Butter Pecan Cookies

    40 min

    These cookies are also known as Mexican wedding cakes, Russian tea cakes and other variants. They are buttery, shortbread-like cookies, packed full of nuts and rolled in icing sugar.

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    Makes: 90 cookies

    • 500g plain flour
    • 450g softened unsalted butter
    • 380g chopped pecans
    • 4 tablespoons icing sugar
    • 120g icing sugar for rolling

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
    2. Mash together the flour, butter, pecans and 4 tablespoons of icing sugar in a bowl until the mixture is thoroughly combined and forms a soft dough. Pinch off about 2 teaspoons of dough per cookie and roll into 1.75cm balls. Place the balls on ungreased baking trays.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven until the bottoms of the cookies are lightly golden brown but the tops are still pale, 8 to 12 minutes.
    4. Let the cookies cool completely, then roll in remaining icing sugar .

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    Made these for a Mexican themed evening - they were a great hit  -  04 Apr 2012


    This is just like the recipe I have used for years. Many variations can be done, one of which is tinting the dough with colors to match the the holiday or season. this is a must try recipe!!!!!  -  23 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Disappointed. These cookies crumbled too easily. I lost at least 60% before every being able to serve them. Also, need to be careful with the size. Make sure the balls are no bigger than a quarter or they taste too floury.  -  20 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)