5 from 2 votes
Pecan Sandies (Mexican Wedding Cookies/Cake)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
1 hr
Total Time
30 mins

These delicious pecan cookies go by many names - Pecan Sandies or Mexican Wedding Cookies/Cake, but they are all the same buttery, melt in your mouth family favorite! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36
Calories: 122 kcal
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup very finely minced pecans
  • 1/2 cup powdered/confectioners' sugar
  1. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the water and vanilla.
  2. Stir in the flour and pecans until well blended.
  3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least four hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325 °F.
  5. Shape the dough into walnut sized balls or crescents. (Crescent shaped are more the traditional Mexican wedding form of these cookies.)
  6. Place the dough balls or crescents 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden.
  8. Cool on a baking rack, then roll in the confectioners sugar. I don't roll them when they are warm as they still will soak up the powdered sugar while cool and this way they don't get sticky.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Pecan Sandies (Mexican Wedding Cookies/Cake)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 45mg2%
Potassium 31mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.