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Mexican Wedding Cookies AKA Christmas Tea Cookies AKA Snowballs

Mexican Wedding Cookies (AKA Snowballs)

Michelle Johnson
Buttery shortbread cookies served to celebrate festive events, such as weddings and Christmas.
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert, Pastry
Cuisine Southwestern
Servings 18 2 cookies per person


  • mixing bowl
  • large bowl
  • cookie sheet
  • wooden or bamboo mixing spoon


  • 1 cup butter
  • cups powdered sugar divided into 2 separate portions: ½ cup for the batter and 1 cup for rolling baked cookies
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup nuts, finely chopped


  • Set the oven to bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cream the butter and the sugar together until fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla and stir.
  • In a separate bowl, blend together the flour and salt; then add them to the butter/sugar/vanilla mixture.
  • Stir until completely blended.
  • Add in the chopped nuts.
  • Roll the mixture into balls between 1¼ and 1½ inches in diameter and place them onto an un-greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes, until light golden brown.
  • Immediately, roll the fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies in powdered sugar.
  • Re-roll when cool.


Tips & Product Recommendations

  • Finely ground walnuts, pistachios, or pecans will work well in this Mexican wedding cookies recipe.


  • If you either don't care for vanilla or simply want a change from it, try using lemon zest or lemon flavor instead. I enjoy using the Pure Madagascar Vanilla Extract and Lemon Flavor from the Simply Organic line of spices and herbs..
Keyword chopped nuts, holiday, special occasions