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Pati Jinich Mexican Wedding Cookies or polvorones


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (or double the butter)
1/2 cup pecans, ground or finely chopped
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a large cookie sheet.

In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, pulse the pecans until they are finely chopped. Add the powdered sugar, flour and salt, and pulse again. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula if necessary.

Drop in the butter and shortening chunks, and pulse a couple of times. Add the egg and pulse again, just until the mixture starts to come together. Roll the dough into 1- to 1 1/2″ balls with your hands.

Place the balls on the baking sheet, spacing them 1″ apart; give them a light pat on the top. Bake until the cookies are golden brown, about 15 minutes. You may need to bake two batches.

Generously, really super generously, dust extra confectioners’ sugar over the top of the cookies.


Hello there! I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your show! It’s really fun and interesting.

I’m going to try these cookies today. Many thanks.

Andrea, The wedding cookies are so good for the holidays. I hope you will try them! Thank you for watching the show!!

My 14 year old son and I just finished making these cookies and they are AMAZING!! He is presenting a project on Mexico tomorrow in his Spanish class and was required to bring in an “authentic” Mexican food. We were so excited when you made these on your show and even more excited to find your explanation of their everyday use in Mexican life on your website (he is quoting you in his presentation). These cookies taste so much better than the cookies we always made growing up (we called them Snowballs or Russian Tea Cakes). The added bonus was using our hands to scrunch together all the ingredients! Thanks so much!!

Hi Patti.
I tried these cookies today with a little different preparation. I don’t own a food processor so I told myself that before food processors they used their hands, so that’s what I did. Good old Mexican ingenuity. It worked perfectly and my husband said they were so good that he wanted to go out and marry me again so I would make another batch of these wedding cookies. Thank you so much. Love your show!

Hi, I really enjoyed all the recipes from this show. I would like to make these for friends at the beach this coming Spring. Is there any way to make at least part of the enchilada dish or the steak dish in advance???

Many thanks for your help and your wonderful Mexican cooking and culture series.

Lindsey Green
Glen Allen, VA

Hola Lindsey, Of course, you can make some of these dishes in advance! For the enchiladas, you can make the red tomato sauce in advance and just reheat. The tampico steak dish is best a la minute; however, a couple things you can do to get ahead is to prep and marinate the steak with the lime juice, garlic and oil, and you can char, sweat and remove the skin of the poblanos in advance. Thank you so much for watching the show!!

Hi Pati,

I thoroughly enjoy watching your show. I am looking forward to making the weeding cookies with my three boys. As you know, with your three boys, quantity of cookies can sometimes be an issue. I did not notice on the recipe the yield amount of cookies for this recipe. If you could please share what that is so I know if I need to double the recipe, that would be great.

Thanks so much for your help, time and another wonderful culinary PBS program!

Be well,


Hi Anne, I am so happy you are going to try these cookies for your three boys!! The recipe yields about 30 cookies.

Mexican Wedding Cookies to Hispanics in the United States are Biscochitos. Polvorones are not the same as Biscochitos. But, for some reason they are both called Mexican Wedding Cookies. For Hispanics in the US, Biscochitos are very popular at many celebrations, not only weddings. Biscochitos are similar to Polvorones, but not the same. Wish you had a recipe for polvorones that did not require using a food processor as I do not own one. If you have a recipe not using food processor, will you be so kind to email it to me. Thank you, Josephine S Chavez

Hi Josephine, Thank you for the info! The recipe in this blog post offers an alternate method for the cookies, if you do not have a food processor: All the best to you!!


grat cookies, nice.thank you to make

Thank you!!

Pati, watching you make the Mexican wedding cookies brought back memories for me because as a little girl we loved watching my mom making them for us. She used chopped pecans and this was before the age of the food processor so the cookies had bigger pieces of pecans which I love. Right now, my mom suffers from Dementia so those days are over. In 2007, my daughter asked me to get some of these cookies for her wedding so I ordered them from a local bakery and they were a huge hit at the wedding. I love your show and I’ll be trying out more of your recipes. God bless you.

Gracias for your message Berta, and belated congratulations on your daughter’s wedding! Here’s to many more celebrations to come….

Preparing for a wedding reception and want to make as much as possible beforehand. Can these cookies be frozen? Thanks.

You may not need to freeze them: the hold so well for at least 2 weeks if tightly covered or wrapped. You may also freeze them, but if you do, make sure they are in a package or bag that is closed tight.

We make a version of this cookie. It’s called the Italian wedding cookies. It has walnuts, pecans and almonds. We use all butter, no shortening.

They are fabulous with all butter too…

Hello, just wanted to thank Patti for all the wonderful ideas and recipes she’s shared on her show. Truly brings back memories of my family traditions and foods.
Thank You and Feliz Navidad!
The Sandovals

Thank you so much for watching!! Feliz Navidad!

Hi Pati, my family and I really enjoyed these cookies. We made them around Christmas time and everyone loved them. They didn’t last too long. I always liked wedding cookies, so I decided to try out a recipe and make them homemade. I don’t need to try out anymore wedding cookie recipes because this is my favorite one. Thank you so much for the great recipe.

Thank you, Margaret! So happy your family enjoys these cookies!!

Thank you Pati

Dear Pati, I love your show and your beautiful accent. It’s also fun to meet your sons. I meant to make the Wedding Cookies for my daughter last May. We were so wrapped up in last minute details and doing all the flowers that I couldn’t stay awake to make the cookies. This year I’m making them for my daughter and her husband for their first anniversary. I hope this becomes a family tradition.

I hope so too! Congratulations to you and your daughter and husband on their first anniversary, how exciting!

I have enjoyed watching your television show. I have made several version of these cookies. I have enjoyed making your version and I will be making them again.

Thank you!!

Hola Pati!!
Me enorgullese que muestres al mundo nuestra cocina Mexicana. Ojala y pudieras entrar a Food Network y enseñes a todos a cocinar la autentica gastronomia Mexicana. En ese canal hay una persona que cocina una porqueria y se da el lujo de decir que es cocina Mexicana. Tus recetas son una delicia y cuando puedo veo el canal de Create TV. Saludos y sigue cocinando tan delicioso. Un abrazo!!

Laura Erives

Hola Laura!
Que amable eres y que lindo tu comentario. Me encanta que veas mi programa, gracias!! Y más me encanta que te guste. Un fuerte abrazo, Pati

Hi Pati, I really want to try making these cookies, but since I’m pre-diabetic sugar and regular flour is not good for me. Is it Ok to switch to whole wheat flour and sugar substitutes? How about amaranth flour? I would appreciate any information- Esther

I think these would be FABULOUS with amaranth flour, and use the sugar substitutes of your choice, but you may have to tone down the amount of the substitute…

On the Mexican Wedding Cookies – – do you freeze them with powdered sugar on them or should you freeze them without.

You can do either-or!

Hello Pati, My Daughter can only eat Gluten-Free Cookies. What can I use instead of the 2 cups all-purpose flour? Would Almond flour work?

Absolutely! You can also give rice flour a try…

Hi Patti, I really want to try and make the Mexican wedding cookies but I don’t cook with eggs. Do i really need to add the egg yolk? I want to give some to a coworker who is a vegetarian. I’m so glad your show is about authentic Mexican Cuisine. Very different from Tex Mex cooking. I love it.

Grew up with these cookies, can’t wait to make these myself.

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