Mexican Wedding Cakes

Be sure that you grind the nuts into a flour-like substance and not a paste. To do this, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the flour called for to the nuts when grinding in the food processor.

Makes: 48Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 1 hour 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 48


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground cinnamon


  • Beat butter until creamy. Add 1⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until mixture is well blended. Stir in flour and pecans. Cover with plastic wrap; chill at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix cinnamon and remaining confectioners’ sugar in a shallow dish; set aside.
  • Roll dough by 2 teaspoonfuls in hands and form into crescents. Place on cookie sheets about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until bottoms are golden.
  • Cool cookies about 5 minutes on baking sheet. Roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat completely. Allow to cool. Store tightly covered for no more than 2 to 3 days.