Mexican Wedding Cookies

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Servings: 2 1/2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 3/4 cup all purpose flour, plus more for dusting hands
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, plus more for coating baked cookies
1 cup butter at room temp.
1 cup pecans, chopped into very small pieces





Preheat the oven to 275.

Line cookies sheets with parchment paper. Using an electric mixer at low speed, cream the butter and confectioner’s sugar at low speed until 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.  Roll in additional confectioners’ sugar while still warm.  Cool completed, on wire racks.

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Paula. Thank you for your recipes. My family loves your baking. I can not eat any because I am a very brittle diabetic. Would appreciate any recipes you could send for me. We love you and all that you stand for. Myou are so family oriented and what a pleasure to watch

By Marci Hucul on November 20, 2013


Paula, I am looking for appetizer recipes that I can make ahead and put in the freezer. That way I won't be so rushed on party day. What are your top 5 suggestions.

By Dayna on November 24, 2012


Dear Paula, i fixed wedding cookies just as directed. they taste bland. almost no taste. what else can i do ?

By donna on October 26, 2012


Same as the cookie we call "Noels" Delicious!!

By shirley nelson on December 30, 2011


Thank you! The Mexican wedding cookies are AWESOME. My Grandma called them Snowballs, I thought the receipt was gone with her. This is straight out of my childhood. I love the availability of Paula's receipts.

By Ginger Tarbuck on December 07, 2011


i want to make these cookies but i dont know how to do the crescent shape.can you explain this to me? can i also just roll them into balls and cook them that way and then roll them in the confectioners sugar? shawn

By shawn abundez on December 07, 2011


Dear Paula, For all the many diabetics in the United States., What do recommend for baking? Do you suggest an alternative sweetner or just stick with sugar?

By Sarah C Garcia on December 06, 2011


Hi Paula, being a southern girl(Atlanta) all of your recipes leaves my mouth watering especially the collards and okra and tomatoes. I really miss being in the South and all of those wonderful foods, I do cook some southern foods and always think of home. Keep those recipes coming.Shirley

By Anonymous on June 10, 2011


I am so glad to have this recipe. We have a couples shower coming up & are doing a Mexican theme. I plan on baking these & putting them in gift cellophane bags with a ribbon with the couples name on it & give as favors when the guests leave. Thanks Paula. Love your show. Met you & your family at one of your cooking classes. So much fun! Wish you would do those again. You signed books for My Canadian cousins you met on a cruise. They were thrilled with the book you signed & the goodies I sent them from your store in the Lady & Sons.

By Gail on March 22, 2011



By Viancka on December 28, 2010


I started making these cookies for family and friends a few years ago in hopes that it would be like the cookies my Nana made when I was growing up. They definetly are! I love them and so does the rest of my family! They bring back the wonderful feeling of childhood and family that I've been longing for since she passed away in 1996 and since my mom passed in 2007. Thanks Paula

By Kaj on December 23, 2010


These are the best cookies hands down! My family loves them and they're so easy to make!

By Kory on December 15, 2010


Love these cookies however my recipe is called Pecan Meltaways Hubby loves these cookies and they are so easy to make you can make them all year round.

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