Pecan Sandies Cookies Recipe – These cookies go by many names, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Snow Cookies, and so many more. No matter what you call them, they are always scrumptious!
Growing up, my mother would make cookies that my father called pecan sandies. They were delicate, delicious little bites of crumbly, buttery cookie encased in a dusting of powdery confectioners sugar. Mother would make her pecan sandies for family showers or brunches and especially at Christmas.
I’m sure you’ve had this traditional cookie before yourself.
They go by many different names from wedding cookies to tea cookies and everything in between.
Pecan Sandies Cookies (Mexican Wedding Cookies) Recipe
When Sam was about three years old, I made them for Christmas. Not sure that he wanted to taste one, he asked, “what did you put in those snow cookies?” His name for them has stuck around our house!
How to Make Pecan Sandies Cookies (Mexican Wedding Cookies)
To make these cookies, begin by preheating your oven and preparing your baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Then, using an electric mixer, cream together your softened butter and confectioner’s sugar, add in the flour and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Then, slowly stir in your pecans.
Scoop the cookie dough by the tablespoon and then roll between your palms to form a ball. Place the cookie dough ball onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches between each cookie, and then repeat until the baking sheet is filled.
Bake the cookies until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before rolling in confectioner’s sugar. The cookie will absorb some of the confectioner’s sugar as they rest.
Then, I like to roll or dust again in confectioner’s sugar once they have completely cooled and right before serving. It makes them look like they are covered in newly fallen snow! (Maybe that’s why Sam called them snow cookies!)
Make Ahead Pecan Sandies Cookies (Mexican Wedding Cookies) Recipe
These cookies are excellent to make ahead, especially throughout the holidays. Simply prepare the cookies as instructed and then store in an airtight container for up to a week.
If you’d like to make them more in advance, use the Freezer Friendly instructions below.
How to Freeze Pecan Sandies Cookies (Mexican Wedding Cookies) Recipe
There are a few ways to make these delicious cookies ahead of time to freeze them.
Freeze the Baked Cookies:
To freeze the baked cookies, roll the cookies in the powdered sugar for the first rolling, cool the cookies completely and then freeze on the baking sheet. When the cookies have frozen solid, about 30 minutes. Store the cookies in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, allow the cookies to reach room temperature and then roll the cookies or dust them with an additional coating of confectioner’s sugar.
Freeze the Cookie Dough:
To freeze the cookie dough, roll the cookies to form the cookie dough balls and then place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze completely on the baking sheet. Once the cookies have frozen solid, about 30 minutes, transfer the cookies to an airtight, freezer-safe container to freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, allow the cookies to thaw in the refrigerator and then bake as instructed.
Cookie Variations You May Also Enjoy
Omit the Nut
As crazy as it sounds for a recipe called Pecan Sandies, we also love these cookies with the nuts omitted. It is especially important if you want to make sure that you are serving a nut-free cookie if there are any allergies or nut sensitivities.
You can add in so many different things into the cookie dough. Here are a few of our favorites:
Funfetti Cookies – to make a funfetti type cookie, simply stir in colored sprinkles as your would the pecan in your cookie dough.
Chocolate Filled Cookies – to make chocolate filled, encase a piece of chocolate (such as a Hershey’s Kiss or a Dove promise) in the center of the cookie dough. You’ll want to chill the cookie dough before baking to ensure that the chocolate doesn’t become overly melted.
Peppermint – to make a peppermint cookie, stir in crushed peppermint pieces into the cookie dough.
Here’s my Pecan Sandies Cookies Recipe, aka Mexican Wedding Cookies, aka Snow Cookies, aka whatever you want to call them cookies recipe! 🙂 I hope you love them as much as we do!
Pecan Sandies Cookies (Mexican Wedding Cookies) Recipe
- 1 cup butter 2 sticks
- 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar plus more for rolling baked cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Cream together butter and sugar with electric mixer. Add in the flour and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Slowly stir in the pecans.
- Scoop a teaspoon of the cookie dough and roll between your palms to form a ball. Place the ball of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake until lightly golden, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to the touch. Roll in confectioner's sugar.
- When ready to serve and once the cookies have completely cooled, roll or dust them with a bit of additional confectioner's sugar, if you prefer.
No matter what name you use to refer to these heavenly pieces of confection, they are a must make cookie. Quick, easy, and definitely delicious.
From the Add a Pinch Recipe archives. Originally published 2010.