it is smooth. Beat in the vanilla. At low speed gradually add the flour. Mix in the pecans with a spatula. With floured hands, take out about 1 tablespoon of dough and shape into a crescent. Continue to dust hands with flour as you make more cookies. Place onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 40 minutes. When cool enough to handle but still warm, roll in additional confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks.

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    second batch in the oven now...I made some yesterday and they were gobbled up before I could even taste one. I also bake at 325 or 350 for about 20 mins. Yesterday I made balls that were slightly flattened.
    Dry and bland.
    Finally, the recipe I remember as a child. These are perfect. I use only 1/2-3/4 cup pecans, but that's just preference. Get those nuts really smashed. Too big and the cookies can fall apart. Important to cream the butter and sugar together first. Texture is better that way. I also cook at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Comes out exactly the same, in less time. An absolute holiday favorite by everyone...young and old kids alike. Thanks so much Paula!
    I love them! Made half the batch and they were delicious. Baking them again right now
    Mexican Wedding cookies are so good! First Time ate any,could not stop.Powder of Confectioner's Sugar all down front of Clothes. Try making these in miniature size and they go further/farther?Any word{s} used,delicious .Minced Pecans,Butter and bind with other goodness is Simple and Very Good.Yes,available in Grocers,yet why purchase if can make at Home and Know what You put into these Lovely "Bites".I use a "bench" scraper to cut into smaller bites as I was shown.not as Sweet looking in Crescents,yet last longer tiny sized.No other Recipe is required as noted by viewing others.This Is The Recipe.
    These are a bit hit with everyone. I used almonds the 2nd time and they were even raved by non-almond lovers. You can't eat just one! This recipe is definitely a keeper.
    came out great, was able to make them prefectly
    These cookies are just fabulous! They are like potato chips, you cant have just one!
    Every time I make these cookies I have someone that wants the recipe!
    Thank u Paula for another great recipe that's "outta this world!" I love these cookies, and they made the house smell great too.
    The only thing I changed was using salted butter, and baked them for only 20 mins. They came out perfect.
    I used almond extract instead of vanilla. This took it from yummy to OMG!! and instead of making crescents I left them as a disc so they were more cemetrical in the display.
    These are best cookies ever!
    Girl, these cookie were the "Bomb", I've made them twice. I tried to lemon and almond abstract at different times and the flavors were good. I love the textures, flavors and lightness of the cookie. Paula, you are turly my "Food Recipe Hero".
    This cookie is sooooo good. I had to make three batches so my children could take some home. Thanks Paula
    do you have to use pecans? becuase i can't eat nuts
    Tasty- just like the way my grandmother made them!
    love these cookies and my whole family loves them for the holidays
    These cookies are yummy,yum,yum!!They were so easy and sooo good!
    very delecate and delicous!
    OMG! These cookies are SO good! They are light and flavorful without being bland. They are super easy to make and I almost always have the few ingredients required on hand! Thanks Paula! I have a new favorite!
    I have never had Mexican Wedding Cookies in my life, but I decided to try your recipe. I was hesitant at first because of how much butter it required, but because it was your recipe, I pursued it. Anyways, the ending result was spectacular. My mother has had Mexican Wedding Cookies before, but never had they tasted as delicious as the ones I baked. Thank you again for this recipe! The cookies were fabulous!
    Thank you Paula Deen for making these soooooo easy and soooooo absolutely delicious! I can't fail when I make these!
    I've been looking for this recipe. It was wonderful!!!!!
    You can't really mean to bake these delicate cookies for 40 minutes!
    Paula, I haven't tried your mexican wedding cookies yet, but intend to make them when I get home from vacation....just watching you on tv making anything is a joy....I just love the way you keep me so entranced with your are a real down to earth person....
    Elizabeth M
    I was watching your show today and I decided to bake these cookies right after I watched your show .This cookies are amazing,it's easy to make and they are very light.My husband and I loved them.Thanks for the recipe .
    paula these cookies are the best and believe me i have tried so many wedding cookies and these are the best and i should know how good these taste because im mexican. I love the cookies Paula you are the best!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you Paula Dean you never fail me! This cookies are great my partner and I just baked 6 dz. to give out tomorrow and my partner said, "If they last will be able to give them out tomorrow." (Meaning their going to be eaten before we can even put them in little baggies!) Thanks again and I really think you all should try this recipe! Best Wishes!
    One of the best wedding cookie recipes I have ever tried, and I have tried ALOT. I've been using this recipe every Christmas for 4 years now. My family and I love them and they are always the first to go! I don't bother shaping them into crescents though, I just roll them into balls...much easier.
    The powdered sugar really makes these cookies. I refrigerated my dough after mixing and when I went to bake the cookies, I only took out about 1/3 of the dough at a time.

    This made it very easy to roll the crescents - no sticky hands.

    Made and baked the cookies just as the recipe is written
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