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Mexican Wedding Cakes

Mexican Wedding Cakes

Mexican Wedding Cakes

5 from 3 votes
Mexican Wedding Cakes
5.0 rating based on 12,345 ratings
5/5 (17)
Course: Ball Cookies, Hand-Shaped CookiesCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy



Mexican Wedding Cakes (or Mexican Wedding Cookies, of course!) are a tender, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread ball with finely chopped nuts. A true classic, this one! In Mexico, these are known as polvorones. For the best flavor, use Mexican vanilla.


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 2 cups all-pupose flour

  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds or pecans

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • powdered sugar


  • Pre-heat oven to 325 F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla. Do not over-beat (you want to avoid mixing in too much air with the cookies which can make them spread).
  • Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together.
  • Shape into 1-inch balls. Place an inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets.
  • Cool slightly and roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely and re-roll in powdered sugar.




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(example: Sue in LA)

LOVE THESE COOKIES.....I had lemon extract instead of vanilla some times with lemon zest. Delish!
- Sheri, Valle Vista, CA

Made these for the first time just as the recipe stated. Baked them exactly 15 minutes. Excellent!
- Janice in Fort Worth

Just as I remembered my Mom's! Melt in your mouth wonderful. Close my eyes and I'm back home. Sighhh :) Thank you!
- Victoria Regina Marsh in Brooklyn, NY

Thee best Christmas cookies!! We make them every year. Melt in your mouth delicious ?.
- A Baker

Great, and favorite, cookies. We use 1/2 butter and 1/2 vegetable shortening. Also, we recommend doubling everything - you know they\'ll all be eaten, or shared. And only one clean-up that way!
- A Baker

Been a tradition in our family forever! Not too sweet. Great recipe!
- Laura in Oregon

I make these every year. They are my families favorite. So yummy!
- Chris in Connecticut 

I've been looking fora recipe like this for awhile now. They were incredible. Left them in exactly 15 minutes. Instead of rolling them in powdered sugar, I put some powered sugar in a big zip lock bag, put in 3 at a time and just shook the bag. It completely covered the cookies, easier way of doing it. Also bumped it to a half tbsp of vanilla by accident but thats fine. Just made them extra yummy.. Tried combining by hand at first but ended up switching to my stand mixture which made a difference in the dough. Also use parchment if you don't trust your pans or oven. Did it both ways and some burned without the parchment paper.
- MamaPanda13 in New Jersey

I printed this recipe years ago from a magazine and this is my most requested cookie every year. So thrilled to find it online. Incredibly delicious!
- OMGshellyOMG 

Awesome. Super easy! Will make again
- Celeste in Fl

These are delicious. My girlfriends and I get together every year and bake holiday cookies. These are by far the most favored by all our families and friends. We make hundreds!
- Jen in Livingston, NJ

My very favorite Christmas cookie.
- Carol in Minnesota 

I love these cookies! They are so easy to make and taste great.
- Vilma

It wouldn't be Christmas without mom's Mexican Wedding Cakes! She used to forn the dough into a log, and slice them about 1/4 inch thick, instead of rolling them nto balls.
- A Baker

Awesome cookie and super easy. I put the nuts in the food processor before adding to dough. So good, thank you!
- A Baker
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