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Mexican wedding cookies

When my brother and his new wife were married at our home this summer, our Mom brought Mexican wedding cookies. Every year they also appear at Christmas. They’re a lovely, buttery little cookie, tasting of toasty walnuts and covered with a dusting of white. They look like a snowball rolled downhill to me and seem so right on a plate of holiday cookies. But, somebody named them first, so Mexican wedding cookies they are.

We’ve had a busy four or five days. We’d feasted on Thanksgiving with fifteen around our table. Friday we finished cleaning up after the feast and then briefly braved the crowds. Saturday, after pulling boxes and boxes from the attic, our Christmas tree was lit and dressed with ornaments collected over years. Sunday, we had family for breakfast before they headed out of town. With no precise plan for the rest of the day, a little slow and easy pre-holiday baking sounded more restful than a nap.

I’d made this snowy little confection recently as part of a cookie platter we took to a party. I do remember pulling the recipe card from its sleeve inside a large binder, but its space was now vacant. I looked in files I keep near by desk, files filled with ideas to sample and recipes I intend to post. Not there. I looked in my cookbooks, thinking maybe I’d used the recipe card as a bookmark.  (Truth is: I looked in each of those places several times, disbelieving my eyesight the times before.) I looked in all kinds of unlikely places too, places I’m a bit embarrassed to confess. (Might I have left it in the laundry room on one of my many trips there? You never know.) But gradually it became clear: Mom’s recipe had gone missing.

Plan B: I’d seen a recipe for the same cookie in a special baking issue of Cook’s Illustrated and I’d wanted to sample it anyway. Thought I’d try it side-by-side my mom’s. The side-by-side would have to wait.

We’ve loved this cookie of mom’s. Trying to prepare myself for the possibility, I thought: No matter which recipe I end up using in the future, I’ll always associate this cookie with mom and the holidays. It will always be her cookie. Until yesterday, I had two unanswered questions: Can we improve upon perfection? and Why should we even try? I’ve explained the why part. Let me speak to improving upon perfection:

The Cook’s Illustrated  cookie is not overly sweet, but neither was my mom’s. And it has a wonderful texture. (Some I’ve tried are a bit dry and with no particular taste.  Again, not my mom’s.)  But where this version shone is in its walnut-ier taste and its supreme tenderness. (The secret: half of the two cups of these healthful nuts are ground, lending their good oil to the mix – and the other half are chopped, providing their softly nutty bite.)  Conclusion:

This cookie is one tender, melt-in-the-mouth, dribble-a little-powdery-sugar-on-your-sweater bite of deliciousness!

And yes, every once in a long while, we may need to update our notion of perfection.

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While enjoying  a cookie or two with a cup of tea, I combed through some cookbooks that had come down through my mom’s family, some of them from as far back as the early 1900’s. Some of the ingredients, wow! At least a couple dozen updates to “perfection” have to have taken place since then!

Mexican Wedding Cookies

(Makes about 4 dozen)

  • 2 cups (8 ounces) walnuts (or pecans)
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon table salt
  • 2 sticks (16 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup (2.5 ounces) superfine sugar (see NOTE on how to make your own)
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups (6 ounces) confectioners’ sugar (approximate) – for dusting

Adjust oven racks to upper-middle-and lower-middle positions. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or use silicon mats.

Using a food processor, grind 1 cup of walnuts to coarse cornmeal texture (10 to 15 seconds.) Transfer to medium bowl. Using either the food processor or chopping by hand, coarsely chop the remaining cup of nuts. (5 seconds in food processor.) Transfer to the same bowl and add the flour and salt.

In a large bowl, either using hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the butter and superfine sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract. With mixer on low, slowly add the flour-nut mixture until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape the bowl and beaters, then continue to beat on low speed until the dough is cohesive. (About 7 seconds.)

Working with one tablespoon at a time, press and roll dough together into balls and lay on prepared sheets, about 1 inch apart.

Bake cookies until pale gold and the bottoms are just beginning to brown, about 18 minutes, switching and rotating baking sheets halfway through the baking.

Allow cookies to cool on the cooking sheet for 10 minutes, then move to cooling rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

Using either a bowl or a paper bag filled with confectioners’ sugar, roll the cookies to coat. Just before serving, re-roll and gently shake off any excess.

