Mexican Wedding Cakes

These are probably MY MOST FAVORITE COOKIE EVER! Who doesn’t love mounds of buttery cookie with a hint of vanilla and nutty walnuts?

Great with tea, coffee, or yes, even wine. They literally melt in your mouth, and remind me of the shortbread cookie’s my Mom makes. They are typically made around Christmas time, but are super for showers, birthdays, holidays and plain ole everyday. They are called pastries by some.

They are super, super easy to make, anyone can make.

The various names for these cookies are Russian Tea Cakes, Snowballs, Melting Moments, Italian Wedding Cookies and Mexican Wedding Cakes. They are typically made with pecans, hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts.

Whatever you want to call them, make them! They will be among your favorites for years to come!

Mexican Wedding Cakes

Print Recipe
Serves: 10 Cooking Time: 12 min


  • 1/2 lb butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts



Preheat oven to 350° F.


Cream together butter and vanilla.


Blend in sugar, flour and nuts.


Flour hands and shape 1 tsp at a time in to balls.


Place 1″ apart on ungreased cookie sheet.


Bake for 12 minutes or until slightly browned.


Roll in to confectioners sugar when fully cooled.


Note: In warmer or more humid weather, wait to the last minute to roll in to the confectioners sugar. They will get gooey fast.



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