Mexican wedding cookie recipe

I really don’t feel like it’s officially Christmas time until I’ve done some baking so this weekend I knew I had to get in the kitchen. One baked good I always associate with the holidays is Mexican wedding cookies (or pecan jewels as we call them in my family). These cookies are super easy to make and only require a handful of ingredients that a lot of you probably already have. There are several recipes for these cookies online and this time around I tried one from www.tastesoflizzyt.com.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (for rolling)

Baking instructions:

  1. Using a mixer, mix the butter and powdered sugar until creamy
  2. Add the flour, vanilla, salt and chopped pecans. Mix well again.
  3. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees — I baked my cookies at 400 degrees but did think it could be a little too high. Some of my cookies were a little burnt on the bottom so it may be better to stick to 350 degrees and bake for a little longer.
  5. Roll the dough into 1″ balls. Place on a non-stick baking sheet.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes. — My cookies didn’t really change in color after baking so I would keep checking the bottoms to insure they don’t get too dark when deciding when to take them out of the oven!
  7. Immediately roll the cookie balls in powdered sugar.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool completely and then roll them in powdered sugar again.

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