Italian Wedding Cookies

Italian Wedding Cookies, also known as Snowball Cookies or Mexican Wedding Cookies, are delightful buttery cookies coated in powdered sugar. They are often served at weddings and special occasions. Here’s a simple recipe for Italian Wedding Cookies:


For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts (such as pecans or almonds)

For Rolling:

  • Additional powdered sugar for rolling and coating


  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare Cookie Dough:
    • In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  3. Add Dry Ingredients:
    • Gradually add the flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the finely chopped nuts.
  4. Shape Cookies:
    • Shape the dough into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter, and place them on the prepared baking sheets. The cookies won’t spread much during baking, so you can place them relatively close together.
  5. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly golden. Be careful not to overbake; the tops should remain pale.
  6. Roll in Powdered Sugar:
    • Allow the cookies to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets. While still warm, roll the cookies in powdered sugar to coat them evenly. Place the coated cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Double Coat (Optional):
    • Once the cookies are completely cooled, you can give them a second roll in powdered sugar for an extra coating.
  8. Serve:
    • Arrange the Italian Wedding Cookies on a serving platter and enjoy!

These cookies are buttery, nutty, and covered in a sweet dusting of powdered sugar. They are often a favorite during festive occasions, and their melt-in-your-mouth texture makes them a delightful treat.

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