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Mexican Wedding Cookies

These Mexican Wedding Cookies are irresistibly tender, buttery, and crumbly. These butter-based, vanilla-flavored cookies are filled with pecans and rolled in powdered sugar.
Course Dessert, Snack, Vegetarian
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Mexican wedding cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 85kcal
Cost $2.31

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (42g) whole pecans
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted good-quality butter Note 1
  • 3/4 cup (78g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract Note 2
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (211g) white flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • powdered sugar for coating the cookies

Instructions

  • TOAST PECANS: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the pecans in an even layer on the sheet pan. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until they smell fragrant. Watch carefully; you don't want to burn them. Remove and allow to completely cool before transferring them to a mini food processor or cutting board. Pulse or finely chop into very small pieces. Avoid over-pulsing in the food processor or you'll end up with pecan butter.
  • WET INGREDIENTS: Either in a bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment or a large bowl (and using a hand mixer) combine butter and 3/4 cup powdered sugar. Cream together until smooth and creamy, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the vanilla, salt, cornstarch, and pulsed/chopped pecans. Beat until smooth and combined. Add in the flour and mix until combined and smooth. It will seem sandy and crumbly at first, but keep mixing; it will come together. Once combined, do not overmix.
  • CHILL: Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours to chill.
  • BAKE: After being chilled, measure out cookie dough using a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon (each ball should be exactly 1 tablespoon). If the dough gets overly warmed from being rolled or sitting in a warm kitchen, put in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a light-colored sheet pan with a Silpat liner (Note 3). Bake for 7-11 minutes (mine take 10 minutes). Remove from the oven, let stand on tray for 3-5 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Let cool for 2-3 or so minutes.
  • POWDERED SUGAR: Add powdered sugar to a bowl (I start with 1 cup, but you may need slightly more). Roll the warmed cookie in the powdered sugar and then return to the wire cooling rack. Let cool down a few more minutes, and then roll in the powdered sugar again.
  • STORAGE: Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Re-roll in additional powdered sugar as needed. Best enjoyed within 1-3 days.

Notes

Note 1: It's important to use good-quality butter, not margarine. Use unsalted so you can control the salt amount. Make sure the butter is at room temperature, not melted or softened. 1 cup is the equivalent of 16 tablespoons or 2 sticks.
Note 2: I'll sometimes use vanilla bean paste; one teaspoon of paste if using!
Note 3: I tested this recipe with no parchment paper, with parchment paper, and with a Silpat liner. Cookies turned out best every-time with the Silpat liner. The darker the trays, the darker the bottoms of the cookies. The best results I found were with a light colored tray.

Nutrition

Serving: 40cookies | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.6g | Protein: 1.4g | Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 34.8mg | Sodium: 9.4mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 2g