Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe

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Mexican Wedding Cookies for Cinco de Mayo!

Mexican Wedding Cookies are cute little round cookies with lots of powdered sugar on top. There can be a variety of flavors and variations, but this recipe is for a classic pecan shortbread cookie.

Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe - Polvorones

Wouldn’t you know it, in Mexico they are not known as Wedding cookies at all. They are called Polvorones and can be found in just about every bakery and grocery store there.

mexican wedding cookies powdered sugar and pecans

Just throw the pecans into your food processor or blender and grind them up a bit. (If you don’t have a processor, you can just chop them finely with a knife.) Then add the powdered sugar and pulse to combine it all together.

making mexican wedding cookies

Drop the shortening and butter into the flour mixture by about the teaspoonful and mix together with your hands. Keeping small chunks of the butter throughout (and also the powdered sugar in the cookie) will help it to nearly melt in your mouth. Yum.

making the dough for mexican wedding cookies

Then roll the dough into little balls, place them on the cookie sheet, and gently tap the tops. I got exactly 35 little cookies with this recipe.

mexican wedding cookie balls

These cookies are made to be dusted generously with powdered sugar before serving. The dough is not very sweet on its own. Such a simple and easy cookie. Just be sure not to overwork the dough or the dough will become too greasy and the cookie will kind of melt & burn onto the cookie sheet during baking. If your hands have become greasy and you fear you’ve overworked the dough, just cover the dough and put it in the fridge for about 15 minutes before shaping the cookies.

dust mexican wedding cookies with powdered sugar

I’m a fan of shortbread, so I’m definitely a fan of these easy cookies. I can’t eat just one! In fact, I had to give some away or I probably would’ve eaten them all by myself over a day or two.

Fun and easy treat for your Cinco de Mayo party!

This recipe is from Pati’s Mexican Table. This is also where I found my favorite Tres Leches recipe. Yum. She now has a cookbook out and I can’t wait to learn more about Mexican home cooking!

pati's mexican table cookbook

Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe

Mexican Wedding Cookies are cute little round cookies with lots of powdered sugar on top. There can be a variety of flavors and variations, but this recipe is for a classic pecan shortbread cookie.
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Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Serves: 24
Adjust Servings: 24


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter cut into chunks
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar plus more to dust
  • 1 large egg


  • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.
  • Use a food processor or blender to finely chop the pecans. Add the powdered sugar to the pecans and pulse a few times to combine. Or you can mix together by hand.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Drop in the chunks of butter and the shortening by the teaspoonful. Mix with your hands just until the mixture turns into a coarse dough, with chunks of butter and shortening throughout. It is important not to over work the dough.
  • Add the pecan mixture and work it in with your hands. Add the egg and thoroughly combine. In less than a minute, the dough should be soft and will start to form a ball. Don't over mix.
  • Butter a cookie sheet. Form small balls, 1-1.5-inches wide, with the palms of your hands and place each on the cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for about 15 to 16 minutes, until light golden brown. Dust powdered sugar over the top and serve.


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g

Meal Type: Desserts
Categories: Cookies and Treats, Mexican

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