Cookie Baking Day Cookies Desserts

Mexican Wedding Cookies

January 2, 2013

It’s the last cookie from Cookie Baking Day 2012! How fast the holidays go by. My mom made these Mexican Wedding Cookies a few months back and they were so delicious, we decided to include them on the list. You know the Danish Wedding Cookies in the pink box you can buy? These are very similar except there’s no coconut. I think this homemade version is a million times better. I’m not sure what makes them Mexican or Danish, but I don’t care where they come from when they taste this good.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

So, how’s it taste?

It’s the perfect little cookie. Not too sweet shortbread-ish base speckled with chocolate chips and pecans, then dip the whole thing in powdered sugar. They have great texture, too. A bit crunchy, yet a bit soft. The fun part is getting messy dipping the cookies. You need to do it when the cookies are warm, but be careful if they are too hot. I like to dip a batch and then dip them a second time to make sure they really get coated. You can leave out the pecans if you prefer, too.

Other goodies from Cookie Baking Day 2012:
Cream Cheese Spritz
Cranberry Orange
Butterscotch Spice
Mint Chocolate Pudding

Mexican Wedding Cookies


1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg white
1 box white cake mix
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 375F.

2. Mix shortening, water, vanilla, and egg white thoroughly. Add cake mix and mix again until there are no lumps. Add pecans and chocolate chips, and mix until incorporated.

3. Roll into one-inch balls. Place about two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until almost set, about ten minutes.

4. While warm dip cookies in powdered sugar, cool a bit, then dip a second time for even coating.


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  • angela@spinachtiger January 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve never seen Mexican wedding cookies with chocolate. These would be better than ever. I find it funny that in January, I have two Mexican Wedding cake recipes in my box within the same hour, but from a blogger across the world. Must mean cookie time is still going on. Happy New Year, Leah.

    • Leah January 3, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Oh how funny! Yeah, I’m behind with my holiday postings. Got some eggnog goodies, too. I’ll just say I’m really early for 2013! Happy new year to you!

  • Christina January 13, 2013 at 11:22 am

    My grandma used to make these, but we called them Russian Tea Balls – same thing, I think 🙂

    I’ve made a few of your recipes before, and because they’ve always turned out, I nominated you for a Super Sweet Blogging Award. The rules are here: I hope you choose to participate. Happy baking!