Rosalie’s Mexican Wedding Cookies


These devilishly divine cookies were a favorite around my Grandmother’s Christmas table. I was lucky enough to inherit many of her recipes written by hand, to make for later generations. One of my friends asked me, “Why are these called Mexican Wedding Cookies?” I don’t know the origins but, in my opinion, the name is fitting because they’re SO good you’ll likely receive a marriage proposal from your love if they try one. Yield: About 30 Cookies

I sent three dozen of these cookies to three different bloggers as part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. In return I received a dozen cookies from three other bloggers. Can I just tell you how fantastic it is to receive surprise cookies in the mail? Super exciting! I received the following amazing cookies: Corn Cookies from My Fiance Likes it so it Must Be Good, Coconut Thumbprint Cookies from AzucarMeansSugar, and Peppermint Crunch Oatmeal Cookies from Rainy Day in May. Visit their sites and check them out. Such good stuff, seriously.

    1 Cup Butter, Room temperature
    1 Cup Powdered (Confectioners) Sugar, sifted and divided
    1/2 Tsp Vanilla
    1 3/4 Cups Flour, sifted
    1/2 Cup Pecans, finely ground

    The original recipe in my Grandmother's handwriting.

    1. Cream together Butter and 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar with an electric mixer. Add Vanilla, Flour (gradually in small increments) and mix thoroughly. Add Pecans and mix to combine.
    2. Place dough in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes to an hour (cover with plastic to keep a tough film from forming on the top of dough).
    3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
    4. Remove dough from fridge in batches, rolling into walnut sized balls (or mold into small fingers). Place balls on the parchment paper about an inch or two apart. Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes.
    5. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. When cookies are still a little warm, roll in the remaining 1/2 Cup powdered sugar. Serve warm or cool. Enjoy!

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    18 Replies to “Rosalie’s Mexican Wedding Cookies”

      1. I feel really lucky to have some of her recipes written by her hand. In the event of a fire, that is what I would take- The Queen and my grandmother’s recipes.

    1. I made Martha Stewarts version this year, obviously Rosalie’s would have been better! I’m so happy to have her recipe now, wish I got to meet her

    2. Wow… I love that you used a recipe that belonged to your grandmother and that you showed the recipe card here. Maybe I’m feeling sentimental but touching, TRULY touching…
      And they sound AMAZING!

    3. Thank you so much for these cookies, they were delicious! It’s so sweet of you to share your grandmother’s recipe with us, especially the handwritten version of it. Handwriting is really becoming a lost art these days, but something simple like a written recipe can bring back so many memories.

      1. Hi Sylvia, I’m so happy you enjoyed them! They’re particularly good right out of the oven immediately after they’re rolled in the sugar, but it is hard to maintain that warmth in the mail. 🙂

        Isn’t handwriting such a beautiful thing to see sometimes? Mine has become increasingly messy over the years as I’ve become so accustomed to typing. But I do write handwritten cards and letters to friends on a regular basis, and with my other Granny who is still living.

        The tangible, written word is so important, and a hand written recipe is even better!

    4. One lovely thing about not blogging for the holidays–on purpose–is that I have a chance to catch up on some other blogs!

      These look delicious. I’ve lost my recipe so will use yours/your grandmother’s. What I like about these cookies is that they are fun, and easy, for children to make.

      Thank you so much and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!


      1. Hi Catherine, I’m so happy this recipe can replace the one you lost.
        And they are so simple!

        Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    5. Thanks for the cookies, Jes! They’re perfect with tea/coffee and that’s most needed right now that it’s pouring rain in San Diego. I love that you have the original handwritten recipe. Not only are handwritten things becoming more and more rare, but I’ve noticed that the graceful cursive that your grandmother used is even more rare. My cursive looks like a fourth-grader’s… which was the last time I tried to write in proper handwriting outside of my signature. I mourn both… it’s great to receive a handwritten note, but nowadays, that’s hard to come by. It’s also hard to do the writing, so I guess I can’t complain too much. 😉 Thanks, again!

      1. Hi Marie, I’m so happy you’re enjoying the cookies in not-so-sunny at the moment Southern California. It is sunny here in Kentucky but COLD! My cursive handwriting, too, looks like a fourth graders. I learned it and promptly returned to printing everything, no cursive. Penmanship is certainly a lost art. Take care down south where the sun will soon be shining! 🙂

    6. I bought a bag of powdered sugar yesterday and didn’t even need it, but now that you’ve posted your grandmother Rosalie’s Mexican wedding cookies, I just turned on the oven to bake them and use up all that sugar! Thanks Jes

    7. First, I must say these cookies are wonderful!!!! Secondly, how awesome is it that you have your Grandmother’s recipe in her own handwriting. Such a treasure!!

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