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bowl of mexican wedding cookies topped with powdered sugar

Mexican Wedding Cookies

These Mexican wedding cookies are one of the simplest cookies to make. You might actually know these cookies by one of their other names too: snowballs, pecan sandies, or Italian wedding cookies.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Italian Wedding cookies, Mexican wedding cookies, pecan sandies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Let the dough chill 30 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 213 kcal
Author Joanna Stephens



  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecans chopped into bits
  • 1 cup powdered sugar to roll cookies in



  1. Combine the softened butter, salt, and ½ cup powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix until creamy.

  2. Next, add in your vanilla extract. Mix until just combined.

  3. Add in the flour a little at a time. It will start to get crumbly. Then, add in the pecan pieces. Mix again until the dough starts coming together.

  4. Cover the dough and let it chill for 30 minutes. About 5 minutes before removing the dough from the refrigerator, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  5. Then, scoop out the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 

  6. Then, you will bake these cookies for 12-14 minutes, rotating half-way.

  7. Remove from the oven and let them cool down for a few minutes to the point where you can touch them. Carefully, roll the cookies in powdered sugar and place them on a cooling rack to cool down completely.

  8. Optionally, if you like more of a good coating of powdered sugar, wait for the cookies to cool down completely and then roll them in the powdered sugar a second time.

Recipe Notes

Store any extra uneaten cookies in an air-tight container for 3 days. 

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Wedding Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 318IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.