In Juarez, Mexico, weddings often involve elaborate sit-down dinners, and preparations for these meals can get frantic. These traditional wedding cookies keep well, though, and can be prepared, calmly, days in advance.

Mexican Wedding Cookies Mexican Wedding Cookies
These traditional wedding cookies can be prepared, calmly, days in advance of the big day.
Yield: makes 2 DOZEN


  • 14 lb. butter
  • 2 tbsp. confectioners' sugar
  • 12 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely ground walnuts or pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Beat for 1–2 minutes. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in nuts.
  2. Shape dough into 1″ balls, using about 1 tbsp. of dough for each. Place 1″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes, turning sheet so that cookies bake lightly and evenly. Transfer to a rack, allow to cool, and roll in confectioners’ sugar.