Pecan Shortbread

As I baked this pecan shortbread also known as a Mexican Wedding Cookie, it occurred to me I had no idea what I wanted to say about them. I usually have at least an idea of where a post could go, but today, I had nothing. In hopes procrastination would somehow magically transform into inspiration, I decided to clean out my desk drawers. And voilà, I a found a little card titled 40 Promises for Marriage.

I picked up this card from a table at Hyman’s Seafood while spending a weekend in Charleston a couple of summers ago. The restaurant keeps an assortment of cards on tables as food for thought while diners wait for their actual food. At least that is why I assume the cards are there. In addition to 40 Promises for Marriage, I also found a card titled Words Women Use.  I have shared those words below as they seem equally applicable to relationship success.


Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

Nothing: This means “something”, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with “nothing” usually end in “fine.”

Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, five minutes is actually 30 minutes. Five minutes is really only five minutes when a woman gives you permission to watch the game on television for five more minutes before she expects you to help out around the house.

Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission.

That’s Okay: This statement means a woman is going to think long and hard before deciding how and when she will make you pay for your mistake.

Pecan Shortbreads

Mexican wedding cookies remind me of the Keebler Pecan Sandies I was so fond of in my younger years. Except these cookies are better because they are, by nature of making them at home, fresher. Not to mention, covered in powdered sugar.

I found the cookies to be especially delicious when warmed in the microwave for a few seconds before eating. I enjoyed one with my coffee this morning and a few more as snacks this afternoon. Enjoy!

Pecan Shortbreads


Mexican Wedding Cookies
Serves: approx. 2½ dozen
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1½ cup confectioners' sugar, divided into 1 cup and ½ cup portions
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2¾ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  1. Beat the butter and 1 cup of the confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the vanilla, then mix in the flour and salt. Mix until well combined; the mixture will be grainy, almost like sand.
  3. Stir in the pecans, then form the dough by hand into small balls.
  4. Flatten the balls slightly (I found using my hands to gently press the dough together worked best) and place on greased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool, then toss in the remaining ½ cup of confectioners' sugar.

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