Pecan Sandies

These are much like what is often sold as Mexican Wedding Cookies.  These are a shortbread cookie that are stuffed with pecans and then dusted with powdered sugar.  It isn’t the holidays at my house without these cookies.
Pecan Sandie cookies

Pecan Sandies

These are the cookies that I grew up enjoying for the holidays. Every Christmas my Mom would make these wonderful pecan sandies. These cookies are easy to make and require very little from your pantry. These cookies have a wonderful nutty flavor in them with the pecans that toast while you cook them in the oven. When you remove them from the oven you roll them in powdered sugar. The powdered sugar almost makes it’s own frosting because in a day or so much of the powdered sugar forms a lovely little crust.

Pecan Sandie cookies

Pecan Sandies

Love buttery shortbread cookies?  You are going to love these pecan sandies.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Pecan Sandies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 102kcal


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon water
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Cream butter and sugar; add 2 tsp. water and vanilla; mix well. Blend in flour and nuts; chill 4 hours. Shape in balls or fingers. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes. Remove from pan' cool slightly; roll in confectioners sugar. 


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. RightUnite

    I make this, but they’re called Swedish Tea Cakes, and I make them with cake flour and they’re baked for 1 hour at 275 degrees.

    • stephaniemanley

      I have also seen these called Mexican wedding cookies too. It must be a great selling point that these cookies are good no matter what you call them.

    • Shelley Colombin

      I absolutely love these cookies as well, and now I will try to make this using your way. I always cook with regular flour but never get it right. Using breadflour makes a whole lot better. Good thinking! thank you Right United. I will always keep this in mind. ????

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