Cuernitos de Nuez (Butter Pecan Cookies)

I usually make biscochos and give them as gifts for Christmas, but this year I decided to add another classic Mexican cookie to my gift giving. Because of the snow-white powdered sugar coating, cuernitos (little horns) and biscochos are usually referred to as Mexican weddings cookies. I’d rather make these in winter because of the confectioner’s sugar. If the weather is too hot they tend to absorb the sugar, so I refrigerate them in an airtight container until ready to eat. These delicate, buttery cookies, which get their crunchy texture from pecans and a sugar coating, melt in your mouth.

These festive sugary cookies are absolutely perfect for gift giving and your friends and family will be very happy when they receive these homemade special treats for the holidays. Give the gift of food and give a gift with a homemade touch. All dressed up in pretty packaging, these cookies are certain to deliver joy not to mention the fact that they will be inhaled almost immediately.

Cuernitos de Nuez (Butter Pecan Cookies)

Yield: Makes about 80 to 85 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • Confectioner’s sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl beat butter, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until creamy.
  3. Gradually, beat in flour, salt, and chopped pecans.
  4. To shape the cookies, take a generous tablespoon of dough and roll it into a log. Place it on the prepared cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and shape it into a crescent by pressing the edges and bending them slightly. Repeat until all the dough is used.
  5. Space them about 1/2 inch apart on the cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly golden.
  7. While cookies are still warm, dust with confectioner’s sugar.
  8. Dough can be prepared one day in advance. Keep dough in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.
  9. Once cookies are baked they can be stored for one week in an airtight container.

Written by Vangie / Photos by Yvette

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  1. Delicious! Those remind me a little of Mexican Wedding cookies (the composition, not the shape)…



  2. Mmmm, these sound delicious. And so pretty!

  3. I love making cookies like these, so perfect with coffee or tea. I agree with Rosa too. Going to peek around at a few more of your recipes! Visiting from

  4. Love these! Funny I just posted a recipe for almond crescent cookies which are very similar to the Mexican wedding cookies you’re describing here.

  5. cookies sound great! i love your “joy” photo–very creative!

  6. Not only do I love this kind of cookie, but I love, love, love your photos. What a wonderful gift!

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