Vegan Mexican Wedding Cookies

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These Vegan Mexican Wedding Cookies are mouthwatering treats that are perfect for your Christmas menu and other special occasions. They are decadent sugar-coated pecan balls with almond and vanilla that melt in your mouth.

Vegan Mexican Wedding Cookies

Vegan Mexican Wedding Cookies

Serve these amazing goodies with my Molasses Cookies, Stamped Almond Cookies, Vegan Tiramisu, Sweet Potato Pie and your guests will be blown away this holiday.

I had these Vegan Mexican Wedding Cookies for the first time many years ago at an event and I was blown away that they were vegan. I couldn’t stop eating them because they were so delicious and buttery.

Vegan Mexican Wedding Cookies Doughballs

Mexican Wedding Cookies History

No one actually knows the true origins of these cookies, the fact is similar cookies have existed in other countries culinary cultures for centuries throughout the world including Eastern and Western Europe.

The cookies are known as ‘biscochitos’ in Mexico are made as crescents or balls. They do not replace the wedding cake as the name implies. 

The term Mexican Wedding Cookie/Cake appeared in the American vocabulary in the 1950s during the time of the Cold War when relationships between Russia and America was strained.

Many historians believe the term Mexican Wedding Cake/Cookie was used to replace the name Russian teacakes in every cookbook.

Mexican Cookies Names

  • Polvorones in Spain
  • Butterballs
  • Danish Almond Cookies
  • Swedish Tea Cakes
  • Pecan Sandies
  • Finnish Butter Strips

Traditionally Mexican cookies are made from wheat flour, confectioner’s sugar, butter, chopped nuts, and vanilla but with a little substitution, my cookies are vegan, gluten-free and decadent.

I used gluten-free all-purpose flour instead of regular flour, my new favorite is Krusteaz brand. Instead of store-bought confectioners sugar, I made my own by blending organic cane sugar in my high-speeding blender.

For butter, I used Earth Balance Buttery Spread.

Vegan Mexican Wedding Cookies

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Per serving

Energy: 251 kcal / 1049 kJ
Fat: 17 g
Protein: 2 g
Carbs: 22 g

Cooking Time

Preparation: 10 min
Cooking: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
For: 12 Servings



  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Sift flour and powdered sugar, add salt and pecans and mix. Add butter. vanilla, almond extract and stir to combine to form a dough. (Add 1-2 tablespoons of water if the dough is dry)
  3. Chill dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Break off pieces of dough and roll into balls, about 24 balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Gently roll each warm cookie in powdered sugar to coat, transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.


Mexican Wedding Cookies

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Donna
    January 16, 2019

    How do you keep the ball shape? I’ve made these twice (delicious!!) and both times they flatten a bit….??

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 17, 2019

      Donna I’m happy you enjoyed them, mine were a bit flat on the base but all vegan ones are like that.

  2. Nicole
    December 11, 2018

    These were so easy to make and I had to refrain myself from eating the entire batch.