Mexican wedding cookies or polvorones

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Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Polvorones

Recipe Yield

30 cookies

Cooking time

30 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.72 from 7 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening or double the butter
  • 1/2 cup pecans ground or finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar plus more for dusting
  • 1 egg

To Prepare

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a large cookie sheet.
  • In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, pulse the pecans until they are finely chopped. Add the powdered sugar, flour and salt, and pulse again. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula if necessary.
  • Drop in the butter and shortening chunks, and pulse a couple of times. Add the egg and pulse again, just until the mixture starts to come together. Roll the dough into 1- to 1 1/2″ balls with your hands.
  • Place the balls on the baking sheet, spacing them 1″ apart; give them a light pat on the top. Bake until the cookies are golden brown, about 15 minutes. You may need to bake two batches.
  • Generously, really super generously, dust extra confectioners’ sugar over the top of the cookies.

Comments

154comments inMexican Wedding Cookies

  1. Jessica

    Dec 18

    Hi Pati,

    Can you freeze the dough before baking?

    Thanks!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 26

      I don’t see why not Jessica, go for it 🙂

  2. Becky

    Dec 02

    Pati, Thank you for sharing this recipe! I grew up with Russian Tea Cookies but am looking forward to making Mexican Wedding Cookies for Christmas this year (2021).

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 28

      I hope you liked them Becky, un abrazo!

  3. Maria O. Perez

    Nov 22

    Thanks I needed this recipe for the holidays.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 28

      Hope you baked these cookies and loved them as much as I do, gracias Maria!

  4. Linda W.

    Nov 17

    My mother-in-law, Rose, always made these wonderful cookies every Christmas, & she was Bohemian & not Mexican! 😉

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 29

      Yep, this are loved by all 😉

  5. Linda Heil

    Nov 15

    These are amazingly good! Just made my first batch,they won’t be the last.

    Thanks for sharing😀.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 02

      My pleasure Linda, glad you liked these cookies 🙂

  6. Eloisa Martinez "Pinky"

    Nov 15

    Querida Pati,

    Nosotros le ponemos 1 cucharadita de esencia de vainilla a esta misma receta. Gracias por compartir tan esquisito repertorio de Tequilas y las deliciosas galletitas que en casa se comen como tomar agua. Feliz de ver tu programa y recibir tus recetas. No se me hizo ordenar tu libro antes que saliera al mercado, pero esta en mi lista para comprar y disfrutar de tus recetas. Mil gracias.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 28

      Gracias a ti Eloisa, que linda! Te mando un abrazo 🙂

  7. Jane Wilton

    Nov 12

    Love your site, very uncomplicated! Love your new show as well.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 29

      Gracias Jane, un abrazo!

  8. Blanca

    Nov 12

    You didn’t add any vanilla extract or almond extract???

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 28

      Not in this recipe Blanca 🙂

  9. Lupi Manterola

    Nov 11

    Gracias Pati,
    Las Mexican Wedding cookies son deliciosas, a todos en la familia les encantan. Tengo un file para tus Newsletters, y cuando necesito algo, busco ahi tus recetas. esto desde ya unos 5 años. Desde que te vi en PBS y te oi hablar, supe que eras de la Ciudad de Mexico. Yo también aunque soy bastante mayor que tu.
    PS. yo también iba a La Gran Via !!! en la calle de Amsterdam.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 28

      Gracias Lupi que amable eres. La Gran Via lo maximo!!!!

  10. Bethy

    Nov 10

    Hi, Pati!

    I just got all the ingredients to make these wonderful cookies, and can’t wait to make ’em.

    Just wanted to say a BIG Thank You to you for your beautiful docuseries, La Frontera. I laughed in parts, cried in parts and learned so very much from you and everyone who took part in the making of it.

    Most of all, your series gave me hope. The beautiful people you featured in the program will stay with me forever.

    Bless you for all you share with us all, Pati.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 29

      Thanks so much for your super kind words Bethy, they mean a lot to me. Un abrazo grande!

  11. Gloria

    Nov 10

    We have been making these cookies for years. Like it’s name, we serve these at weddings. Also make during Christmas. I will try your recipe this year.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 29

      Thanks Gloria, hope you guys liked them!