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NOTE: To make your own superfine sugar, simply process 1 cup + 2 teaspoons white sugar in a food processor for 30 seconds. Yield:1 cup superfine sugar.

The advantage to using superfine sugar in some baked goods is how easily it dissolves; the superb tenderness; and the delicacy and/or crispness it imparts.

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169 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh Mama, I trust that recipe will show up somewhere. We do love them so. This Cooks’ recipe sounds like a good resource, though.
    I must say, the sight of those cookies in front of the Christmas lights has put me in the mood for Christmas like nothing else has this year. I’ve wanted to hunker down in the autumn and Thanksgiving place. But after this, Christmas might just start coming to our house sooner than I’d thought. Beautiful! Thank you again for the loving and lovely inspiration.

    November 28, 2011
  2. Those look fantastic. I’d use pecans, we always have them on hand. These go so fast at a buffet too, something about powdered sugar!

    November 28, 2011
  3. Yes please. I’ll have a a few…dozen. 😉

    Looks like an awesome recipe!

    November 28, 2011
  4. These are a tradition at our house for Christmas too. I think we use pecans though.

    November 28, 2011
    • I’ve heard this from a number of people. We’ve had them both ways and wouldn’t ever want to have to choose between the two, but walnuts I always have on hand.

      November 28, 2011
      • Alicia Hill #

        I think using pecans is more common in the south-east and walnuts in the north-east because people tend to use nuts that are grown locally more for recipes like this. My parents have a several big pecan trees in their front yard, so I always have plenty of pecans from them. Walnuts can be as high as $5 a bag here though. (And you can only find them in bags.)

        November 28, 2011
  5. Spree, these look scrumptious! I’ve put them on my list of must-bakes. Wonderful photos (as usual) and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!! 🙂

    November 28, 2011
    • Thanks so much Jacqueline!! : ) (Tell me how to make a happy face one day!)

      November 28, 2011
      • Try putting the colon and the bracket together without any space in the middle, and make sure there’s a space after it (and before it too if there are words that come before it) 🙂 I hope it works! (let me know how it goes!)

        November 28, 2011
        • Jacqueline! You gave me my smile! 🙂

          November 28, 2011
  6. These look very similar to “Russian tea cookies”, which I think are made with a pecan dough. Are they pretty much the same thing?

    November 28, 2011
    • Karl, many aliases for this cookie and, yes, Russian Tea Cookie is one. As far as I know, no culture refers to them as little snowballs which means a whole lot of folks are missing the obvious! A lot of recipes out there for this cookie of many names, but this is truly a great one!

      November 28, 2011
      • My Mom called hers “Russian Tea Cakes” and used Pecans, too. I have a recipe in a Mexican cookbook that calls for pecans or walnuts. I have one recipe card that calls them “Snowball Cookies,” and I think it is in my grandmother’s handwriting. They have always been a part of our Christmas cookie repertoire as they last a long time in a tightly closed container and taste better after a week.

        November 28, 2011
        • Ah, thanks for mentioning how well they keep! I store them airtight in a little bed of powdered sugar and they hold up so well. And freezing will keep them for months.

          November 28, 2011
      • Thanks for clearing that up. My grandmother (from Slovenia) made them crescent-shaped and as kids, we called them “false teeth cookies”. I like the round snowball shape better, but the taste is the same–delicious.

        November 29, 2011
        • I’m liking the “false teeth cookie”. 🙂

          November 29, 2011
  7. I can smell them through the computer screen. Thanks. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

    November 28, 2011
  8. I hate desert most days, but these cookies are some of my faves – up there with white pie and pumpkin dump cake.

    Great shots and nice site!

    November 28, 2011
  9. Yummy Now I want some…I have to try this recipe!

    November 28, 2011
  10. Wow! Totally distracted by the beautiful quilt under your cookies!

    November 28, 2011
    • Well, I can see why you would be. : )

      November 28, 2011
  11. Really good photos, and they look delicious!

    November 28, 2011
  12. Congrats on making Freshly Pressed! I’ve had these cookies before – they are delicious. As usual love your photos – Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Cookery for Two

    November 28, 2011
  13. pausagolosa #

    Thanks for the nice suggestion, nice receipe. I will try it

    November 28, 2011
  14. Beautiful photos! Will try the recipe too, something new to try here in the UK!

    November 28, 2011
  15. Yummmy 🙂
    I love cookies, please send me some 😉

    November 28, 2011
    • They’re in the mail…

      November 28, 2011
  16. Congrats on being freshly pressed! My fingers are crossed that you find your mom’s recipe… it will surely turn up somewhere, it always does:) These look delicious, but I shan’t make them until you repost with your mom’s:)

    November 28, 2011
    • : ) I just spoke with my mom. The recipes are very much the same, with only a couple minor variations. She uses salted butter. I bake with unsalted and add salt. Proportions were the same but in the recipe I posted today, half the total nuts were ground to allow for the nut oils to mix with the flour. It did make for an even more tender little cookie! And thanks for the congrats!

      November 28, 2011
  17. Dor #

    The Mexican Wedding Cookies look absolutely scrumptious and I’m definitely saving the recipe! What a delightful post!

    November 28, 2011
  18. Chad and Becca #

    beautiful photos! We call these Russian Tea Cakes in our family. I love how everyone has a different name!

    November 28, 2011
  19. I really like the photos! Great job! Have a great day,
    Anna

    November 28, 2011
  20. The cookies look yummy. And your photos are glamorous. Nice post!

    Val
    http://valentinedefrancis.wordpress.com

    November 28, 2011
  21. Those look so delicious!!! 🙂

    November 28, 2011
  22. I love that you started this post with a story about your holiday events. Really drew me in, and got me in the spirit to bake! Which is something I don’t do that often. Cooking, yes. Baking, no.

    My husband started a new job today and I was wondering what to make him as a surprise. Now I have the perfect idea! Thank you so much for the suggestion. Plus, the kids and I now have a fun afternoon activity (they love the food processor!).

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed — and thank you for all the tips included with your recipe. I never knew you could put powdered sugar on cookies with a paper bag. Love it. Again, kid-friendly. 🙂

    November 28, 2011
    • I so love to see people sharing kitchen time with their kids! Have such fun, and congratulations to your husband on his new job! 🙂

      November 28, 2011
      • Thank you! We made them, he loved them, it’s a great recipe. And it really did make 48 cookies. (I don’t know what I do when I bake, but I usually end up shortchanged.)

        The kids helped with everything, from using the hand mixer, to — their favorite — rolling the dough into little balls. And I gave them each a bag with powdered sugar in it for the final step — I have to give this a Kid Stamp of Approval.

        Yes, I just made that up. But your recipe is so deserving! And thank you for the congratulations for my husband. 🙂

        November 28, 2011
        • Thanks so much for letting me know. You just broke the record for fastest feedback on a recipe tried! Loved hearing back from you, “happy mom.”

          November 28, 2011
  23. Don #

    Such memories are tied to these “Little Snowballs”! Yaya coming to the house with plates full of these and others. But these were my personal fave. Love the way they bust in your mouth like a good shortbread and shower your taste buds with walnutty goodness.

    November 28, 2011
    • Oh you said it so well, Don!

      November 28, 2011
  24. I’ve never been to a Mexican wedding but those look delicious. Merci for sharing and for the recipe. I might try those when I get back home.

    November 28, 2011
  25. lachicadelasombrarosa #

    I love that you started this post with a story about your holiday events.The cookies look yummy. And your photos are glamorous. Nice post!Thank you again for the loving and lovely inspiration.

    November 28, 2011
  26. Make that Russian Tea Cakes…and yes, with pecans. Mom made hers at Christmas only, and they’ve always been my favorite…always remind me of her.
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    November 28, 2011
  27. These look really good, must give them a try sometime!

    November 28, 2011
  28. Mari Anna #

    Oh the photo!!
    It looks sumptuous !
    We call these snowballs

    November 28, 2011
    • You do MariAnna?!?! OH Yay! Finally someone knows to call them by their only “true” name!
      This is what they call them in Holland then? Lovely!

