My Grandmother’s recipe book has many classic Mexican recipes since she lived in Southern California. I love the these traditional Mexican Christmas Cookies (AKA – Mexican Wedding Cookies) because they have a rich almond flavor. They’re soft with a nutty flavor and rolled in powdered sugar to finish. They can’t be easier to make and people love getting them as a gift in the holiday season.
While these cookies adopted the name “Mexican Christmas Cookies” over time, the origins of the name are questionable. Some people believe it’s more of a middle eastern cookie. Today, you can find packaged versions in the grocery stores. They only pop up around the holiday season though.
I think everyone loves the texture of these cookies the most. They don’t really expand, so they keep that nice round shape. The powdered sugar adds the sweetness and the almond flavor is rich. I always add them to my holiday cookie boards and gift them to the neighbors.
After baking, when they’ve cooled, just store them in an air-tight container. They’ll stay soft and ready to serve for at least a week.
How To Make Mexican Christmas Cookies (AKA – Wedding)
You only need six ingredients to make these cookies. I use chopped pecan pieces.
Preheat the oven to 350º. In an electric mixer, mix together the butter, vanilla, flour, water and nuts. It will form a stiff ball of dough.
Drop onto a baking sheet, that’s covered with parchment paper or a sil pat, 1 inch balls of the dough.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Let cool for five minutes on a wire rack. Place powdered sugar into a small bowl. Roll each cookie into the powdered sugar. Store in an air-tight container.
Add the cookies to your favorite cookie tray. Give them as a gift during the holiday season. Serve them as a dessert with coffee.
- 1 Cup Butter, Softened
- 2 Tablespoons Vanilla
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup Chopped Pecan Pieces
- 1 Tablespoon Water
- 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350º. In an electric mixer, combine all of the ingredients except the powdered sugar. It should form a stiff ball.
- Drop 1 inch balls of dough onto a lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- Roll into the powdered sugar.
Serve as a dessert with coffee, give as a holiday gift or add them to your Chrimstas cookie platter. Store in an air-tight container.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g
**Nutritional facts are calculated by a third party. Actual nutritional information may vary.