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Easy Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe

Mexican wedding cookies, also known as snowball cookies, are a classic addition to any Christmas cookie plate. Buttery and crumbly, like a shortbread cookie, Mexican wedding cookies are rolled into a ball shape and then dusted with powdered sugar, giving them a snowy, festive look. It’s a classic Christmas cookie and one of the easiest to make.

What do people call Mexican wedding cookies?

Introduce this cookie to your friends and family and they might exclaim “Ah, Italian wedding cookies!” or identify them as possibly Greek. Many different countries and cultures claim a cookie like this as their own. Call them what you will – these cookies are familiar to many people and are sure to draw smiles during the holidays.

What are the ingredients in Mexican wedding cookies?

With only five ingredients: butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, flour, and pecans, Mexican Wedding Cookies are one of the easiest cookies to make. The addition of orange zest and cardamom gives these cookies a refreshing, warming spice kick. Keep it simple or add each of these optional ingredients, if desired. Chopped pistachios or walnuts work well in place of pecans. Or try cinnamon and lemon zest, instead of cardamom and orange zest.

Why are my Mexican wedding cookies crumbly?

This simple cookie recipe isn’t tied to an egg or any other wet ingredient. That said, it is important to soften the butter well, so that this dough holds together. If the butter is too cold, it won’t be soft enough to bind the sugar, flour, and nuts, making it crumbly and difficult to work with. Too hot and the dough can be greasy and difficult to roll into balls. Soften the butter to just above room temperature and the dough should be perfect.