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Italian Wedding Cookies March 29, 2012

Filed under: Dessert,Italian,Recipes — multiculturalfamilyrecipes @ 1:17 pm



  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground almonds
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 365°
  2. Cream butter in a bowl, and gradually add confectioners powdered sugar and salt. Beat until light and fluffy. Add almonds and vanilla. Gradually blend in flour, and mix well.
  3. Using a teaspoon, scoop dough and shape into a small ball for each cookie. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake cookies for for about 15-20 minutes. Make sure cookies do not brown.
  4. Allow cookies to cool slightly, and then roll each cookie in remaining powdered sugar.


These cookies have always been my favorite. This is a recipe I use to make these cookies, and everyone I make them for adores them. “Italian Wedding cookies” are often referred to as “Mexican Wedding Cookies”, “Russian Tea Cakes” or even “Butterballs”. I love to make these because I almost always have the ingredients on hand, and can be made with or without almonds. Enjoy!



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