  12. Bob Warner

    Nov 10

    Dear Pati,

    I love your TV shows, your books and your recipes! My mom taught me how to make these wonderful cookies when I was a child so they hold a special place in my heart (and in my stomach)! My mom sometimes made a small, but tasty addition to these cookies, she would put a small indention, a thumb print, in the top of each cookie so they could be topped with a dap of Knott’s Boysenberry jam! So delicious with or without the jam. One of my all time favorite cookies!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 29

      Yay Bob, what a great idea to make these jam thumbprints 🙂

  13. Alexis

    Nov 09

    Are these like the cookies we call Russian tea cakes?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 02

      Very similar Alexis 🙂

  14. Virginia Luevano

    Nov 09

    Thank you for this recipe. I have been wanting to make these cookies for quite sometime. They will be fantastic for Christmas.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 02

      I hope you baked these and enjoyed them Virginia 🙂

  15. Susana S.

    Nov 09

    I always get asked to make these for Christmas. I follow a different recipe however I will try yours this time.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 03

      Hope you and your family liked this recipe Susana!

  16. Martha Barajas Rodriguez

    Nov 09

    Muchas gracias, Paty, no sabes cuanto te lo agradezco. Me encantan tus recetas, al igual que tus programas, casi nunca me los pierdo y quiero que sepas que no me canso de mirarlos, aunque ya los haya visto. Deseo que pases unas felices fiestas de fin de año, en compañía de toda tu familia. Hasta muy pronto, asi espero.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 03

      Muchas gracias a ti Martha, te mando un abrazo y lo mejor para el 2022 🙂

  17. one-of-many-gustafsons

    Nov 09

    Just like my Grandmother’s (straight from Sweden) ‘powdered sugar almond cookies’ (that’s what we called them). I think they are more properly called “heirloom cookies”. She would make them with either pecans or almonds, but almonds were better (she would add almond extract into the dough regardless of which nuts she had). They were always out on the table from Dec 1 to Christmas. One of the things I will never forget; maybe that’s why I enjoy following you.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 03

      Thanks so much! Love to read that this recipe brought back nice memories, un abrazo!

  18. Leslie

    Nov 09

    These look delicious. I’m going to try the with walnuts rather than pecans. I’m just not a fan of pecans.
    Are there any reasons to not use walnuts?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 04

      I think pecans will be great too, enjoy the cookies Leslie 🙂

  19. Mike

    Nov 09

    OUTSTANDING recipe difficult to wait for them to cool

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 02

      Agree, hahaha, thanks Mike 🙂

  20. Greg

    Nov 09

    Really Good

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 03

      Yay!

  21. MaryAnne & Pat, from Tucson

    Nov 09

    Thank you for sharing your recipes. Your book is on my Christmas wish list 😀. My husband and I were talking a fe months back and we asked each other, “which food tv Chef would we want to cook with”. We both joyfully said Pati! We love the joy you and your team put forth in all your shows. I’m excited to venture out and see your newest adventures. Felix Navidad to you and your family ❤️

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 04

      Thanks so much you guys for such a lovely comment! I hope you had a great Christmas Season 🙂

  22. notjustamizfit

    Apr 15

    I make these for Christmas and Easter!!! I add ground cinnamon to the powered sugar when baking at Christmas time, My family and friends love them!! Thanks Pati!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 30

      My pleasure, so glad these are a hit among your loved ones 😉

    2. Mary

      Dec 19

      I live in NM. These are common here as wedding sweets and at Christmas. Here women either leave them unspiced, or add anise seed or its extract. Always wondered how brides and moms/mother in laws dressed in their finest, manage to eat cookies piles high with loose powdered sugar. 😉

      1. Pati Jinich

        Dec 26

        Hahaha, fun thought!

  23. Zöe

    Feb 20

    “Two batches?” … we call that “a good start!”

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 07

      Haha, me too!

  24. Cody

    Dec 24

    I only have a hand mixer. Will that be ok?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 06

      It works Cody, go for it and have fun!

  25. Stephanie

    Dec 23

    Hi, Pati! Would preparing the dough beforehand, and refrigerating it to bake-off later, change the texture of the cookie? Is it recommended? Love your show!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 24

      It is OK to make the dough in advance Stephanie, just try not to keep it in the fridge for more than 2-3 days, good luck!

