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Mexican Wedding Cookies (Snowball Cookies)

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Whether you call them Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes or Snowball Cookies, these delicate buttery cookies, rolled in powdered sugar (with many different names) are a staple each year at Christmas. This easy 6-ingredient Christmas cookie is versatile too. Change up the flavoring or add-in ingredients and create a whole new cookie recipe. #mexicanweddingcookies #ChristmasCookies #cookierecipe #RussianTeaCakes
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Whether you call them Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes or Snowball Cookies, these buttery cookies are a staple each year at Christmas. Either way, I call them good and my hand ALWAYS gravitates towards them on a Christmas cookie tray.

You just can beat a buttery nut cookie rolled in powdered sugar. Made with only six simple ingredients, Mexican Wedding Cookies are so easy and versatile. I love them because you can change up the ingredients a little to create a whole new flavor in these cookies.

Another way to change these cookies a bit is to shape them differently. They are usually formed into balls or crescents, but you can also create other fun shapes as well. And while these cookies may go by many different names, these buttery confections, rolled in a sweet cloud of confectioners sugar are absolutely delicious. 

Check out this delicious recipe!

Whether you call them Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes or Snowball Cookies, these delicate buttery cookies, rolled in powdered sugar (with many different names) are a staple each year at Christmas. This easy 6-ingredient Christmas cookie is versatile too. Change up the flavoring or add-in ingredients and create a whole new cookie recipe. #mexicanweddingcookies #ChristmasCookies #cookierecipe #RussianTeaCakes

What Ingredients Do I Need To Make this Mexican Wedding Cookies recipe?

Six is the magic number for this easy cookie recipe. Yep. Six simple ingredients are all you need to make these yummy Mexican Wedding cookies.

  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Walnuts (toasting optional!)
  • Flour
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
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Try Adding These Mix-In Ingredients To The Recipe

Because this recipe is so basic, you can change it up very easily by substituting or adding any of the ingredients below.

  • Chopped Pecans, Almonds or Hazelnuts (you can also toast the nuts)
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • White Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Toffee Chips
  • Crushed Peppermint Pieces
  • Dried Fruit
  • Almond extract for vanilla
  • Lemon extract for vanilla
  • You can also drizzle tops of cookies with melted chocolate

How Do I Make Mexican Wedding Cookies  OR XYZ Recipe Tips and Instructions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 35o degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicon baking sheets and set aside.

Step 2

Add softened butter to the bowl of a mixer beat on medium until creamy. Slowly add in powdered sugar, vanilla and salt until creamy.

Step 4

Blend in flour and nuts until combined. Chill dough for two hours.

  • A note about the nuts: you can use toasted or untoasted. I like to toast mine a little because it adds a delicious flavor. But this step it totally up to you.

Step 5

Using a small cookie scoop, shape Mexican Wedding Cookies and place evenly on the baking sheet. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 13 – 14 minutes. Remove and cool 2 minutes.

Step 6

Roll the cookie balls in powdered sugar. Allow them to cool completely and then roll them in powdered sugar again.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Whether you call them Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes or Snowball Cookies, these delicate buttery cookies, rolled in powdered sugar (with many different names) are a staple each year at Christmas. This easy 6-ingredient Christmas cookie is versatile too. Change up the flavoring or add-in ingredients and create a whole new cookie recipe. #mexicanweddingcookies #ChristmasCookies #cookierecipe #RussianTeaCakes

Must-Have Recipe Resources: Tools Needed To Make Cookies

Stand Mixer

Baking Sheets

Parchment Paper or Silpat

Wire Cooling Rack

Mixing Bowls

Cookie Scoop


Whether you call them Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes or Snowball Cookies, these delicate buttery cookies, rolled in powdered sugar (with many different names) are a staple each year at Christmas. This easy 6-ingredient Christmas cookie is versatile too. Change up the flavoring or add-in ingredients and create a whole new cookie recipe. #mexicanweddingcookies #ChristmasCookies #cookierecipe #RussianTeaCakes

Can These Cookies Be Frozen?

Absolutely! I start my Christmas baking in November and these are one of the first batches of cookies that I make. You can store them in a freezer container between layers of waxed paper or parchment. You will have to re-roll them in some confectioner’s sugar when you thaw. But hey, the more sweetness the better, right?

Mexican Wedding Cookies have many names. You may have also heard them referred to these names.

  • Mexican Wedding Cookies
  • Russian Tea Cakes
  • Snowballs
  • Polvorones
  • Pecan Sandies
  • Butterballs
  • Kourabiedes
  • Italian Nut Cookies

What other Christmas Cookies Recipes Should I Try

Add this delicious Mexican Wedding Cookies recipe to your Christmas Cookie Baking list. Here are a few other cookies recipes to try.

Italian Christmas Cookies

Rugelach

Almond Joy Cups

Mint Brownie Truffles

Spritz Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

Sugar Cookie Sticks

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Candy Cane Cookie Sandwiches

Pecan Pie Cups

Brownie Almond Biscotti

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Whether you call them Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes or Snowball Cookies, these delicate buttery cookies, rolled in powdered sugar (with many different names) are a staple each year at Christmas. This easy 6-ingredient Christmas cookie is versatile too. Change up the flavoring or add-in ingredients and create a whole new cookie recipe. #mexicanweddingcookies #ChristmasCookies #cookierecipe #RussianTeaCakes
Whether you call them Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes or Snowball Cookies, these delicate buttery cookies, rolled in powdered sugar (with many different names) are a staple each year at Christmas. This easy 6-ingredient Christmas cookie is versatile too. Change up the flavoring or add-in ingredients and create a whole new cookie recipe. #mexicanweddingcookies #ChristmasCookies #cookierecipe #RussianTeaCakes
Yield: 36 cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies (Snowball Cookies)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Whether you call them Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes or Snowball Cookies, these buttery cookies are a staple each year at Christmas. Either way, I call them good

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking sheets and set aside.
  2. Add softened butter to the bowl of a mixer beat on medium until creamy. Slowly add in powdered sugar, vanilla and salt until creamy.
  3. Blend in flour and nuts until combined. Chill dough for two hours.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, shape Mexican Wedding Cookies and place evenly on the baking sheet. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 13 - 14 minutes. Remove and cool 2 minutes.
  5. Roll the cookie balls in powdered sugar. Allow them to cool completely and then roll them in powdered sugar again.
  6. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Notes

A note about the nuts: you can use toasted or untoasted. I like to toast mine a little because it adds a delicious flavor. But this step it totally up to you.

Optional Add-In Ingredients:

  • Chopped Pecans, Almonds or Hazelnuts (you can also toast the nuts)
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • White Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Toffee Chips
  • Crushed Peppermint Pieces
  • Dried Fruit
  • Almond extract for vanilla
  • Lemon extract for vanilla
  • You can also drizzle tops of cookies with melted chocolate

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

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