Mexican Wedding Cookies (Polvorones) Recipe -
Mexican Wedding Cookies (Polvorones) Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Mexican Wedding Cookies (Polvorones)

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"These Mexican Wedding Cookies with chopped walnuts are a sweet treat for any occasion!"

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Original recipe makes 4 -dozen cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine shortening, 1 cup powdered sugar and vanilla in bowl of electric mixer; beat on medium speed until well blended.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Add to creamed mixture; mix well. Stir in walnuts; mix well. Roll dough into walnut-size balls; place on ungreased baking sheets about 1 12 inches apart.
  4. Bake 15 minutes or until edges begin to brown slightly. Cool on baking sheets until cool enough to handle, but still warm. While still warm, roll in remaining 1 cup powdered sugar; place on cooling racks to cool completely.
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  • *1 stick Crisco® Butter Shortening Sticks can be substituted for 1 cup Crisco® Butter Shortening

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 08, 2010

This is my all-time favorite Christmas cookie recipe. But real butter is the only way to go. And use pecans. Carefully roll the delicate cookies in a ziploc filled with powdered sugar when they are warm. A second dip is always nice too because sometimes the sugar kinda soaks in the first time around. Melt in your mouth delish!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 10, 2010

I was so excited to see "Mexican Wedding Cookies" here as they are a family favorite at Christmas. However, this recipe calls for shortening?!?! My mother, grandmother and great-grandmother all used real butter. So, I made a half batch as written with the butter-flavor shortening and a batch with real butter. . . sooo much better with butter! The shortening cookies tasted a bit, well, store-bought. Other slight alterations with the butter recipe: heaping 1/2 cup powdered sugar in the dough, 2 1/4 cups flour and only 1 cup nuts. The rest was the same. These are my hubby's favorite Christmas cookie!

Nov 22, 2010

This recipe was FANTASTIC...the only modification I made was I also added 1/2 tsp of almond extract...we have been buying store bought wedding cookies around the holidays for years and I wasn't sure I would find a recipe just like them. This is just as good if not better, rave reviews from all my family that ate the cookies. Another great thing was I used gluten-free flour, so now everyone can enjoy!

Nov 24, 2010

Anything with powdered sugar on it is a hit in our house. I sometimes use extra vanilla for a richer taste.

Apr 27, 2011

I used 1 cup of margarine instead of shortening and used 1 cup of chocolate chips instead of walnuts. I LOVED how the recipe turned out. Oh, if the powdered sugar doesn't stick, put it in a plastic bag and place 2 cookies in there at a time and shake it for a few seconds. Take them out and then in 10MIN, powder them again and the coating sticks much better and it's thicker.

Dec 10, 2010

We call these snowball cookies or snowballs and the are the same basic cookies. I don't have my recipe in front of me but off the top of my head it's relatively the same ingredients. These are awesome pop in your mouth and enjoy cookies. Great with a cup of coffee or tea....I have also seen these called Russian Tea cakes. If you like walnuts definitely include them in your recipe but for someone who doesn't like the walnuts or is allergic they come out fine without them.

Dec 10, 2010

Now this is a cookie! Tasted absolutely fantastic. I used real butter instead of shortening and used one teaspoon of almond extract and one teaspoon of vanilla extract and it gave it a nice twist. A must!

Dec 15, 2010

Love these , I change it up and add cinnamon to powder sugar and roll them in that . I also add fresh ground nutmeg maybe 1/8 tsp .


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  • Calories
  • 215 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.5 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 14.4 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 39 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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