  26. Alejandra

    Dec 22

    I don’t have a food processor large enough to make this recipe. I have a kitchen aid mixer and hand beater. Which one will work best? Thanks!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 24

      Go with the kitchen aid with the dough mixer Alejandra 😉

  27. Kathy

    Dec 22

    They are fantastic ! I went with all butter. I will be making these every year ! Merry Christmas Pati !

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 24

      So glad you liked them Kathy, Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones too!

  28. Sally

    Dec 22

    So you really need to butter the cookie sheet with all the butter in the cookies. I’ve made other versions (plan on trying yours) and have never buttered the cookie sheet.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 24

      You can use some parchment paper on the cookie sheet if you prefer Sally 😉

  29. Jessica

    Dec 20

    Can they be made without a food processor if you’re don’t have one?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Sure Jessica, just chop the nuts by hand and use a dough cutter to knead the dough. Have fun!

  30. Shannon

    Dec 20

    I made these this morning after Pati posted in Instagram. Growning up, my brothers and I would leave these cookies out for Santa every year. So, we called them Santa Cookies. Wonderful recipe, easy to follow and 100% delicious. Recipe saved and will enjoy again.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      So glad you liked them Shannon, I hope Santa approves as well 😉

  31. Geen

    Dec 20

    Yum! I remember my grandma making these when I was little,I will try to make them for her for Christmas and hope they come out good! I don’t remember her using egg, can that be possible? It needs a binding…

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Hey Geen, so glad this recipe brings back memories of your grandma 😉 I’ve heard of some recipes that do not include the egg, you may leave it out if you prefer!

  32. Rosario

    Dec 20

    Instead of rolling them in powdered sugar I’ have rolled them in a sugar and cinnamon mixture. Also very good

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Great idea Rosario, yummy!

  33. Janice

    Dec 20

    You use an Egg? I have never seen this recipe using an egg. I thought that was the beauty of these cookies.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      You can leave the egg out if you prefer Janice 😉

  34. Mary

    Dec 19

    Are these also called sandies

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      I’ve hear many names for them like half moons, snowballs, pecan kisses and I guess now sandies Mary 🙂

  35. Jennifer

    Dec 19

    We called these Russian Tea cookies and used walnuts instead of pecans. A family favorite for the holidays. Feliz Navidad!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Feliz Navidad and the best for the 2021 Jennifer!

  36. Jennifer Otting

    Dec 19

    We called these Russian Tea cookies and used walnuts instead of pecans. One of my favorites!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Yum! I know there are many versions of this cookie, I hope you give mine a try Jennifer!

  37. Susan Diaz

    Dec 19

    I really really want to make these cookies. But,I don’t have a food processor. Can I still make them without it?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Of course Susan, you can chop the pecans by hand and then mix the dough using your hands as well or a using a dough cutter, good luck!

      1. Gracie K

        Dec 22

        Awesome. This was the question I had. 💖

  38. Maryrendon

    Dec 19

    Hola Pati me gusta como cocinas espero pases Feliz Navidad y Año Nuevo un abrazo Navideño saludos

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Muchisimas gracias Mary, igualmente para ti y tu familia, un abrazo!

  39. Cindy vice

    Dec 19

    Could you make these with Mexican dark chocolate then add a pinch of cayenne? Or would bring them into the realm Mexican hot chocolate cookies

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Yes Cindy, give them your own twist and enjoy!

  40. Denise

    Dec 19

    This is my husband’s all-time favorite cookie to make at Christmas time. Didn’t know this was the name for them – his mom always called them “Butter Balls.” 😀

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Yay, enjoy them! My best to you and your husband Denise 😉

  41. S. Clausen

    Dec 18

    Do you have a recipe for polvorones de canela ? (They melt in your mouth. )

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      If you want a yummy cinnamon cookie, I have these piggies for you, enjoy! https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/piggies-cinnamon-and-piloncillo-cookies/

  42. Brenda

    Oct 29

    Can I use finely chopped pistachios I don’t have pecans

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 03

      I am sure the cookies will be delicious if you use pistachios, but the traditional Mexican Wedding Cookies go with pecans Brenda 😉

  43. Ana hoeree

    Feb 26

    Hi Patti, como cocinas tan, tan Rico..!!…yo soy peruana I admire mucho tu Cocina mexicana I la variedad de chilies que usas…!!! Kudos to you. !!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 26

      Muchas gracias Ana, un abrazo 😉

  44. Carlos

    Jan 07

    Hola Pati! Greetings from Tokyo!
    I was craving “polvorones” (my favorite childhood cookies) and found your recipe online. Baked them over this past Christmas holidays and they helped bring the holiday spirit home. The kids had fun helping prepare the ingredients, and friends and family loved the cookies!
    El sabor de la pastelería mexicana a llegado Japon! Mil gracias!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 07

      Oh I’m so glad they helped you bring home the holiday spirit, Carlos!

