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Friday, December 17, 2010

Mexican Wedding Cookies

These cookies I think that everyone bakes for Christmas one time or another. They
also masquerade under several names like Russian Tea Cakes, Swedish Tea Cakes, Moldy Mice, Snowballs, Butterballs, Pecan Sandies, Pecan Snowballs etc........
They are a melt-in-your-mouth buttery cookie, they became popular in the 1950's......and 1960's. This is a recipe that my Mom and Aunt have been using for years and this was the first cookie that I made by myself if memory serves me right when I was in high school.
Then when I go married this turned out to be my husband's fave cookie, so when I make them for the Holidays I usually triple the recipe. One for him and the rest for gifts to package up.
Mexican Wedding Cookies
(Source; Family)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1/2 up confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup pecans OR walnuts, finely chopped
*Extra Confectioner's sugar for dusting cookies

Preheat oven to 350 deg. F.
Cream butter and sugar till smooth...........add vanilla and beat till fluffy.
Sift flour, cinnamon (if using) and salt and mix into butter mixture till well combined.
Add the chopped nuts and mix well.
Chill for 20 minutes til a bit firm.
Form dough into walnut size balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet 1 inch apart.
Bake for about 15 to 18 minutes til golden brown (I just keep checking).
While still warm roll the cookies in some confectioner's sugar and put on cookie racks to cool. When cool sift some more confectioner's sugar over cookies.

I give myself a treat and am waiting for a cup of tea to brew.

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  1. Mmm, I love these cookies! I'm going to add these to my list of baking this weekend. Nice photos, too!

  2. I love these cookies your recipe looks very good. Thank you for sharing and you have a good week!

  3. I love these cookies. we usually buy Archway brand because it's just 2 of us. You recipe seems very easy so maybe I'll try them after Christmas.

  4. Thank you everyone for your nice comments. I do hope that you try these cookies.
    Have a good weekend......:-)

  5. These look great. I have tried them before, but I didn't know how to make them. Thanks for linking up!

  6. Just esterday, my son and I went to a Cookie Exchange Party and I tried these cookies there for the first time. Unfortunately, the lady didn't bring her recipe to share, so I'm glad you are sharing yours.
    I think I like the name Snowballs the best; perfect for Holiday Season ;-)

    Happy, happy holidays to you and your family!

  7. Ohhhh..... sweet......

    Have a wonderful holiday!

    Thanks for linking up to Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies!

  8. Beautiful Erica!
    Merry Christmas!

  9. I didn't realize that Mexican Wedding Cookies are the same as what we call Pecan Crescents. Nice touch with the pinch of cinnamon in the recipe. Have a wonderful holiday.

  10. My God, Christmas is almost here. Merry Christmas, dear Erica, to you and your family!

    P.S. In my family, we celebrate Christmas twice as well ;-)

  11. We usually do these but in the almond crescent version. We decided not to make them this year and tried some new recipes.