Mexican Wedding Cookies

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
2 1/2 dozen cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
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Directions

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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Delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had a recipe just like this that was 40 years old. The paper it was written on was so yellowed and thin you could barely read it. Every person that ever tasted them loved them! I was crushed that the recipe was missing this year.....then I found this one. It's EXACTLY the same! Thank goodness! I couldn't have a Christmas without them! I also use the recipe in different ways. Sometimes I roll the cookies into small "logs". When cooled dip one end in milk chocolate or of your choice and then roll chocolate end in very finely chopped pecans or nuts of your choice. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 crescents...today balls that were slightly flattened. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Dry and bland. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love them! Made half the batch and they were delicious. Baking them again right now item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
came out great, was able to make them prefectly item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are just fabulous! They are like potato chips, you cant have just one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Every time I make these cookies I have someone that wants the recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are best cookies ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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". item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cookie is sooooo good. I had to make three batches so my children could take some home. Thanks Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
do you have to use pecans? becuase i can't eat nuts item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty- just like the way my grandmother made them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
love these cookies and my whole family loves them for the holidays item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are yummy,yum,yum!!They were so easy and sooo good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
very delecate and delicous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you Paula Deen for making these soooooo easy and soooooo absolutely delicious! I can't fail when I make these! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been looking for this recipe. It was wonderful!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
You can't really mean to bake these delicate cookies for 40 minutes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 personality..you are a real down to earth person.... Elizabeth M item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 . item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Mexican Wedding cookies. These were super simple and turned out great! I would slightly underbake, but maybe my oven was just running hot today. 40 minutes was a bit too long. Delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I havent made them yet but want to give them out for Christmas....can they hold up to freezing for a few weeks? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried these and they are very poor. Too much butter and not enough flour. They were too crumbly. My old recipe was much better using 1 1/2 sticks of butter and 2 cups of flour. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these cookies using salted butter and they turned out simply fabulous! I took a tray of them to work and everyone just loved them! Thanks Paula for sharing this wonderful recipe with the world. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i didn't have any kind of nuts around so i did some without nuts and then in some i added raisins. i know i know. but they were still very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The taste of these brought me back 30 years! These are just like Grandma baked! I used salted butter, no parchment paper, just dark cookie sheets, and used my Pampered Chef scooper, no time to dust hands with flour and shape into horns! They were delicious, soooo good. Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These turned out beautifully! I was surprised that such simple ingredients resulted in such a perfect reproduction of the bakery cookies I've splurged on for years! I used salted butter because it was what I had, and I had to adjust the cooking time because my oven gets hotter than the hammered down hinges of (you get the idea), and this recipe STILL performed beautifully. Paula has never failed me yet when I have followed her directions. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good cookies item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just sharing a Cinco de Mayo savory pie recipe that works well as an entree or appetizer: http://miocibo.com/2009/05/03/cinco-de-mayo-meat-pie/ ;D item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe for years. Always a double batch because my daughter just loves them and only leaves me the crumbs. This year, I used Splenda in the recipe. I measured out the half cup and put it through a sifter so I could make it refined like powdered sugar. I figured it would save a few calories. Note, I did NOT use the Splenda for the dusting of the baked cookies - - only in the mix. It tasted wonderful and my daughter knew no different. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are sooo easy to make and they taste great.. I didn't have parchment paper so I just made balls and put them on my pampered chef stone. They turned out so wonderful. Thanks for the recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A childhood favorite of my own, I decided to make them for both families this year and they dissappeared! They were so delicious - you couldn't eat just one! Although, I used wax paper instead of parchment (which is a big mistake - it cooks them faster and almost burns them) they still tasted great. I will continue to use this recipe for years to come. I highly recommend this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely love these and thought there are many variations out there , having a mother from N. Carolina I know you have to make them with southern pecans, nothing else will do. Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are so simple and melt in your mouth delicious. I did add a 1/2 tsp of salt based on some other recipes I saw. Also changed the baking temp to 325 and shortened the time to 18-20 minutes. They were just divine! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't believe all the five-star reviews for this recipe. I bake quite often and usually enjoy Paula's recipes. Even though I followed it to a "T", this recipe was a stinker. The finished cookies looked great; but there was absolutely no flavor...just a puff of dry flour in your mouth. It would help to use salted butter, but I don't know if that is enough to save the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am adding this recipe to holiday baking list! SO TASTY! I used my Kitchen Aid big mixer because I don't have a handheld but it turned out fine. Also I tried to do balls instead and need to master that technique. But VERY easy and very good. And they look so festive. Just like mom used to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used to make these, but lost the recipe. I was worried about the 40 min. cooking time (I remember it being much shorter), but decided to try it anyway because it was a Paula Deen recipe. It was well worth the wait! They are even better than I remember. Thanks again Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are delicious and easy to make! I made mine into small balls and renamed them "Dirty Snowballs". Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I (and my bridesmaids) made these beautiful cookies for our white and black-themed wedding, and gave them as favors in classy little black coffee bags monogrammed with our initials--they were beautiful and everyone loved them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been looking for the recipe for Mexican Wedding Cookies. Thank you Paula. I used to make these when my children were small (now adult young men) and they loved them. These cookies have different names, but the same recipe.....Russian Tea Cookies; Butter Ball, etc. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Is it ok to not shape them into cresents. Can they just be in a ball shape??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Whoever wrote th review about these cookies being a total joke, you obviously don't know how to bake! These were so easy! What was it like five ingredients? Let's stick to Paula's recipe folks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
How wonderfully simplle , and simply wonderful ! Who would think with just a handfull of ingrediants you could make such a terrific cookie ! Adding these to my Holiday Baking list . Turned out amazing the first time I made them . Well worth the 40 minutes it takes to bake ! The hard part is waiting for them to be cool enough to eat ! Once again ,,, thanks a million Miss Paula ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wish people would just call these what they are. Mexican or Italian wedding cookies. Why change a name to suit your politics! They are delicious... and as PROUD Mexican... just like the chocolate that we are responsible for... I am proud of my heritage for sharing these cookies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple to make and delicious! I will make these again and again. Bravo Ms. Deen item not reviewed by moderator and published
I could not believe how great this recipe was. Easy an few ingredients., both a plus to someone like me who cannot bake. Everyone raved about them. My only suggestion would be to not use the flour when shaping. There is so much butter (thanks Paula!) that the flour is not necessary. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I call them Russian Tea Cakes, but these are classic cookies that my family loves. The ingredients are so simple! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these cookies this past weekend and they are fantastic. Just like I remember them when I was a kid. The recipe made alot too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Worked great the first time. Rich and light. Excellent. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I know these cookies as "polvorones" and grew up eating them at every gathering my family had. Little did I know they were so easy to make. I made them for a pre-Christmas gathering with my friends and they were a huge hit. I received so many compliments and everyone loved them. The recipe is easy to follow. The only tip I have is to take make sure you take out the butter about an hour or two before you start baking. This will make it easier to mix with the sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made hundreds of these and thought I'd try Paula's recipe this year. I followed her instructions to the letter and ended up with a sheet of melted flat cookie crap. I'll see if I can't salvage something, but from here it's just wasted ingredients, time and energy. Stick w/ Grandma's recipe folks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great and easy recipe. The cookies were absolutely wonderful. I served them at a tea and all the ladies fell in love. So easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So simple, what a hit these were. Just like a greek cookie,kouriambethes. Had a mexican theme for a bridal shower,cookies fit right in. Deliciouso. item not reviewed by moderator and published
At Christmas my mother would make these cookies, only we called them "Butter Balls" for good reason. They would just melt in your mouth like butter. All the family loved "Nornie's" Christmas cookies and these are just as good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
:D item not reviewed by moderator and published
