Gluten Free Mexican Wedding Cookies

These Gluten Free Mexican Wedding Cookies go by several different names. Whatever you call them, they’re all delicious crunchy pecan cookies rolled in powdered sugar. Try to eat just one, I dare ya!

santa plate full of mexican wedding cookies on red checked napkin

Mexican wedding cookies, aka snowballs, aka Russian tea cakes, aka polvorones. These cookies are known by so many names, but it doesn’t really matter what you call ’em. They are such an easy cookie to make, but boy are they addictive! One after the other after the other, and all of a sudden they’re gone! And there’s evidence always left behind to let everyone know you’ve been digging into these powdered sugary little gems.

What are Mexican Wedding Cookies?

Mexican wedding cookies are round little balls of cookies that are loaded with finely chopped nuts, usually pecans (but sometimes walnuts). They’re crunchy and melt in your mouth and are so easy, you won’t believe it.

The Ingredients

  • Pecans
  • Powdered sugar
  • Kim’s gluten free flour blend — a store bought blend may be substituted, but hasn’t been tested
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond extract

Just a little more than a handful of ingredients is all you need, most or all of which you probably have in your kitchen already.

ingredients needed to make gf mexican wedding cookies

How to Make Mexican Wedding Cookies

When I said these are such easy cookies to make, I wasn’t exaggerating. In under an hour, you’ll be blessed with some of the most delicious cookies ever!

  1. Finely chop the pecans. I do this in the food processor, but you can also use a mini chopper, a ziptop baggie and a rolling pin, or simply a knife. You want the pecans very finely chopped, so the food processor is the easiest method.
  2. Make the dough. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the salt, followed by the vanilla and almond extracts, and beat until well combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and pecans. Add the dry ingredients (flour blend and cinnamon) and pecans and mix just until incorporated and there are no dry bits at the bottom of the bowl. You may need to scrape down the sides and bottom once.
  4. Form dough into balls. Using a teaspoon (kitchen spoon) or a small cookie scoop, scoop walnut-sized portions of dough and roll them between your palms to make smooth balls. Place balls on parchment or nonstick mat-lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees F for 13-16 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  6. Cool and roll in powdered sugar. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 15 minutes before rolling in powdered sugar.

Mexican Wedding Cookies FAQs

Can I Use Walnuts or Hazelnuts?

You can use whatever nut you’d like! Walnuts are great, and hazelnuts would be fabulous as well. Even pistachios or almonds would work too!

How Do I Store Mexican Wedding Cookies?

Mexican wedding cookies will keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week, but can also be stored in the freezer (minus the powdered sugar coating) for up to one month. Just roll them in powdered sugar after they’ve thawed.

Why Did My Cookies Flatten in the Oven?

Your dough probably wasn’t cool enough. If you find your room is warmer than normal, place the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes before rolling out the balls. You could also roll the balls out first, place them on the baking sheet, and then refrigerate them for 30 minutes before baking.

More Cookie Recipes for the Holidays

baked gf mexican wedding cookies on parchment

What cookies to make when you don’t have time, but want to impress? These Gluten Free Mexican Wedding Cookies for sure! They’ll please everyone and no one will have to know how hard you didn’t work.

santa plate full of mexican wedding cookies on red checked napkin

Gluten Free Mexican Wedding Cookies

These Gluten Free Mexican Wedding Cookies go by several different names. Whatever you call them, they're all delicious crunchy pecan cookies rolled in powdered sugar. Try to eat just one, I dare ya!
3.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 40 cookies


  • 1 cup (125 g) pecans
  • ½ cup (63 g) powdered sugar
  • cups (245 g) Kim's gluten free flour blend (a store bought blend may be substituted, but hasn't been tested)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup (226 g) butter, softened
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract


  • ¾ cup (94 g) powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Pour ¾ cup of powdered sugar into small bowl.
  • Place the pecans in a food processor and pulse to finely chop (or chop very finely with a knife). Set aside.
  • Cream butter and ½ cup of powdered sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla and almond extracts, as well as the salt until smooth.
  • Gradually add the flour, cinnamon, and pecans and mix until well combined.
  • Using a small (1 tbsp size) scoop or a small kitchen spoon, scoop the dough and roll into balls between your palms. Place two inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until very lightly golden. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 15 minutes, then roll the warm cookies in the powdered sugar. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Reroll in powdered sugar when the cookies have cooled down, if desired. Store in an airtight container.
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7 thoughts on “Gluten Free Mexican Wedding Cookies”

  • I am not sure what I did wrong mine did not come out round – they flattened out. Yes I used your flour blend.
    I did not have quite a cup of pecans – maybe 7.8 of a cup – nor almond extract so a little extra vanilla. they test good but doing crumble easily.

    • Maybe not having enough nuts caused them to flatten? Or your butter was too soft. Try putting the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes or so before rolling and baking next time. These are a very crumbly cookie, so it’s their nature to crumble easily.

    • All of my flour blend recipes are on the main menu of my website (on mobile that’s the three stacked lines). I don’t know which bread recipe you saw on YouTube (there are tons).

  • Thank you! I’ve made and thrown out many gf Mexican Wedding Cakes, they always come out at hard cannonballs since celiac. The best part about these cookies? Hubs hates them, they are “messy”, so more for me!!!!! That is the best idea for chopping the nuts, I’ve always used one of the hand nut choppers, my food processor would make short work of making these!

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