Mexican Wedding Cookies {Pecan Cookie Balls} #fbcookieswap

These Mexican Wedding Cookies are buttery, rich and decadently delicious. Easy to make and fun for the kids!

Have you ever participated in a Cookie Swap?

This is the 1st year that I participated in the Food Bloggers Cookie Swap ~ and it was such a great time that I can’t wait to tell you about it!

Mexican Wedding Cookies | Inspiration KitchenI didn’t expect to have as much fun doing this cookie swap as I did!  There was exciting anticipation about which cookie to choose, then the actual baking and crafting of the perfect cookie and finally getting to decorate them into a beautiful package for the gift exchange.  The packaging was probably the most fun part, because I got to get my creative juices going in a different direction than just cooking or baking!

Mexican Wedding Cookies | Inspiration KitchenI definitely had a certain look I wanted for these cookies.  I wanted the packaging to represent the season, but I didn’t want to go with traditional Christmas colors.  I wanted them to be warm, inviting and show the love and care that went into making them.  It warmed my heart to think that the recipient would be receiving a beautiful gift that they could open and then enjoy with their friends and family.

I couldn’t think of a better cookie to share than these Mexican Wedding Cookies.  They have been a family favorite of mine since I was a kid!  So getting to make them for someone else like my mom used to make them for me, was a really special treat.

Mexican Wedding Cookies | Inspiration KitchenThese cookies are a perfect time to bring out your cookie scoop!  A cookie scoop will keep them perfectly round and consistent so that they will cook easily.  The other great thing about these cookies is that they don’t spread, so you can place them closer together than you would other cookies – which means you can bake a lot of them at a time! 

The key to making these Mexican Wedding Cookies is rolling the cookie in powdered sugar twice once they are baked.  If you roll them only once, the powdered sugar will come off easily because of the buttery goodness in the cooked dough.  By rolling them twice, the powdered sugar adheres, even when handled.

Mexican Wedding Cookies | Inspiration KitchenIf you’ve never heard of the Great Food Blogger’s Cookie Swap, it’s a cookie exchange for food blogger’s around the world that allow us to connect and not only share our love of food and great recipes, but to support a great cause.  Coordinated by Lindsey @ Love & Olive Oil and Julie @ The Little Kitchen, they partner with Cookies For Kid’s Cancer to give bloggers an opportunity to donate to CFKC to support this great cause and to send a dozen of our favorite cookies to three other random bloggers in the great cookie exchange.

The 1st cookies I received were from Laura @ Mainline Feast.  The 1st thing I was struck by, was the darling tin they were shipped in!  So festive for the holidays with a clear see-through top, so I could see those decadent chocolate goodies inside.  I was excited before I popped the top, but was blown away by how good they smelled.  Chocolate-y goodness in these Spiked Chocolate Pecan Pie Bites.  Talk about dark chocolate-y goodness with pecan pie yum!  I was simply blown away by the amazing flavor!  Such a great, decadent gift.  Thank you Laura!!!

Spiked Chocolate Pecan Pie BitesThe 2nd cookies I received were from Janelle @ F-Chem 101.  These cookies were marbled Chocolate Coconut Icebox Cookies, festively decorated with red sugar sprinkles.  The coconut smell was so prominent and you know how I love coconut!  The coconut was definitely the star in these cookies!  Thank you Janelle!

Coconut Chocolate Icebox CookiesThe 3rd and final set of cookies I received were Molasses Crinkle Cookies from Mallory @ Chocolate With Grace.  Oooo, I loved these.  They were soft with a prominent molasses flavor and sprinkled with a bit of glittering sugar on top.  So yum!  Thank you Mallory!

Molasses Crinkle CookiesAs part of this exchange, the kind folks at OXO sent a surprise Good Grips 8 Piece Baker’s Silicone Decorating Bottle Kit.  Since I’d already made my cookies by the time I received it, I didn’t get a chance to use it yet – but I’m looking forward to it, because my cookie decorating skills can use all the help they can get.  🙂   Thank you OXO!

OXO FB Cookie Swap Gift | Inspiration KitchenI hope you’ve enjoyed this Food Blogger’s Cookie Swap gift exchange as much as I did!  It was fun being surprised by a “mystery Santa” and then getting to know other bloggers once the gift was received!

And the best part?  You get to give back!

This season is about giving not getting.  So, Happy Holidays my dear readers – here is my favorite cookie recipe!  I hope you love it as much as I do!

And thanks to these supporters!  OXO, Dixie Crystals, California Olive Ranch, Brownie Brittle.


Mexican Wedding Cookies {Pecan Cookie Balls}
These Mexican Wedding Cookies are buttery, rich and decadently delicious. Easy to make and fun for the kids!
Recipe type: Desserts
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 and ½ cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat butter in large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add ½ cup of confectioners' sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and salt; beat until well blended. Stir in flour and pecans.
  3. Using a cookie scoop, shape into 1-inch round balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet, or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake 15 to 18 minutes until just lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets and let cool 10 minutes. Roll warm cookies in the remaining 2 cups sugar. Place sugared cookies on wire racks to cool. When cool, roll again in sugar.

Mexican Wedding Cookies {Pecan Cookie Balls}


  1. says

    What a FUN event!! And I love those Mexican Wedding cookies of yours. I call those types of cookies “snowballs” around here. I am sure whoever received your cookies was just thrilled!! And I am going to check out that decorating bottle you got! I love decorating cookies and cupcakes and I have never seen that particular tool before. Have a great week Kristi! 🙂
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    • says

      Awesome Jessica! What a great cookie – Chocolate & Orange sounds amazing! I would love to have you join us in the cookie swap next year – it’s a lot of fun!

  2. says

    You received some awesome cookies! I would’ve died over those spiked chocolate pecan pie bites especially…oh my. I love that we basically chose the same cookie. I always worry that they won’t be fresh when shipping cookies, and these never have that problem! They look delicious, and I love your packaging!
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  3. says

    This was my first year participating too and it was so much fun! I would have loved to get these in the mail! They look absolutely perfect and I love the nutmeg in here! Your recipients must have devoured these in no time 🙂

    • says

      Hahaha! I searched a bunch of other bloggers that did the cookie swap last year and got their great packaging ideas! I think it makes it more fun for the recipient. I had a blast decorating them – and yes, that is my packaging! So fun!!! Try it next year – you will love doing it! And with your creative mind, I know your design will be simply amazing. p.s. I want to exchange with YOU next year. Hahaha! xoxo

    • says

      Thank you Katie! I’m so glad you like them. I like that they have no eggs in them (if you are familiar with my egg cracking history, you’d totally understand this statement!). Hahahaha! Have a beautiful week!

    • says

      I’m so glad you liked them Julie! Thank you so much for letting me know. I loved wrapping them beautifully for you – this exchange was so much fun, and to know that you loved them really pleases me! Happy Holidays!

  4. says

    Kristi!!!!!! This cookie swap sounds like so much fun and for such a great cause! I am sooooo going to participate next time!!!! Love the wedding cookies that you made!!!!! I might roll them maybe 3 -4 times in icing sugar because – SUGAR! <3
    Loving all the cookies you received!!!! Pinning your cookies! :*
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  5. says

    I’m sorry to say I’ve never had the pleasure of tasting these cookies – what is wrong with me! It looks and sounds like my kind of treat, and great tip about the double rolling in powered sugar (I’ll remember that!). Love your packaging and I’m sure your cookies made for some big smiles.
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    • says

      Thanks Jocelyn – I visit your site often because you have such gorgeous photos and great recipes. Let me just tell you how much I would *love* to be in a cookie swap with you! All I can say is, Oh Yum! 🙂


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