  45. Diane

    Dec 08

    I had never heard of Mexican Wedding Cookies either until I moved to California. But my mother made the exact same recipe and rolled them into little “cocoons” and that’s what they were called. She was from the southern part of the United States.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 10

      Love that name. Thanks for sharing, Diane.

  46. Mike

    Dec 07

    ¡Hola Pati! So, do I measure 1/2 cup whole pecans and then chop; or chop the pecans up and measure a 1/2 cup?

    Thank you,
    Mike

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 08

      Hi Mike! You chope the pecans first and then measure 1/2 cup. You will want 1/2 a cup of grounded or finely chopped pecans.

  47. yvonne

    Mar 05

    do I really need the shortening, or can i use all butter?

    1. Pati

      Mar 05

      You can use all butter as well, Yvonne. Enjoy!

  48. Josefina Acevedo

    Jan 27

    Hola!!! Me encanta como cocinas pero me gustaría que tus recetas también las escribieras en español. La verdad no entiendo muy bien el inglés! ☹️ Gracias! Y Felicidades por todas tus creaciones!

    1. Pati

      Feb 06

  49. Natalie Rico

    Dec 24

    Pati thank you for your recipe! I’m making these especially for my mom. These are her favorite cookies! I finished baking 25 dozen last night now one more batch just for my mom! Thanks again!

    1. Pati

      Dec 26

      Say hi to your mom for me Natalie!

  50. Lourdes

    Dec 17

    Hi Pati… This will be the first time i bake cookies..:) i ve have a question . i have read other recipes and they add vanilla to the batter. Im just wondering if i should add vanilla or not?:-/

    1. Pati

      Dec 18

      I like to make mine without vanilla…but you can always adapt the recipe to your taste, Lourdes. Enjoy!

  51. Yolanda Roberts

    Dec 08

    I use to make them at Christmas for many years to give to family. But I stopped for a few years to make my rice krispie teddy bears ( a crowd pleaser) I made the cookies last year but they never made it out of the house! They were eaten up.😊💕

    1. Pati

      Dec 10

      Hahaha…yes there aren’t too many leftovers ever in my house either, Yolanda.

  52. Kathy Saucedo

    Dec 07

    My daughters favorite cookie! Im going to try your version! 💞

    1. Pati

      Dec 10

      Say hi to your daughter for me, Kathy…and I hope you both love the cookies.

  53. Donna Alberding

    Dec 07

    They’re better if you just use butter. Love you Pati! I’ve been making these every Christmas for 40 years or more. We started calling them Russian tea cakes because my family was from Russia/Poland area. They made them there. Now that I have a grandson, to make it easy, I just call them Snow Balls. There’s nothing better at least to me and my family. Now my Grandson William helps me roll them out. He’s 7.

    1. Pati

      Dec 10

      Oh say hi to William for me, Donna! And thanks for sharing all of your names for them.

  54. Bee Mach

    Mar 01

    I have a question. Do you weigh your flour? If not then I won’t weigh it.

    1. Pati

      Mar 02

      Oh I just use a measuring cup.

  55. Annette Mccaslin

    Mar 01

    I am so happy to find this recipe for these wedding cakes. When I was in high school we made them in our home economics class. I love them and lost my original recipe. Going to the store tomorrow to get the ingredient that I don’t already have so I can make some.

    1. Pati

      Mar 01

      That’s awesome that you made them in high school. I hope you enjoy this recipe, Annette!

  56. Sweet Sue

    Jan 12

    My favorite cookie. The sweetness is just right. Love your show, glad l found it.

    1. Pati

      Jan 15

      I’m so happy you found the show too!

  57. Rosa Maria

    Dec 21

    I followed this recipe exactly. I thought the amount of sugar to two cups flour seemed like a mic match and it was. Recipe needs adjusting

    1. Pati

      Dec 22

      I’m sorry you didn’t like it Rosa Maria.

