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Mexican Wedding Cakes


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Shape tablespoons of dough into 2-in. crescents. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • 3. 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.


Average Rating:
  • 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...

  • 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
    Dec 31, 1969

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

  • VeroG
    Jan 12, 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. :-)

  • gjretired
    Jan 30, 2017

    See "Russian Tea Cakes".? It cuts the recipe in half.

  • vamburn
    Jan 30, 2017

    So good.

  • b_layman_32
    Jan 30, 2017

    I made these last year for Christmas gifts. These are great tasting cookies. I am making them again this year and many years to come.

    Beth :)

  • Jordi
    Jan 30, 2017

    Love these cookies!

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