Pecan Puffs (Aka Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Tea Cakes)

"One of our family favorite cookies for the holidays-- these are sooo melt-in-your-mouth delicious! These cookies go by many different names. If you desire, you may sub walnuts or hazelnuts for the pecans. I hope you enjoy!!!"
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4 dozen cookies




  • Cream butter, add sugar and remaining ingredients.
  • Roll into small balls, and place on cookie sheet.
  • Bake in 325 F oven for 30 minutes.
  • Roll balls into powdered sugar when hot, and again when cool.
  • Note: These cookies taste best when thoroughly cooled (ie best served the next day--if you can wait!).

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  1. These are amazing. I normally make them around christmas time for parties and they go fast! I don't really chop the pecans because you can't taste them. It tastes better with big chunks of pecans. Also be careful when rolling them in the powdered sugar. I put the sugar in a bowl and rolled them one or two at a time because they will break up.
  2. I made these for my cookie trays this year. My mom use to make them and so I thought I'd give it a try. Very easy to do. The only time consuming thing is rolling them in the sugar while they are still warm. I did end up putting less on the baking sheet the second batch, so they would be good and warm for the sugar "bath." Very good recipe. Thanks for sharing!
  3. These were really good! I think I must have used more pecans because they were more "pecanny" than I expected. But they were still great cookies and I am going to make them again and again as they are a favorite of our family and are great cookies.
  4. What a treasure, so easy to make, I would even say foolproof. I used walnuts as that is what I had but only 1 cup and they still tasted & looked like they came from a specialty shop. Next time I will try with the right amount of pecans but not sure there is much room for improvement. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe.
  5. Mmmm . . . these cookies are really good. I did make an adjustment, as I've been looking for a specific recipe with farina. Per BecR's advice in the recipe request forum, I followed her basic recipe but instead of adding in 2 cups of flour, I only added in 1 1/2 cups of flour and added in 1/2 cup of farina, along with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. Although they are not the exact cookie I was looking for, they still turned out to be a wonderful cookie! Thanks, Becky!


  1. I made 6 dozen today and used ground walnuts for a fund raiser. I also used almond extract instead of vanilla. I liked the idea that you didn't have to refrigerate the dough. The dough was easy to form, didn't fall apart and was easy to prepare.This is a four star rating for me. For some reason the stars do not want to stay on after choosing.


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