Mexican wedding cookies are a delightful way to celebrate special occasions! Sprinkled with powdered sugar, these light, buttery snowball cookies literally melt in your mouth. They’re so darn good!
MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIES HISTORY
It’s up for debate which country these butter-rich cookies actually come from. In Mexico they’re known as Mexican wedding cookies, Mexican wedding cakes, and Polvorones de Novia. In the U.S. these traditional Christmas cookies are called snowball cookies. Abroad they’re often referred to as Russian tea cakes. No matter what part of the world they’re enjoyed in, they all share the same basic ingredients.
INGREDIENTS FOR MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIES RECIPE
These are the ingredients for making Mexican wedding cookies:
- Good-quality salted butter
- Powdered sugar
- Mexican vanilla extract
- Freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- Lemon zest
- All-purpose flour
- Ground cinnamon
MEXICAN WEDDING CAKES / SNOWBALL COOKIES
Here’s how to make snowball cookies, step by step:
- Add butter, half the sugar, lemon juice and vanilla to a large mixing bowl.
- Beat these ingredients for at least 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Add cornstarch and cinnamon. Mix briefly.
MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIES RECIPE
Using a food processor or sharp knife, finely chop the pecans.
This traditional recipe for Polvorones is easy to make!
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Gradually add in flour, mixing well after each addition.
- Add lemon zest and finely-chopped pecans. Mix until incorporated.
RUSSIAN TEA CAKES
This is what the dough for Russian tea cakes looks like:
- Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- With a spoon or small cookie scoop, shape the dough into 1-inch balls.
- Transfer the snowball cookies to a prepared baking tray.
- Leave 1-1/2 inches between the cookies.
HOW TO BAKE SNOWBALL COOKIES
It’s important to keep an eye on your snowball cookies when they’re in the oven. These cookies should not be over-baked!
- Bake snowball cookies for 12 minutes, or until slightly golden on the bottom.
- The tops should remain a creamy white, not brown.
- Remove Mexican wedding cookies from the oven.
MEXICAN WEDDING CAKE COOKIES
- Allow the cookies to cool on the baking tray for about 10 minutes.
- Roll the warm snowball cookies in a bowl filled with powdered sugar.
- Place the cookies on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
- Roll cooled snowball cookies in powdered sugar a second time!
HOW TO SERVE RUSSIAN TEA COOKIES
These buttery Russian tea cookies are enjoyed all year round! In Mexico, Mexican wedding cookies are often served at weddings, Christenings, and special occasions including Christmas.
- Transfer cooled cookies to a medium-sized serving dish.
- Sift additional powdered sugar over the Russian tea cookies.
- This recipe yields 33 bite-sized treats.
- Enjoy Russian tea cookies with milk, tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
KITCHEN TOOLS FOR MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIES RECIPE
These are helpful kitchen tools for making this Mexican wedding cookies recipe.
EXPERT BAKING TIPS FOR SNOWBALL COOKIES
These expert baking tips will help you produce beautiful snowball cookies with the perfect crumb!
- Toasting the pecans will bump up the texture and flavor, resulting in a richer nuttier cookie. A food processor is very helpful for grinding the pecans.
- Use a small cookie scoop to evenly portion dough and create round balls.
- Bake only ONE tray of cookies in the oven at a time. This makes a big difference in the outcome of this recipe.
- Mexican wedding cookies can be made 1-2 days in advance. Another option: refrigerate unbaked cookie dough for 2-3 days; soften slightly then bake.
- To protect their flavor and texture, store snowball cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
- For a fabulous Mexican twist, use 1 teaspoon tequila instead of the lemon juice!
Mexican wedding cookies, also known as Polvorones, snowball cookies and Russian tea cookies, are a delightful way to celebrate special occasions! Beautifully sprinkled with powdered sugar, these butter-rich Mexican wedding cakes literally melt in your mouth.
- 2 sticks salted butter (1 cup), softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar, divided
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- In a large mixing bowl, add butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Beat ingredients for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes until very light and fluffy. Add cinnamon and cornstarch to the bowl. Mix briefly. Gradually add in flour, mixing well after each addition. Add lemon zest and finely-chopped pecans. Mix until fully incorporated.
- Using a small cookie scoop, shape the cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Transfer Mexican wedding cookies to a prepared cookie sheet. Leave 1-1/2 inches between the snowball cookies.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are lightly golden. Do not over-bake! The tops should remain white. Remove from oven. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.
- Roll warm snowball cookies in a bowl filled with powdered sugar. Place cookies on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
- Roll in powdered sugar a second time. Transfer Russian tea cookies to a small-medium serving bowl. Lightly sift powdered sugar over the top of the cookies in the serving dish. They’re now ready to enjoy!
EXPERT BAKING TIPS
Toasting the pecans will bump up the texture and flavor, resulting in a richer nuttier cookie. A food processor is very helpful for grinding the pecans.
Use a small cookie scoop to evenly portion out the cookie dough and create nice round balls.
Bake only ONE tray of cookies in the oven at a time. This makes a big difference in the outcome of this recipe.
Mexican wedding cookies can be made 1-2 days in advance. Another option: unbaked cookie dough can be refrigerated for 2-3 days, softened slightly and then baked.
To protect their flavor and texture, store snowball cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
For a fabulous Mexican twist, use 1 teaspoon tequila instead of the lemon juice!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Mexican, American, Russian
Keywords: Mexican Wedding Cookies, Snowball Cookies, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Polvorones, Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies
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