Photo: Quentin Bacon
Prep and Cook
about 45 minutes
Makes about 28 cookies

Every dessert tastes better when it's rolled in powdered sugar, and this easy cookie recipe is no exception. Peek in your pantry to find all the ingredients you'll need.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and the vanilla until smooth.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, mix flour and baking powder. Add to butter mixture and beat on low speed to mix, then on medium speed until well blended. Stir in pecans.

Step 3

Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place about 1 inch apart on buttered or cooking parchment-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.

Step 4

Bake in a 300° regular or convection oven until cookies are pale golden brown, about 25 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking. Let cookies stand on sheets until cool enough to handle.

Step 5

Place remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Gently turn warm cookies, a few at a time, in powdered sugar to coat. Set cookies on racks to cool completely.

Chef's Notes

You can store these cookies airtight for up to 3 days.

Ratings & Reviews

Starstruck64's Review

November 04, 2012
I've been making these for years as my mother did and her mother did. We have made them with every type of nut and into crescent shapes and balls. I call them Snowballs. My fave is with pecans shaped into balls. Call them whatever you want. Obviously they are well loved and special to each person who has posted here, no matter what they are called. BTW, I shape mine into balls and refrigerate a little bit before baking so that they don't flatten. Easier than chilling dough and then trying to make little balls with a firm dough. CAN'T WAIT TO START THE HOLIDAY BAKING!!!

dtd4142's Review

November 29, 2013
Those of you who criticize reviewers for adding or changing ingredients - just get over it. I love to read how others modify the recipes. It's why I go to this site.

Red65Rain's Review

November 04, 2012
These are definitely called Mexican Wedding Cookies and are usually shaped into crescents. I've used crushed almonds, pecans or walnuts, depending on what I have. IMO, the almonds add more taste! Re the baking powder...I grew sick of throwing away supermarket baking powder as it goes bad so quickly. Finally bought online Bakewell baking powder and now I won't be without it. It's non-aluminum and it STAYS fresh! Cooks in the northeast have been using it for decades and I see why!

Pecan balls ,wedding cookies, snow balls etc. They go by many names.

November 10, 2018
I have been making different versions of these cookies for many years (+-50). Some have nuts , some have chocolate morsels and some have chopped fruit. They are like any other cookie, mix and match , they are still good to eat.

betherino1824's Review

November 04, 2012
We have made these delightful cookies for years...calling them both Mexican Wedding Cakes and Russian Tea Cakes...but whatever you want to name them is fine...just make them and enjoy!!

pauport's Review

December 14, 2010
These remind me of one of my childhood favorites-the sand tart.I served these at a dinner party. People really enjoyed them and I had request for recipe. I did not alter recipe. I did a pork loin with cranberries as my main course.

BostonPeng's Review

February 26, 2012
Damn. Now I see about the baking powder. When I was at the store a month ago I didn't pick up any baking powder since the date on the can was a couple of months away. Oh well, we'll have pecan cookies. I guess I need to do more baking, eh?

annmo59's Review

November 04, 2012

jweiss9479's Review

November 04, 2012

bonibutn's Review

November 23, 2010
Easy to make, great appearance. Bet it takes great! Great item for a gift.