Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies - Life With Lorelai

Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies - Life With Lorelai

Mexican Wedding Cakes

or Snowball Cookies

A Recipe for
The Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party & Giveaway

I am Co-hosting the virtual Cookie & Goodies Exchange party with several of my blogger buddies, I hope you will pop by for a visit and exchange a few recipes with us.

This cookie recipe has been a forever family favorite in my house. Delicious barely describes these melt-in-your-mouth wonders, and the recipe is super easy too! We have always called them Mexican Wedding Cakes, but some people call them Snowball Cookies. Because these cookies do look like little snowballs, they make a perfect holiday cookie.

The recipe has six ingredients: Butter, Powdered Sugar, Vanilla, Flour, Salt, and Nuts.

You bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, then roll the cookies in powdered sugar.

Easy right? So, onto the Directions and Recipe.

Mexican Wedding Cakes

Slightly soften the butter. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and whisk until smooth and creamy. Add flour, salt, and finely chopped nuts (I used walnuts, but have also used pecans). Mix well.

The dough is soft and crumbly. It seems like it’s on the dry side, but it’s not. It will stick together easily. Roll the mixed dough into small balls, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake until lightly golden  and let cool for 1-2 minutes. Drop into powdered sugar and roll around to cover the cookie. Place cookie on wax paper. Once the entire sheet of cookies has been dusted with powdered sugar, dunk them through the powdered sugar a second time. Return to wax paper to finish cooling.

Don’t these look scrumptious?

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Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies
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A scrumptious cookie recipe that is good all year round, but particularly lends itself to the winter holidays since the cookie looks like a tiny snowball.
Type: Dessert
Serves: 3-6 dozen
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1-3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Nuts (finely chopped walnuts or pecans)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Additional Powdered Sugar for rolling after baking.
  1. Use slighty softened Butter. Add Powdered Sugar and Vanilla
  2. Whisk until smooth and creamy
  3. Add Flour, Salt, and Nuts, mix until well blended
  4. Roll Dough between the palms of your hands to make small balls
  5. Place Dough Balls on UNGREASED cookie sheet
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden
  7. Let cookies cool on sheet for 1-2 minutes
  8. Drop individual cookies into the additional Powdered Sugar and roll around to coat.
  9. Place cookie onto Wax Paper
  10. When all cookies from the baking sheet are coated, go back and coat a second time with Powdered Sugar
This recipe yields 3-6 dozen cookies depending on how large or small you roll you dough balls.

I bake my cookies for 10 minutes to start and add a minute at a time if needed.

This recipe is part of The Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party & Giveaway, found at

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I hope you will enjoy the Mexican Wedding Cakes as much as we do. Be sure to stop by The Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party & Giveaway and link up some of your holiday favorites! It’s a cookie and goodie exchange, so take away some great new recipes to try.

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50 thoughts on “Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies”

  1. I never knew they were called Mexican Wedding Cookies! 🙂 They are so tasty and you CAN’T just eat one! LOL 🙂 These cookies are delicious! I look forward to them around Christmas time after my mom comes homes with a batch from a cookie party! Now I can try your recipe and make dozens worth! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! 🙂

  2. My husband makes these, called Snowball Cookies but they could be called The Incredibly Disappearing Cookies, couldn’t they! So glad you are Co-Hosting with us. It is so much fun saving all these fabulous recipes!

  3. Looks yummy. I’m planning to make an apple/carrot cake for my hubby birthday which this year fall on Thanksgiving. I don’t have a favor cookie. Some years I make date filled cookies. But this year I’m only going to do fruit cakes.
    I stop in from Social Saturday.

    Hope you find the time to stop in at my blog…Coffee is on

  4. I’ve never tried to make them, but I love these cookies. They are one of my favorite Christmas cookies. Thank you for sharing and linking up to Scraptastic Saturdays. This post has been shared via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a wonderful week.

  5. I’m totally in love with this! Yummy. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party, and I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  6. No eggs?? Then I should try these cookies.These sounds simple and amazing, Lorelai. Wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy new year to you and your family.

  7. I loved it when my neighbor used to make these for her big Christmas party. I would go to her house and help her make all of her delicious cookies. This was one of my favorites.

  8. I love this cookie recipe. Whenever it is on a dessert table at a holiday party, it is the first cookie I go to. Just delightful! I found your recipe on the #HomeMattersParty!

  9. Cookies that look like snowballs are perfect for the holidays! I bet these are good with hot cocoa on the side. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the #HomeMattersParty this week. Merry Everything!

  10. Snowballs are my favorite cookie! My grandma’s recipe is a bit different. I’ve been trying to modify hers to make a good gluten-free version for my daughter. I did it a few years ago, but lost my notes! Someday she’ll be able to enjoy them too. #HomeMattersParty

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