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Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe | Lil’ Luna


Super easy Mexican Wedding Cookies are soft and buttery with almonds in every bite! These powdered sugar covered cookies are crumbly and delicious.

These traditional Mexican Wedding Cookies are almost like Snowball Cookies, and have a similar taste to Almond Cookies. They’re a new favorite Mexican dessert in this house!

Mexican Wedding Cookies on a white plate

Homemade Mexican Cookies

You may also know this Mexican cookie recipe as Snowballs, Polvorones, Butterballs, Pecan Sandies, Russian Tea Cakes, Sandies and many more names.

No matter what you call these cookies, they’re simply delicious!

We love to make homemade Mexican wedding cake cookies for lots of occasions. They are perfect for baking around the holidays but can also be made and eaten any time of the year.

Bake up a batch for a cookie exchange, to go with your Mexican Dinner, or just a treat for a friend.

Mexican Wedding Cookies on a baking sheet

How to Make Mexican Wedding Cookies

CREAM. Start by creaming the butter and powdered sugar together in a medium bowl or in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Then mix in the vanilla and almond extract.

COMBINE. Begin to add in the flour and almonds and mix until everything is just combined.

CHILL. Cover the bowl and put into the fridge to chill for 1-2 hours. After the dough has chilled preheat the oven to 325°F,

ROLL. Shape the dough into balls (TIP: use a cookie scoop to scoop equal amounts of dough, and then roll between your hands to form perfectly shaped balls). Roll the balls in the confectioners sugar and place them on an un-greased sheet pan.

BAKE. Bake the cookies for 16-18 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for a minute or two before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Once the cookies are cooled, roll them in powdered sugar. Enjoy!

Variations:

There are as many variations as there are names to these Mexican wedding cookies. In fact, we have a Pecan Snowball and a Peanut Butter Snowball version that are both quite good.  Some variations you can easily try include:

  • Replacing the almonds with an equal amount of a different nut, like pecans or walnuts
  • Toss in mini chocolate chips 
  • chopped andes mints and replace the almond extract with a ¼ tsp mint extract
  • Mix in rainbow jimmies 
  • Add ½-1  tsp cinnamon or pumpkin spice
Cookies covered in powdered sugar on a baking sheet

Recipe Tips + Storage Info

  • Use softened butter. Cut the stick of butter into cubes and let it sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Or, some microwaves have a soften setting you can use to do it quickly.
  • Don’t bake on greased cookie sheets. If you’re worried they’ll stick, you can use Silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  • Roll in powdered sugar while cookies are warm so it sticks. Sift the sugar to eliminate clumps. 
  • How many cookies to serve at a reception or fiesta? We’d plan to serve 2-3 cookies per guest. That’s fine when you’re only making a few dozen, but if you’re planning to have 100 guests, then that’s anywhere from 200-300 cookies. Quite a difference!

These cookies, like most cookies, STORE quite well and you can store them as baked cookies or as dough balls to be baked later. 

  • Dough: Roll into balls (do not roll in powdered sugar) place on a baking sheet and place in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight freezer safe container. To bake: roll the dough balls in powdered sugar and place on a baking sheet. Allow them to thaw for 10-15 minutes. Bake. Roll in powdered sugar again. 
  • Baked: Once cool store the cookies in an airtight container on the counter for 3-4 days. To freeze baked cookies: Forgo rolling them a second time in powdered sugar. Allow the cookies to cool and store in a freezer safe container. Be sure to separate the layers with wax paper. Freeze for up to 3 months. Roll again in powdered sugar and allow to thaw. 
Close up of Mexican Wedding Cookies on a white plate

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Course Dessert

Cuisine Mexican

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 16 minutes

Chill Time 1 hour

Total Time 1 hour 21 minutes

Servings 24

Calories 160 kcal

Author Lil’ Luna

  • Cream the butter and powdered sugar together in a medium bowl. Then, mix in the vanilla and almond extract. Add the flour and almonds. Mix until just combined. Cover the bowl and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

  • After the dough has chilled preheat the oven to 325°F

  • Shape the dough into balls. Roll the balls in powdered sugar and place on a cookie sheet. (Do not spray the cookie sheet) Bake for 16-18 minutes.

  • Allow the cookies to cool for a minute or two before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool roll them in powdered sugar. Enjoy!

  • Store in and airtight container at room temperature.



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