Coconut-Lime Mexican Wedding Cookies

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Mexican Wedding Cookies

These bite-sized, shortbread-like Mexican wedding cookies are flavored with lime, coconut, and ground pecans.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

I’m not usually gushy or overly sentimental, but I’ve been feeling nostalgic this week. Fifteen years ago today, Michael and I were married on Cinco de Mayo. The picture below was taken right before our wedding when we were both in our twenties — when we had a lot less wrinkles and a lot more hair! I distinctly recall Michael being on his lunch break during that photo session, and none too thrilled to be posing for cheesy engagement photos (believe me, I spared you the really cheesy ones)!

mike-jenn-2001Anyway, I thought it’d be fitting to share a recipe for Mexican Wedding Cookies this week. Also known as Snowballs, Butter Balls or Russian Tea Cakes, they’re crisp, shortbread-like cookies made from ground nuts, flour, butter and sugar. This version is flavored with lime, pecans and ground coconut. The recipe originally comes from Fine Cooking, although I’ve tweaked the method significantly to make it an easy, one bowl recipe. 

How To Make Coconut-Lime Mexican Wedding Cookies

ingredients for Mexican wedding cookies

To begin, combine the flour, salt, confectioners’ sugar, pecans and coconut in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade.

coconut, pecans, flour, sugar in bowl of food processor

Process until the pecans and coconut are finely ground, and the mixture looks like sand.

ground mixture resembling sand

Add the butter, lime zest, and vanilla extract.

adding butter, lime zest and vanilla to food processor

Process until the mixture comes together into a cohesive dough.

cohesive dough ball in food processor

Remove the dough from the bowl onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap and chill until firm enough to roll, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

dough wrapped in plastic ready to chill

Measure the dough into heaping teaspoon-size pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Place the balls about 1-1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

dough balls on cookie sheet

Bake until the edges of the cookies barely begin to brown, 12 to 14 minutes.

baked cookies

Let cool on the baking sheets, then roll in the confectioners’ sugar while still warm.

rolling Mexican wedding cookies in confectioners sugar

Let the cookies cool on a rack. Then roll again in confectioners’ sugar once they are cool.

rolling Mexican wedding cookies again in confectioners sugar

Serve and enjoy!

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Coconut-Lime Mexican Wedding Cookies

These bite-sized, shortbread-like Mexican wedding cookies are flavored with lime, coconut, and ground pecans.

Servings: About 30 cookies
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 12 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes, plus about 45 minutes to cool

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, plus about 3/4 cup more for coating
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 packed teaspoon lime zest, from 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the flour, salt, confectioners' sugar, pecans and coconut. Process until the pecans and coconut are finely ground, and the mixture looks like sand. Add the butter, lime zest, and vanilla extract; process until the mixture comes together into a cohesive dough. Remove the dough from the bowl and wrap in plastic. Chill until firm enough to roll, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Measure the dough into heaping teaspoon-size pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Place the balls about 1-1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the edges of the cookies barely begin to brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets, then roll in the confectioners' sugar while still warm. Let the cookies cool on a rack, then roll again in confectioners' sugar once they are cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. To serve, arrange the cookies on a platter and use a fine sieve to dust with more confectioners' sugar, if desired.
  4. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The Cookie Dough can be Frozen for up to 3 Months: Roll the dough into balls, let set on a baking sheet in the freezer, then place in a sealable bag and press out as much air as possible. Bake as needed directly from the freezer. (Allow 1 to 2 minutes longer in the oven.) To Freeze After Baking: Let the cookies cool completely and store in an airtight container separating layers with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Before serving, remove the cookies from the container and let them come to room temperature.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 65
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Sodium: 28mg
  • Cholesterol: 9mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Happy Anniversary!! Wishing you many many more.

    • — Christina on May 5, 2021
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    • Thank you so much!! 💗

      • — Jenn on May 6, 2021
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  • These sound wonderful for my future daughter-in-law’s upcoming shower. Can I make them and freeze in advance? If so, when do I coat with powdered sugar? I was thinking once before freezing and once again after they defrost fully? Or do you not recommend it?

    • — Liz on April 7, 2021
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    • Hi Liz, I’d coat them with powdered sugar before freezing. If you’d like to sprinkle a little more on after they’re defrosted/before serving, feel free to. Hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on April 7, 2021
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  • I was surprised at how EASY this recipe was and how much my whole family liked it!! The entire batch was devoured in 2 days. The lime flavour really made it stand out. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • — Nicole on January 31, 2021
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  • Is it possible to make these a day in advanced and bake later?

    • — Carly on December 20, 2020
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    • Sure – enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on December 21, 2020
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