Pecan Sandies are a super easy, must make for the holidays cookie, and require only a few ingredients. They are also known as Mexican wedding cookies. No matter what you call them they are simply delicious!

A pecan sandy sitting next to a bowl filled with pecan sandies.

You might recognize Pecan Sandies as Mexican wedding cookies, and that is accurate, as they are one and the same. We love making Pecan Sandies for almost any occasion, but especially during the holidays. These cookies have a rich, buttery taste, crumbly, nutty texture and are not as sweet as chocolate chip or sugar cookies. They are a great addition to a cookie assortment and offer that distinct texture and flavor that dial down the sugar just a bit.

Is Easy Pecan Sandies dough supposed to be so crumbly?

Yes. These cookies are meant to have a crumbly texture, similar to shortbread. The dough will come together just enough to form into the ball cookie shapes.

Should I refrigerate this dough?

You don’t have to refrigerate the dough for these cookies, but if you want the cookies to be more ball-like, you will want to chill the shaped cookies for at least 30 minutes while the oven pre-heats. If you don’t refrigerate them, they will just flatten out a little more. They will still taste great.

Nut Options:

Any finely chopped nut will work in these cookies. Walnuts and almonds are especially good alternatives to pecans. 

Alternatively, if you have nut allergies or just don’t like them in your baked goods, these cookies are still absolutely delicious without nuts. 

A bowl filled with pecan sandies.

Storage Instructions: 

Store your cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to one week.

Here are more delicious and festive holiday cookies to try: