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Wedding Cookies

Every year at Christmas I would help my Nana make these cookies. So they hold a special place in my heart. They go by many different names: Mexican Wedding Cookies, Tea Cakes, Polverones, etc., and  they have just the right amount of sweetness to them, mostly from being rolled in powdered sugar after baking.

Wedding Cookies


Heather @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 0.5 cup powdered sugar, #1
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 0.75 cup pecans, finely ground
  • 1.5 cup powdered sugar, #2


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter, powdered sugar #1 and vanilla in large bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and pecans, beating on low speed until well blended. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 14-15 minutes until bottom of cookies are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar #2 until evenly cookies, cool completely.

Freezing Directions:

Prepare dough as directed above. Flash freeze dough balls on cookie sheet before baking. When frozen, place in freezer bag, label and place back in freezer. To serve: Thaw. Bake as directed above and roll in powdered sugar (#2).

Servings: 3 dozen cookies

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

8 Responses to “Wedding Cookies”

  1. Rita says:

    I never knew they were considered weedding cookies. well why not. I got this recipe with chocolate chips added from my mother in law in 1977 and have made them every year for Christmas. The recipe was called choco nut balls. Very yummy. My sister in law makes them with splenda cause she is diabetic. They are also great!

  2. Robyn says:

    My son and I saw this recipe and needed to make it right away. We didn’t have any pecans in the house so we used mini chocolate chips instead. They were so amazingly good. Can’t wait to try them with pecans next time!

  3. Kathy Richardson says:

    My dad and I made these when I was growing up – same recipe but made them in crescent shape – “Pecan Crescents” – definitely gonna make this year – Question?? When using the chocolate chips – is that in place of the nuts or in addition to – and how many??

  4. Jamie says:

    In WI, we call them butterballs or snowballs.

  5. TRACY says:

    Anyone know how long these will last in the freezer?

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