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This cookie recipe for for Mexican wedding cakes actually comes to you courtesy of my 9th grade Spanish teacher! We learned how to make them as part of a lesson and I have been making these delicious cookies for many years since. Thanks, Señora Schaffer wherever you are now!

A Deliciously Easy Cookie

These cookies are very easy to make and they melt in your mouth! You can make them with large or small chunks of pecans. I prefer finely chopped pecans for a more smooth texture.

There are so many other names for Mexican wedding cakes!

For some reason these cookies go by a number of different names. I’ve heard people call them: Pecan Sandies, Butterballs, Snowball cookies, Polvorones, Russian Tea Cakes, Swedish Tea Cakes, Moldy Mice (kinda weird ha ha). How can one cookie have so many different names?!

I admit though. I even call them by different names.  I’m making these around the holiday, I like to call them snow ball cookies. Any other time of the year, I usually call them Mexican wedding cakes. Too funny.

Curious about why are they called Mexican wedding cakes? Read about the history and the significance of these Mexican wedding cakes.

Can Mexican wedding cake be frozen?

Yep! So, if you want to make a double or triple batch, go for it! You can freeze extras and just let them thaw before serving.

Making these Mexican wedding cookies as a part of your holiday baking?

These cookies, I think since they look like snowballs and they are so well-liked, are a Christmas cookie favorite. If you’re doing a lot of holiday baking this year, be sure to check out my other cookie recipes and also my holiday yule log recipe!

Making these Mexican wedding cake cookies for a shower?

You might also like my pink sherbet punch recipe.

These cookies would also be super cute for a Frozen themed birthday party!

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Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cakes

Mexican Wedding Cakes

These cookies are very easy to make and they melt in your mouth! You can make them with large or small chunks of pecans. I prefer finely chopped pecans for a more smooth texture.
Author: Angela G.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Mexican
Skill Level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 Servings
Yield: 24 cookies


  • 1 cup butter room temp
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar divided
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup pecans finely chopped


  • Beat together softened butter, salt, 1/2 cup powdered sugar (reserving the rest for later) and vanilla. Slowly add flour, then pecans.
  • Form cookie dough into 1” balls; arrange on cookie sheet covered in parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven on 350°F for 14-16 minutes or until the edges start to turn light golden brown.
  • Cool for a few minutes, then dredge cookies in remaining powded sugar; let cool, then dredge once again.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Cannot wait to make & bake this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

Angela G.

Thursday 2nd of December 2021

You're so welcome, Maria!

Zenita Allen

Sunday 21st of November 2021

I plan to bake these beautiful Mexican Wedding Cakes in a few days. But I have one question. What kind of flour should I use, All Purpose or Self Rising? Thank you so much for sharing!

Angela G.

Sunday 21st of November 2021

Hi Zenita, you'll want to use All Purpose. Enjoy!

patricia s potter

Monday 8th of November 2021

These were a standard in our house at Christmas growing up, mom called them Russian Teacakes. Delicious no matter what you call them and one I always make for my family.....

Angela G.

Monday 8th of November 2021

It’s funny to me these go by so many different names! Thanks for sharing.

Joan E castles

Sunday 7th of November 2021

My favorite Christmas cookies!!!!


Thursday 12th of November 2015

I too have been making this exact recipe for many years (more than I care to count) and they were

called Pecan snow balls when I first started making them. They are a wonderful delight, I place

them in tiny paper cups to give as gifts at Christmas time and they are always well recieved.

Angela G.

Thursday 12th of November 2015

Hi Anna, I've heard these called so many different things, it's funny. What a great idea to put them in cute cups to hand out for Christmas! I've been including these in our holiday cookie baking line up for a number of years now. They are always a hit.


Thursday 12th of November 2015

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