      November 28, 2011
  29. I’ve made these every year with pecans and have heard them referred to as Mexican wedding cookies, Russian tea cakes, and sand tarts (although with the latter label, they are usually the same recipe, only crescent shaped). In my family, we’ve started calling them crack balls, because we can’t stop eating them as if there is something as addicting as crack inside. It’s a bit vulgar I admit, but we do have a crazy sense of humor 🙂

    I usually make a box of 3 cookies every holiday for family, and these are ALWAYS requested. And this year I helped host a bridal shower tea party, so I made these with a hint of raspberry flavoring, then ground red sugar and mixed it in with the powdered sugar that I rolled these in. They came out delightfully light pink and overshadowed every other little delectable my sister and I had made. It made me think how else I could tweak the recipe throughout the year….cocoa crack balls anyone? 🙂

    Congrats on the FB! I love the pictures, too! Thanks for sharing!

    November 28, 2011
    • Love it!! Thanks for leaving such a great comment! I was just wondering this morning…. hmmm…I wonder how I’ll tweak these little beauties, give them a new twist, something new to write home about. I love your idea! And I know some pink-loving little girls who would too.

      November 28, 2011
  30. Yeah, the cookies are great but I’m mexican and we don’t eat them at weddings, we enjoy them all year ñ_ñ and i know a recipe where you can use sweetened condensed milk instead of sugar

    November 28, 2011
  31. growl* Those look delicious. Great photos, they appeal to my stomach right now !!

    November 28, 2011
  32. mmm…Russian Tea Cakes! My aunt makes these and they are amazing. My mom and I tried her recipe once and they were not the same – I think she’s holding back a secret. Ours were good but did like disintegrate like hers do! So now they are “her” cookie! I can’t wait for Christmas!

    November 28, 2011
  33. These look amazing! Well done. Can’t wait to make some!

    November 28, 2011
  34. Garrie Madison Stoutimore #

    Ahh…an old family favorite. We always called them Russian Tea Cakes, but what’s in a name, anyway? The mere thought of them puts me in my mother’s kitchen at Christmas time. Your images are delicious. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed- every WordPress blogger’s dream!

    November 28, 2011
    • Very little connects us with our family the same way food does, don’t you think? mmm, thank you so much for your comment!

      November 28, 2011
  35. Thank you for sharing! Sounds totally yummy – I’ll make them for Christmas party in Texas!

    November 28, 2011
    • I predict a hit! Have fun.

      November 28, 2011
  36. theleagueofelder #

    That’s a very different recipe for “pon de polvo” that I grew up with:

    2 sticks of butter
    1 cup four
    3/4 cup corn strach
    pinch of salt
    1/4 teaspoom cinamon

    Absolutely lovely.

    November 28, 2011
  37. Oh how I love these cookies! I call them Snowballs, and always use pecans. Such a wonderful treat! I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love ’em!

    November 28, 2011
  38. madisoncary #

    these photos make me hungry! can’t wait to try this recipe!

    November 28, 2011
  39. These look great! Will definitely have to give this a try 🙂 Its always a great feeling when you experiment with additional perfecting and it turns out good! Congrats on being freshly pressed!

    November 28, 2011
  40. What a great recipe (and gorgeous pics!). My roommate has tried to find an easy-to-make version of this cookie; I’ll have her give yours a go!

    -Dani

    November 28, 2011
  41. yum. Isn’t it funny how some recipes just bring so many memories with them? I have a recipe for Italian Creme Cake that I’ve always been afraid to make b/c it can’t possibly be as good as I remember it being. memories are funny like that. Good luck finding Mom’s version. I’m bad about using them as bookmarks…

    November 28, 2011
    • Oh, I hope you dare to make your Italian Creme Cake one day! (You’ve probably heard – “Feel the fear, but do it anyway.” I wouldn’t say that applies to all things, but regarding Italian Creme Cake, absolutely spot on advice!)

      November 28, 2011
  42. My family is Greek and we have a version as well. Now that you have me started I’ll have to look it up. We call them Kourabiedes (which doesn’t mean anything as far as I know) however I DO know this. My mom adds some cognac to the dough and pokes a clove in the middle of every one. I remember being a kid and loving the taste of the clove but being careful not to bite it cause it bites back! I wonder if these cookies started east and went west or the other way around…from Russia to Mexico and back!

    November 28, 2011
  43. My mom and I make these every Christmas and WE call them Snowball Cookies!! Your pictures are gorgeous!

    November 28, 2011
    • Another vote for Snowball Cookies!

      November 28, 2011
  44. JulieQ #

    I am mexican and been to weddings and never seen this given to the guests, lol. But we do LOVE them for Christmas… who am I kidding, we eat them all year round =)

    November 28, 2011
    • Do you CALL them Mexican wedding cookies? Well, I don’t suppose it matters, so long as you don’t wait for a wedding to eat them!

      November 28, 2011
      • JulieQ #

        I know them as walnut cookies. LOL. some people call them “galletas de novia” which translates as “Bridal cookies”. =)

        November 28, 2011
  45. thank you so much – i can’t tell you how many cook books I have purchased looking for this recipe. yay!

    November 28, 2011
  46. they look delicious!!

    November 28, 2011
  47. Super beautiful tribute to such a spectacular treat! we have made these wtht our mother and Nana since we are kids..and t is so nice to see them here! Gorgeous photos…beautiful post!
    Victoria

    November 28, 2011
  48. Yum! Such wonderful photos, too! Congrats on FP! 🙂

    November 28, 2011
  49. These pictures are great! And the cookies look delicious

    November 28, 2011
  50. hndbff1999 #

    Haha i love these! My mom makes em every year at Christmas! They are so delish!
    -Haleigh ❤ 🙂

    November 28, 2011
  51. mountain chicken #

    These are my favorite cookies. I also see ’em called Russian tea Cookies. Whatever they’re called, I looooooove them.

    November 28, 2011
  52. those Mexicans sure can cook! The cookies look devine.

    November 28, 2011
  53. The Pencil Pirouette #

    Great food photography skills!

    November 28, 2011
  54. Cave Story #

    Delicious looking food + nice lighting behind = great mood!

    November 28, 2011
  55. I loved your description of the cookies, especially the “dribble-a-little-powdery-suger on your sweater” kind of cookie. Such a great image as we delve into the plate of those wonderful little cookies.

    Ronnie

    November 28, 2011
  56. MJyummymunch #

    Wow! Those cookies look absolutely devine. I will try making them one day for sure! … First time on your blog and let me say it’s so beautifully presented and your photography is wonderful.

    -MJ-

    November 28, 2011
    • Nice of you to leave a comment. Thank you MJ!

      November 28, 2011
  57. I really have to make these this year. I always enjoy them at Christmas!

    November 28, 2011
  58. These are my favorite cookies! Your pictures are awesome!

    November 28, 2011
  59. This photography makes my heart swoon! This is a staple in my mother’s famous christmas cookie plates. Can’t wait to pop one in my mouth on Christmas day! MmmMmmMmm!!

    November 28, 2011
  60. I love this recipe! Definitely a must for The Holidays!!

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    http://www.booksforever1.wordpress.com

    November 28, 2011
  61. Thank you for a sweet story about a sweet cookie – although I have always called them Russian Tea Cakes – funny how we all have our own little traditions!

    November 28, 2011
  62. The Embellished Nest #

    These look delicious and your photography is amazingly beautiful!

    November 28, 2011
  63. Beautiful photography!

    November 28, 2011
  64. Oh my gosh, these are the exact cookies that my mom used to make and they were always my favorite. They just melt in your mouth and my mom also ground the nuts. This sure brings back memories of Christmas for me as a kid. Thank you and great post.

    November 28, 2011
    • They’re mouth-melters for sure! Happy to hear this evoked happy memories of Christmases for you. And thanks too for letting me know! 🙂

      November 28, 2011
  65. Oh my! These are definitely going on my “to bake” list!!

    November 28, 2011
  66. I’ve actually never heard of these. but they look delicious!

    November 28, 2011
  67. The images are very nice, the cookies may be nice too by the look of them.

    November 28, 2011
  68. Love it. Nice photos, too.

    November 28, 2011
  69. My family calls them Pecan Dainties and we usually make them for Christmas. I’ve also heard them called Russian Tea Cakes.

    November 28, 2011
  70. mysending #

    Gorgeous photos. Wonderfully evocative writing. Well-done, all around!

    November 28, 2011
  71. Yummo-liscous! We have a southern sorta recipe like this….

