Mexican Wedding Cakes – A Mexican Wedding Cookie Recipe

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, we earn from qualifying purchases.

Mexican Wedding Cakes are actually a cookie! Also called Russian Tea Cakes, these super simple cookies contain nuts (usually pecans or walnuts) and are dusted in powdered sugar. Add these to your holiday baking or make them in a matter of minutes for a sweet treat.

Mexican Wedding Cakes

My Mom has been making these Mexican Wedding Cakes for the holidays for at least 30 years, probably more. I am in my mid-thirties, and I cannot remember a Christmas cookie tray without them.

Mexican Wedding Cakes are a tried and true staple that I look forward to each and every year. If you’ve never had a Mexican Wedding Cake Cookie, then imagine a little, buttery shortbread cookie tossed in the perfect amount of powdered sugar.

They are so good that it is almost impossible to eat just one at a time. Ask my nephew, Dane. He ate approximately six of these bad boys when I made them they other day (Don’t’ tell his Mom). He kept calling them donuts, and it was so cute that I couldn’t correct him.

A Mexican Wedding Cookie Recipe

The funny thing about Mexican Wedding Cakes is that they aren’t a cake at all. They are really a Mexican Wedding Cookie.

I’d like to say I know why these are called Mexican Wedding Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies, but that would be a lie.  I honestly have no clue. But I really don’t care, because they are so yummy.

Russian Tea Cakes

Another crazy thing is these are also called Russian Tea Cakes.

Are they from Mexico or Russia?  Who knows?

One thing that I do know is that they would be absolutely divine being served with tea so maybe they are a Russian Tea Cake. But then again, they would be the cutest wedding cookies too.

Ingredients for Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies

Margarine, softened

Flour

Powdered Sugar

Salt

Vanilla Extract

Walnuts or Pecans, chopped

pin button

How to make Mexican Wedding Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cream softened margarine, flour, salt, powdered sugar, and chopped nuts until smooth.
  3. Roll into balls, approximately 1-inch in size.
  4. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes. The bottoms should be lightly browned, not dark.
  5. Roll hot cookies in powdered sugar. Return to pan to fully cool.
  6. Once cooled, roll in powdered sugar again.

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Russian Tea Cakes

  • Substitute butter for margarine, if desired. Be sure whatever you use is softened at room temperature so it creams easily.
  • Pecans or walnuts can be used, or omit the nuts completely.
  • This is a double rolling process for the powdered sugar so that it sticks easily.
  • My Mom makes these ahead of time every Christmas. Let cool completely, and then place in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Check out our Amazon Store for our favorite kitchen and pantry items.

The BEST Christmas Cookies

We absolutely LOVE making cookies and other sweet treats for the holidays, and our blog is full of such recipes. Check out our post with links to our facility Old-Fashioned, Homemade Holiday Desserts.

Fudge Nut Bars 

Cowboy Cookies with Toffee Bits (no coconut)

Cowboy Cookies with Toffee Bits contain oats, chocolate chips, and Heath toffee pieces for the perfect cookie (no coconut).

 Jackpot Drop Cookies

Originally called Jackpot Drop Cookie, these perfect M&M Oatmeal Cookies are a home-run with kids and adults.

Granny’s Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe

Mexican Wedding Cakes - A Mexican Wedding Cookie Recipe

Mexican Wedding Cakes are actually a cookie! Also called Russian Tea Cakes, these super simple cookies contain nuts (usually pecans or walnuts) and are dusted in powdered sugar. Add these to your holiday baking or make them in a matter of minutes for a sweet treat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mexican wedding cake cookies, mexican wedding cakes, mexican wedding cookies, russian tea cakes
Servings: 48 cookies
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • powdered sugar for rolling

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cream softened margarine, powdered sugar, flour, salt, vanilla extract and chopped nuts until fully combined.
    Mexican Wedding Cakes are actually a cookie! Also called Russian Tea Cakes, these super simple cookies contain nuts (usually pecans or walnuts) and are dusted in powdered sugar. Add these to your holiday baking or make them in a matter of minutes for a sweet treat.
  • Roll into balls, approximately 1-inch in size. Place on cookie sheet.
    Mexican Wedding Cakes are actually a cookie! Also called Russian Tea Cakes, these super simple cookies contain nuts (usually pecans or walnuts) and are dusted in powdered sugar. Add these to your holiday baking or make them in a matter of minutes for a sweet treat.
  • Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until lightly golden brown on bottom (not top).
    Mexican Wedding Cakes are actually a cookie! Also called Russian Tea Cakes, these super simple cookies contain nuts (usually pecans or walnuts) and are dusted in powdered sugar. Add these to your holiday baking or make them in a matter of minutes for a sweet treat.
  • Roll in powdered sugar while hot; return to pan to cool.
    Mexican Wedding Cakes are actually a cookie! Also called Russian Tea Cakes, these super simple cookies contain nuts (usually pecans or walnuts) and are dusted in powdered sugar. Add these to your holiday baking or make them in a matter of minutes for a sweet treat.
  • Once cooled completely, roll again in powdered sugar for a second time.
    Mexican Wedding Cakes are actually a cookie! Also called Russian Tea Cakes, these super simple cookies contain nuts (usually pecans or walnuts) and are dusted in powdered sugar. Add these to your holiday baking or make them in a matter of minutes for a sweet treat.

Notes

  • These are also known as Russian Tea Cakes. 
  • Substitute butter for margarine, if desired. Be sure whatever you use is softened at room temperature so it creams easily.
  • Pecans or walnuts can be used, or omit the nuts completely.
  • This is a double rolling process for the powdered sugar so that it sticks easily. 
  • These freeze great. Place them in an air-tight container for 1 to 2 months. 
  • If you love these, then you'll love our Thumbprint Cookie Recipe. 

pin button

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating