Rating: 4.71 stars
91 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 73
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

Pecan wedding cookies rolled in confectioner's sugar.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C).

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  • Cream butter or margarine, gradually adding confectioners' sugar and salt. Cream until light and fluffy.

  • Stir in pecans and vanilla. Add flour gradually. Mix well. Shape dough into crescents using a teaspoon full for each crescent. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 15-30 minutes. Do not brown. Let cool slightly, then roll cookies in additional confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

180 calories; protein 2g; carbohydrates 11.9g; fat 14.3g; cholesterol 20.3mg; sodium 103.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (97)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2009
While these go by a number of names, Pecan Fingers, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Pecan Crescents, these cookies have been a part of many families' Christmas cookie tradition for decades. This is very similar to the recipe I've been using from a very old Wisconsin Electric Co. Christmas cookie cookbook in that while other, similar, recipes call for a ratio of 1 cup butter, 2 cups flour and 1 cup pecans, this recipe calls for double the amount of pecans! I mean, this is truly a PECAN cookie! While the recipe I have always used calls for slightly less salt, powdered sugar and vanilla I found that to be a negligible difference. It's the amount of pecans that's key! These are very delicate cookies with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. I like to make mine small - it takes forever to shape them but they look so attractive on the cookie plate. I also roll them twice in the powdered sugar, once when they first come out of the oven and again when they've cooled. I also use finely ground pecans which, gratefully, can already be purchased that way, a real time saver! Great little cookie that will always remain a part of our Christmas cookie favorites. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/09/2005
I followed the recipe exactly. I found that they spread some on the cookie sheet so they are not perfect crescent shape. The taste is good but not a favorite a my house. Read More
(3)
91 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 73
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2009
While these go by a number of names, Pecan Fingers, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Pecan Crescents, these cookies have been a part of many families' Christmas cookie tradition for decades. This is very similar to the recipe I've been using from a very old Wisconsin Electric Co. Christmas cookie cookbook in that while other, similar, recipes call for a ratio of 1 cup butter, 2 cups flour and 1 cup pecans, this recipe calls for double the amount of pecans! I mean, this is truly a PECAN cookie! While the recipe I have always used calls for slightly less salt, powdered sugar and vanilla I found that to be a negligible difference. It's the amount of pecans that's key! These are very delicate cookies with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. I like to make mine small - it takes forever to shape them but they look so attractive on the cookie plate. I also roll them twice in the powdered sugar, once when they first come out of the oven and again when they've cooled. I also use finely ground pecans which, gratefully, can already be purchased that way, a real time saver! Great little cookie that will always remain a part of our Christmas cookie favorites. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2006
I had misplaced by own recipe so was I really happy to find this one here. It's perfect - although in my opinion a recipe is easier to follow if the ingredients are listed in the order to be used. Comment. For the person who needs crescent-shape-making help - take a walnut-size piece of the dough roll in a ball quickly then just change the rolling action to make a small log shape. Lightly pinch the ends as you bend the cookie placing it on the cookie sheet. Very quick no trouble whatsoever. If your mixture is too dry I would suggest more creaming action is required. The ingredients actually provide for quite a moist dough. Rather than roll the cookies in icing sugar this time I sifted the sugar over the cookies - it saved a lot of time. I had to bake for 17 minutes but the timing is always subject to the individual oven. Thanks for the recipe. I doubled my batch because these cookies always go quickly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
I'm too lazy to shape crescents so I use my small cookie scoop, portion them all out, then roll them into smooth balls. Perfect with a a cup of tea. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2007
This was an excellent recipe. My best friend used to make these cookies for my mother and I all the time. I have an easy way to mix the dough.You need to use your food processor to mix everything. First put the pecans in the food processor (I used 2 cups of pecans instead of 1 cup) Let the pecans process so that it becomes close to a paste. Then you add the softened butter sugar vanilla and flour. This allows the mixture to mix perfectly. Then just form the dough into little crescents which I measured by using a teaspoon. I was able to make close to 75 cookies this way. Enjoy!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
These were soo good and so easy. I made 2 x in 1 week because my husband kept eating them up! I can't wait to impress my cookie exchange with this one! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
THANK YOU Cheryl! In the south we refer to these cookies as Southern Wedding Cookies. I have been trying to find this recipe for years. I remember as a child every wedding I have ever been to had these cookies! I tried to find the recipe in time for my wedding...I now am in Washington state and wanted reminders of home. I didn't find in time for my wedding. However I passed your recipe off to a girl getting married soon. Thanks so much for this great recipe!! It is exactly as I remember! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2003
These were very good cookies. As another reviewer said earlier Texans call these Wedding Cookies. I have been looking for a recipe similar to wedding cookies but the ones I'm familiar with are round not crescents. Nonetheless these are the closest I've found. I did not roll mine in powdered sugar but went ahead and used close to a cup of powdered sugar in the dough. I rolled these into balls rather than the crescent shape and they baked up just fine. Thank you Cheryl for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
These cookies are delicious! They are a bit sweet but go fabulous with a strong cup of coffee or tea. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2004
These are tasty. Just be sure to use very finely chopped pecans. I didn't chop mine up quite good enough and it made the cookies fall apart when I tried to roll them. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/09/2005
I followed the recipe exactly. I found that they spread some on the cookie sheet so they are not perfect crescent shape. The taste is good but not a favorite a my house. Read More
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