    However, your words and photographs make these a must have… I was browsing for holiday recipes on wp and came across your blog post. So, glad I did ❤

    November 28, 2011
    • Me too. Thanks for leaving a comment!

      November 28, 2011
  72. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed and I am going to make these cookies for Christmas with the family.

    November 28, 2011
  73. These look wonderful, and while my grandmother (Antonia) did not make these, I have always wanted to have my own family recipe for my favorite cookie. I might adopt this one. 🙂 I just found your beautiful blog on freshly pressed. I love it all. Thank you.

    November 28, 2011
  74. These look really awesome!
    Congrats on the freshly pressed

    November 28, 2011
  75. goldcoastlocal #

    congratulations on being “freshly pressed” its my first time on your blog and it was the beautiful photo that caught my eye.

    Your recipe looks delicious, I will have to try these.

    Thanks heaps RosieG

    November 29, 2011
  76. Sounds like I just found the new cookie to add to my Christmas collection! Thanks!
    Ever tried them with almonds, or macadamias (an Aussie fave)? I’m so tempted to try these with a few different varieties, or blends, of nuts.

    November 29, 2011
    • No, I haven’t tried with macadamia or almonds. My thinking is though that almonds wouldn’t work as well as pecans or walnuts, both of which have a higher oil content that makes these cookies so tender. Macadamia – I love them but again, not sure about the oil content. Please let me know if you try though!

      November 29, 2011
  77. Oh dear, these look amazing!! My mouth is open now… and the pictures are so lovely! Thanks for sharing!

    November 29, 2011
  78. Sounds and looks Yum!

    Thanks for the recipe I think I’ll try it out sometime.

    November 29, 2011
  79. WAW… this is look like my fave snacks ^_^

    we called it: MOCI

    it’s traditional Indonesian cookies, hehehe….

    November 29, 2011
  80. This looks delicious! Even though my dessert-cooking skills are lacking, I need to try this for the Holidays…

    November 29, 2011
  81. The different is:
    MOCI not baked only steamed

    N

    Congratz on being Freshly Pressed 😀

    November 29, 2011
  82. Yummy looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

    November 29, 2011
  83. This was wonderful to read, these cookies were one of the ones my mother always made for Christmas too. They are one of my favorites. After reading this I think I will get out her recipe and give it a try (might try your new recipe too). Brings back great memories…Thanks.

    November 29, 2011
  84. these cookies look really good… i’m gonna try making them this Christmas. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

    November 29, 2011
  85. Carlie Chew #

    Mmmm I love Mexican wedding cookies. Thank you for sharing. Your pictures are beautiful too!

    November 29, 2011
  86. Congratulations on being freshly pressed! You always have great recipes!

    November 29, 2011
  87. Really beautiful post with wonderful images. I make a similar recipe but with almonds and nutmeg. I must try yours, lovely.

    November 29, 2011
  88. Those look great. My grandmother made something similar but it wasn’t called that. I’ll have to try it!

    November 29, 2011
  89. Wow! I’ve never heard of these. They’re beautiful…and look delicious!
    Every day’s a school day, eh?!

    November 29, 2011
  90. My mom made these growing up, just looking at them make me excited for Christmas! Thanks for posting!

    November 29, 2011
  91. Yum yum…can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend!

    November 29, 2011
  92. Yum! These remind me of Christmas with my grandma. I’ll have to try this recipe out this year. I adore your photos of these tasty treats. Excellent post!

    November 29, 2011
  93. Thank you thank you thank you! Your post reminded me that I’ve been meaning to try these.

    November 29, 2011
  94. Thank you for reminding me that these exist. I will add them to our list of christmas cookies to make this year. Your imagery is beautiful.

    November 29, 2011
  95. looks yummy and very festive!

    November 29, 2011
  96. I love,love, love making these cookies

    November 29, 2011
  97. I’ve had them before but never even considered trying to make them myself. Thank you for posting this recipe and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    November 29, 2011
  98. deb #

    Oh, how I would love to be sitting at that table, having (many) cookies and a chai tea in front of your Christmas tree!! That’s how your artistic abilities affect me :-):-)

    November 29, 2011
  99. This is a wonderful recipe! It’s almost identical to one I’ve used – with the notable exception of superfine sugar. I’ve always used standard confectioners sugar whipped into the butter and about 1 1/2 tablespoons less flour and 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. I will definitely be trying this version soon! It is also quite the delicacy when almonds or macadamia nuts are substituted for walnuts or pecans. Great post and congrats on being freshly pressed!

