Our Family Christmas Cookie Recipes: Week 1

November 25, 2014, In: Baking, Christmas, Cookies, Food and Drink

Mexican Wedding Cakes

As much as I love Pinterest, there is something about a hand-written recipe on an index card that Pinterest can’t offer. Maybe it is the memories, the traditions, or maybe just because I can depend on them. I’ve made them for years, my Mom has made them for years, I know how they will turn out! I like to look at the handwriting, my mother’s penmanship. The same penmanship I would read every summer when I went off to camp and she would send me letters, or when I stayed home sick and she penned my note to get back into school. For me, those hand-written recipes mean so much more.

Sharleen and I decided to pulled out a few of our Mom’s best Christmas cookie recipes and will share them with you over the next few weeks. Rather than photograph, I decided to illustrate them in an infographic style, which turned out to be so much fun! How often do you find yourself digging through your cupboard looking for a bottle of vanilla to sketch?

Welcome to week one and first up are Mexican Wedding Cakes. Sugar and butter, and more sugar… what’s not to love about these cookies? They’re easy to make and relatively inexpensive. Add them to your list!

Next week, Sharleen will share our buckeye recipe so make sure you check back! Enjoy.

Salute, Denise

See the other posts in this series here:
Week 2: Buckeyes
Week 3: Mrs. Claus’ Fudge
Week 4 (Part 1): Brown-Eyed Susans
Week 4 (Part 2): Magic Carpets

Our Family Christmas Cookies: Mexican Wedding Cakes


  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • extra confectioners sugar


  1. Cream butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla together until mixture is thoroughly blended and light.
  2. Add nuts, then gradually blend in the flour.
  3. Shape into balls about 3/4 inch in diameter. Place about half inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets and bake in a 325 degree oven for 30 min (cookies should be creamy in color).
  4. Remove to wire racks and cool until just warm. Roll in a little extra confectioners sugar. Cool thoroughly and roll again in confectioners sugar.

This art is available on Society6!

  1. Reply

    This makes me SO happy! I do this to some of my own recipes to display in my kitchen and have never seen anyone else do it! Your illustration is just gorgeous. The recipe looks tasty too.

    • Reply

      Thank you Jenni! I had so much fun illustrating this! I was thinking they would look good hanging in the kitchen. I may just do that now 🙂

    • Skye
    • November 26, 2014

    This came out just beautifully. Thank for sharing it with us. I’ll tweet it out next week when folks are over the turkey/etc. phase and into full-on Christmas prep! 🙂

    • Reply

      Thanks Skye! Happy Thanksgiving!

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