Polvorones – Mexican Wedding Cookies

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Last Updated on December 13, 2019 by Chef Mireille

Polvorones

Mexican Wedding Cookies are a classic cookie with variations around the world. These melt in your mouth nut cookies are perfect for tea time!

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Mexican Wedding Cookies have variations around the world by different names. The only change usually is just the types of nuts utilized and the shapes.

Polvorones, Russian Tea Cakes, Kourambiedes are just a few of the names of these similar cookies around the world.

It is believed that these cookies are Arab in origin and as Arab’s were traders, they travelled around the world. Depending on the country it is being made, the flavor and the nuts change but the concept of a rich butter cookie coated with powdered sugar is universal.

Known as Mexican Wedding Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies in the US and Polvorones in Mexico, this version is often found at weddings in Mexico and that is how it got its name.

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Nut Allergies

Do you have nut allergies? If you do, you can just omit the nuts. I am allergic to different degrees to different tree nuts. Pecans I can tolerate in small quantities, so you will find my version here with less nuts than Polvorones – Mexican Wedding Cookies usually have.

Feel free to add more nuts as desired!

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After rolling your Polvorones – Mexican Wedding Cookies in the powdered sugar, you can always sprinkle with a little more!

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These melt in your mouth cookies are perfect with a cup of milk or tea.

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Polvorones – Mexican Wedding Cookies

These melt in your mouth cookies are perfect for tea time.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories: 197kcal
Author: Chef Mireille

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugar until creamy.
  • Add vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add flour and salt. Mix until just combined.
  • With a rubber spatula, fold in the nuts.
  • Mix until fully incorporated.
  • Form into 16 balls evenly sized balls and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies are set and just starting to brown on the bottom.
  • Carefully roll in powdered sugar.
  • Leave to cool completely before storing in an air tight container.

Notes

Traditionally, the cookies would have more nuts. However, since I have nut allergies can only have these nuts in very small quantity. You can increase the quantity of nuts to ¾ cup for a more traditional version.
Be very gentle when rolling the cookies in the sugar. As they will still be warm, they will break apart if you are too rough.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Mina Joshi

    These look delicious – almost like the Indian Nankathai biscuits. I was so pleased to see that these biscuits were eggless so I am saving this recipe to try soon.

  2. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    Got all the ingredients ready as I’m planning to bake them this week. Yours look really good and so festive. In my case not going easy with the nuts as we love them.

  3. Nayna Kanabar

    5 stars
    These cookies sound really delicious, I have tried something like this in Greece , a very similar type of cookie, its amazing there are so many similarities between different countries and their cuisines.

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