    November 29, 2011
  100. Pro-tip: try using black walnuts mixed with regular. the cookie packs a totally different punch. Num num.

    November 29, 2011
  101. Looks and sounds a-ma-zing! Will be trying that out this weekend! Thanks!

    November 30, 2011
  102. I’ve always wanted to try these and yours look delicious. I love all of your photos too!

    November 30, 2011
  103. Thanks for the share of theses easy cookin lovely lookin cookies. I may consider giving it a shot, but they kid of remind me of powered donut munchkins!

    November 30, 2011
  104. These are my favorite Christmas cookies of all time. Must make a batch this year to share. Great photos..

    November 30, 2011
  105. Love the story behind these… and the use of the superfine sugar! I’ll have to sub that in when I make them this season.

    November 30, 2011
  106. These will make wonderful Snowballs at my Christmas party this year! Thank you so much!

    December 1, 2011
  107. Krista Oswald #

    Hi Antoinette, I unfortunately don’t know you as well as I feel I should, but I LOVE your daughter Ali & her expanding family, and I am so thrilled for you and your bursting at the seams blog! I adore all of your posts, and am currently getting ingredients out to make the Mexican Wedding cookies with my daughter, Chloe to bring to a Duck game with friends tomorrow. Go Ducks & Go YOU !!

    December 1, 2011
    • Krista, I was so delighted to hear from you! Ali speaks so often about you (and your family) and how much fun you all have together. I WISH I knew you better and maybe one happy day I will! Thanks so much for your comments on my blog – my heart is full! And Go Ducks!!! 🙂

      December 1, 2011
  108. poprice #

    The cookies sound wonderful and I love your photos.

    December 2, 2011
  109. Hey your images are fab! Especially the lights in the background. Seem to light up the whole image. Do drop by my blog sometime, I just did it first ever dessert recipe post and I’d love to know what you think.

    December 2, 2011
  110. pascquejtaime #

    WOW ! Those looks extremely tasty! Mom is doing a big Christmas party with friends, neighbors, colleagues, and she wants it to be perfect! I might suggest her those cute cookie balls! Btw I really love your pictures (:

    December 2, 2011
  111. i want to eat these cookies. where can i get these kind of cookies….

    🙂

    December 4, 2011
  112. acefaceace #

    Reblogged this on So Many Places to Call Home and commented:
    I am so looking forward to giving these I try when I get home- I thought you guys might be interested in them too.
    I’ll let you know how it goes.

    December 5, 2011
  113. lookingback #

    I’ve been making these cookies during the holidays for years. I’ve always called them Butterballs tho… Yum!

    December 7, 2011
  114. Your photographs equally dazzle and comfort. Sigh.

    December 13, 2011
  115. Delightful and beautifully seen pictures. Lovely post.

    December 14, 2011
  116. My Italian family makes these exact cookies except with almonds and almond extract instead of walnuts- I agree, they’re to die for!

    December 16, 2011
  117. Thanks for the recipe! It looks really delicious. Can’t wait to share this recipe with our brides from the wedding registry!

    December 19, 2011
  118. Heya just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a
    few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not
    sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same outcome.

    December 12, 2012
    • I appreciate so much your comment Marla. I’m not sure what to think. (This sort of thing has sometimes happened on my iPad, but I’m checking right now on my computer and all images are loading properly.) Sorry you experienced a bump here! And again, very thoughtful of you to let me know!

      December 12, 2012
  119. vickie #

    We call these snowball cookies & they are awesome…make them every Christmas! Think i’m gonna make them for Easter this year 🙂

    March 26, 2013
    • What a lovely idea that is! Somehow they seem quite right for Easter too! 🙂

      March 27, 2013
  120. bakerita #

    I have been looking for this recipe

    March 30, 2013
  121. That seems like alot of salt for a cookie recipe.. do they taste salty at all?? Can the salt be cut down?
    Thanks!

    December 6, 2015
    • According to my many tasters, not in the least bit salty. These are delectable little morsels as they are. 🙂

      December 6, 2015

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