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

Pecan sandies with pecans

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 aren’t as sweet as chocolate chip and 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.

These cookies are made by first creaming sugar and butter together and then adding the vanilla and water. You will finish the dough by adding the flour and chopped pecans until well combined. This will then need to chill for an hour before forming it into 1-inch dough balls. Bake these at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Mexican Wedding Cookies are more thoroughly covered in powdered sugar, and that is a matter of preference. Either way, these little ditties are delish!

Pecan Sandies on a wire cooling rack with pecans and a bowl of powdered sugar

  • Is the 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 be great.
  • Can I use a different nut?

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

Here are more delicious and festive holiday cookies to try:

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Pecan Sandies on a wire cooling rack with pecans and a bowl of powdered sugar
Pecan Sandies are a super easy, must make for the holidays and require only a few ingredients. They are also known as Mexican wedding cookies. No matter what you call them they are simply delicious!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar for rolling
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in water and vanilla.
  • Stir in flour and pecans until well combined. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place at least 2 inches apart onto two lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Place shaped cookies into the fridge for 30 minutes while the oven preheats to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet.
  • Roll cooled cookies in powdered sugar*. Store in an airtight container. Cookies stay good for about 3 to 5 days.
*One alternative is to roll your cookies in powdered sugar while still warm. The powdered sugar will melt slightly and create a different effect on the cookie. Try both and see which you like best! Either way is delicious. 


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pecan Sandies

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Jackie B

5 stars
I love these – so easy and quick. Very shortbread like, crunchy pecans, great with morning coffee.

Vicki nielsen

I made these for a family birthday and they were raved about. So many requests for more I can’t bake them fast enough. They are soooo good. Thank you for sharing it. I wouldn’t change anything. ???


I made these for my brother for Christmas and he raved about them. Said they were just as good as our great grandmother recipe. 🙂


I double coat mine in the powdered sugar. I roll them while still warm then go back and roll again


5 stars
A family favorite!!!


4 stars
I’m used to the pecan sandies that comes in a bag.
I didn’t refrigerate my dough for long and flattened the dough balls slightly with a fork before baking. Next time making these I will skip the powdered sugar and add more sugar to the actual mixture to make the dough a bit sweeter. First time trying this. The cookies were very close to what I’m used to eating.


Hi Rachel,

I am making your cookies today, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without these tasty morsels. Stay tuned will send pictures when I am done. 🙂

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