  58. Sami Suarez

    Dec 17

    I had to use a hand mixer and made a mess, but the turned out wonderfully! I’m so glad I found this recipe!

    1. Pati

      Dec 18

      I’m so glad you found it too, Sami!

  59. R. Smith

    Dec 17

    Always delicious! These are powdery and don’t harden like the recipe I use to have. Me encantan! Se los mandó a mis suegros .

    1. Pati

      Dec 18

      Super!

  60. Adelina ibarra

    Dec 15

    Deverias de hacer un video

    1. Pati

      Dec 29

      Ok!

  61. Janie Dukes

    Dec 14

    Can you leave out the nuts my granddaughter is allergic to nuts

    1. Pati

      Dec 22

      You can! Also I have an orange Mexican wedding cookie recipe in my first cookbook…https://www.amazon.com/Patis-Mexican-Table-Secrets-Cooking/dp/0547636474

  62. Dania Parsons

    Dec 14

    Hi Patty, can I make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate for later.? Love your show!

    1. Pati

      Dec 21

      The cookies will actually keep for a couple weeks covered in your kitchen…and they will keep even longer if you store them tightly in plastic bags (with no air inside) in the freezer, just thaw them a day ahead. So you can just make the cookies all the way through ahead of time.

  63. Maryfer

    Dec 14

    Que es vegetable shortening?

    1. Pati

      Dec 29

      Es un sustituto de la grasa vegetal para la manteca de cerdo, pero puedes usar mantequilla o manteca de cerdo.

  64. Susana Torres

    Dec 14

    I love those cookies, we call them las galletas de tata chema. Me hiciste recordar a mi abuelito (tata) he used to bake those cookies for us all the time, I will make them for this Xmas to remember him and those magical times together.

    1. Pati

      Dec 14

      What a beautiful memory, Susana, thank you for sharing!

  65. Rhonda

    Dec 14

    I don’t have shortening, I have lard. Can I substitute or should I double the butter?

    1. Pati

      Dec 21

      I would double the butter 🙂

  66. Tatiana

    Dec 14

    Hello Pati, what’s the difference between confectioners sugar and powdered sugar?

    1. Pati

      Dec 14

      They are the same 🙂

    2. Mary

      Dec 19

      The powdered sugar you buy at the store has some cornstarch in it. If you make your own with food processor, no corn starch, but they’re both just as soft and fine. Interchangeable.

      1. Pati Jinich

        Dec 26

        Great idea, thanks Mary!

  67. Marisela

    Dec 13

    All of your recipes are AMAZING! Can’t wait to try this one! Thanks for making cooking mexican food fun again!

    1. Pati

      Dec 14

      Oh thank YOU Marisela!

  68. Maria

    Dec 13

    Recipe says drop in butter and shortening chunks, is it 1/2 cup each or did that mean butter OR shortening chunks?

    1. Pati

      Dec 21

      It is 1/2 cup of shortening and 1/2 cup of butter. Or if you don’t have shortening, you can use 1 cup of butter.

  69. Terry Lezala

    Dec 13

    Sometimes we put lime zest in them. The kids at my girls school love them!

    1. Pati

      Dec 13

      Oh that is a delicious addition to them!

  70. Betsy Sloan

    Dec 13

    Sarai, if you don’t have a food processor, put the nuts in a bag and pound with a rolling pin. Works perfectly.

    1. Pati

      Dec 13

      Oh yes, that will absolutely work! (and it’s so much fun, especially for kids 🙂 )

  71. Veronica Avila

    Dec 13

    I love that you posted this! I grew up calling these bischochos or bischochitos, but yes… we had them at every wedding.

    1. Pati

      Dec 13

      Thank YOU Veronica!

  72. Concepcion

    Dec 13

    I love you show!! Come to LA!! 💕🙌🏾

    1. Pati

      Dec 13

  73. Sarai

    Sep 13

    What if I don’t have a food processor? What can I use?

    1. Pati

      Sep 20

      You can use a blender…or you can chop and mix by hand.

  74. Pati

    Feb 08

    I also call them polvorones.

    1. Ruth de Texas

      Dec 13

      Love polvorones. Will try this tonight. Gracias Pati!!

      1. Pati

        Dec 13

        Yay!

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