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Mexican Wedding Cakes

As part of a Mexican tradition, I tucked these tender cookies into small gift boxes for the guests at my sister's wedding a few years ago. Most folks gobbled them up before they ever got home! —Sarita Johnston, San Antonio, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and 1 cup confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in pecans.
  • Shape tablespoons of dough into 2-in. crescents. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake until light brown, 12-15 minutes. Roll cookies in additional confectioners' sugar while warm; cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 88 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Faaterehau
    Apr 20, 2020

    So fun and easy to make. I added almond extract. I bake a lot of these for Christmas and this recipe is my go to!! Thank you for the recipe!!!

  • slittrell
    Jan 18, 2020

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  • Greg
    Apr 11, 2019

    This is a version of the classic butter/flour/powdered sugar cookie that almost every nationality has (Polish wedding cookies, Greek cookies called kourabiedes, etc.). I make the Greek version with 2 eggs yolks, only 3 tablespoons of sugar and chopped walnuts, no vanilla. When I make them, I prepare baking sheets covered with powdered sugar and when the cookies come out of the oven, I place them HOT right on the sugar and then sprinkle them with enough powdered sugar to bury them. This melts some of the sugar into the cookies. It takes a LOT of powdered sugar (a couple of pounds at least) but well worth it. I sift and save the sugar after I'm done.

  • tishathomas
    Jan 25, 2018

    These are indeed a fabulous cookie! They appear to be an international favorite. My mother was given this recipe by her German mother-in-law, born in1898, who called them Kifflings. The only difference between Kifflings and this recipe is that we made them with walnuts. Most Germans use almonds. They are an important part of our Christmas tradition.

  • Bob
    Dec 11, 2017

    Easy and delicious...

  • Michael
    Nov 18, 2017

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  • suefalk
    Dec 31, 2016

    Delicioso! A Christmas tradition in my family. Whether you call them Mexican Wedding Cakes, Pecan Puffs or Russian Tea Cakes - this is one recipe to save.

  • RelativeTaste
    Aug 6, 2014

    Mexican Wedding Cakes (we also call them Russian Tea Cakes) have been a family favorite for years. They are always part of our Christmas cookie plate.

  • DHeitz
    Jan 11, 2014

    Made these for our wedding anniversary. Husband ate the whole batch! Very addicting.

  • VeroG
    Jan 1, 2014

    I'm a novice when it comes to cooking, so I was a bit nervous about trying this recipe. But I did and the cookies came out awesome! I made these to gift and everyone who received them loved them. In fact, I'm making another batch to give to some people who called asking for more. The only adjustment I made was that I baked them for a few more minutes (18-20) at 350 degrees. Thank you for sharing this recipe. :-)