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Pecan Cookie Balls

These buttery melt-in-your mouth cookies are also known as Mexican Wedding Cakes. They make a great holiday gift or cookie exchange. Skill Level: Intermediate

20 min Prep
35 min Total
price per Serving

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 219
Protein 2.0g
Total Carbohydrates 21.8g
Dietary Fiber 1.2g
Net Carbohydrates 20.6g
Sugar 12.7g
Total Fat 14.3g
Saturated Fat 5.5g
Trans Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 20.4mg
Sodium 13.8mg
SmartPoints® 9.0


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered (confectioner's) sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 ┬░F. Beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and salt; beat until well blended. Stir in flour and pecans.
  2. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from baking sheets.
  4. Immediately roll hot cookies in remaining 2 cups sugar. Place sugared cookies on wire racks to cool. When cool, roll again in sugar.

Price Per Serving based on average national price: excludes store savings and local grocery store pricing

Photo Credit: McCormick Spice Company