Real Food Mexican Wedding Cakes

Real Food Christmas Cookies:  Mexican Wedding cakes //Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Mexican Wedding Cakes have always been my husband’s favorite Christmas cookie. In fact, I remember my mother-in-law telling me, as she wrote out her recipe for me, that he always said it wouldn’t be Christmas without them.

As we have moved away from being a sugar-filled household, we learned that Christmas actually can occur without the powdered sugar and buttery goodness of a Mexican Wedding Cake.

But my husband missed them.

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So when I decided to “real food” a few favorite Christmas cookie recipes, I put my mother-in-law’s Mexican Wedding Cake recipe at the top of the list.

And apparently the Goddess of the Household and Happy Husbands was looking kindly upon me as I started baking… because they were the only cookies that really turned out well!

And so I present Real Food Mexican Wedding Cakes


1 cup good, grass-fed butter (like this), softened Note: My mother-in-law’s recipe calls for unsalted butter, but I used salted butter this time; I think I probably always use salted butter, because I am disorganized

4 T powdered sugar — I used Sucanat (get it here) and powdered it myself as per Whole New Mom’s instructions

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups sprouted flour (get it here)

1 cup chopped pecans

Mexican Wedding Cakes // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers


Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, then flour. Fold in nuts.

Shape into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 15 – 18 minutes.

While still warm, roll in powdered sugar. If you are using white powdered sugar, you will probably have to roll them twice to get a good coating. I only rolled these once.

These were good straight out of the oven, and delicious on the second day.

Mexican Wedding Cakes // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Adventures in Powdering Sugar

Yeah, about that, it could have worked better. Personally, I blame my blender rather than the instructions! Whole New Mom recommends using a Vitamix , but I made do with my well-used and abused Ninja… and the sugar wasn’t exactly powdered.  And because I used Sucanat the resulting powdered sugar was brown–duh–and led to a few not-so-nice comparisons between my cookies and miniature horse apples!

If you are really settled on white sugar, you can get organic, GMO-free, fair trade powdered sugar here

But, rest assured, once people start eating them, all complaints on appearance will disappear immediately!

Mexican Wedding Cakes // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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Real Food Christmas Cookies: Mexican Wedding Cakes // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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7 Responses to Real Food Mexican Wedding Cakes

  1. Hi Christine,
    I feel like I have made a new friend. I just hopped over to your blog and I fell in love with your wonderful world!
    In addition to this mouthwatering ‘renovated” recipe for Mexican Wedding Cakes (how loving of you) —
    I browsed your blog and found your delightful recipe for Divine Hot Chocolate with Wine. I look forward to reading more…
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me. Have a wonderful holiday! And thank you so much for sharing your brilliance with us on the
    Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop. I appreciate it!

  2. onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

    Thank you! What a lovely thing to say! 🙂
    And I am so glad I found your blog! So many blogs I see are about homesteading with their cows and chickens and acres and blizzards and it is all wonderful… but I really think us city girls need to stick together!

  3. Thanks so much for linking up to Natural Family Friday!

  4. Kathi says:

    These sound very good! Thank you for sharing your recipe at the HomeAcre Hop; I can’t wait to see what you will share with us next!
    Kathi @

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