A favorite with my family and I. I have been making a cookie almost exactly like this for years and years. An old family recipe. I use walnuts and roll them in balls the size of walnuts. THIS RECIPE IS PERFECT. DO NOT USE MARGERINE. THEY WON'T BE HALF AS GOOD. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought these cookies were good, but the sugar was kinda moist and sticky on the outside and the nuts were a little too much for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i love these cookies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
la verdad riquisimas y muy faciles con muy buena presentacion item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I made several batches of these to use as Christmas presents to people who "pop-in" during Christmas. They were the best cookies, and we used pecans in ours and we did a batch with almonds. The pecans were better, we thought, but the cookie itself was a hit with everyone who ate them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Every year I make baskets/trays for my husbands business as well as for some holiday giving to a few service people we deal with. This year I included this recipe of Mexican Wedding Cookies and they were a definite hit! Many of the recipients singled this cookie out as absolutely delicious and asked for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made 7 diffrent kinds of cookies for christmas and these were the first to go. Everyone keeps asking when I will be making more. I think that these are worth the wait of the 40 min baking time. Another 5 star for Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are rich and delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have had these for years growning up but never knew how to make them. Thanks Paula for sharing this great recipe. Everyone that tastes them can't get enough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies taste just like the ones my 'abuelita' used to make. The cookies are so addicting and incredibly flaky and buttery. I rolled about a teaspoon of dough into a ball instead of a crescent (this is how we do them in Mexico) and they came out divine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy and worth the 40 minute wait. I'm mexican and have always loved these cookies, never thought they would be so simple to make. I will be making these again for Christmas. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I baked these last year for my cookies I give out as gifts. They were a big hit and I will be making them again this year! Warning: You may have less yeild than you thought you would because you'll find yourself munching on them as you bake ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is very similar is not the same to russian tea cookies however, with Paula's twist of adding extra butter they are especially yummy. The were a huge success at my cousins baby shower. 5 stars from me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
do not compare to Paula's "Buttery Finger Cookies" from the Candy/Sweets Show. Similiar ingredients, but with much better taste especially if you add mini chocolate chips. Try them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the Mexican wedding cookies last night and they were a huge hit. They were easy to make (the shape takes a little practice) and my husband who is from Mexico loved them! I thought he was going to eat them all! item not reviewed by moderator and published
soooooooooooo good and easy,cant wait to make more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My daughter & I made these cookies over the holidays. They are great! Give them a try. Very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe with my niece, she pretty much done all the work, i just had to tell her what to add. They were fun to make and very easy, but most of all they were delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is a really easy to do recipie, my kids even helped make it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect, easy cookies. You can tint the dough different colors for the holidays....red & green for Christmas--red for Valentines Day---Green for St. Pat's---orange for Halloween. The dough color will show thru the powder sugar, somewhat. Bite in and get the surprise color item not reviewed by moderator and published
The mexican wedding cookies are so easy and delicious. They just melt in you mouth and your sense of taste says "more". Cathy item not reviewed by moderator and published
not too sweet,not too hard. good for afternoon tea! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were so very easy and sooo good. I am so glad I tried them. My husband loved them as well. Thanks Paula!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make and very tasty as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves it. Brother thinks it's from the store! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have a small child & little time to make desserts/finger foods that require a lot of time & energy. I made these for Christmas parties and everyone went on about how good they were and thought I went all out making them ( I went ahead & let them think I did). Thanks Paula your my hero! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful, I loved the texture, taste. I had lost my mother's recipe. We used to make them when I was a little boy. These are just like them. Thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are delicious! They are my new favorite- Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these cookies for Christmas and they came out wonderful, everyone loves them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such an easy recipe with a few simple ingredients. The results are fantastic! I shared the cookies with several friends and was told they are the best cookies they ever tasted--I have to agree, especially for the minimal effort. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Outstanding! This recipe was so easy and was a hit for gifts this year for my friends and family. I will definatly make these again for anyone at anytime. Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Real light and buttery item not reviewed by moderator and published

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Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies)

Recipe courtesy of Marcela Valladolid