In Oaxaca, Mexico, these cookies are a traditional wedding favor for guests, where they are served in delicate pouches of ruffled white tissue paper. They are so delicious that many countries have their own variations. They are known as Russian Tea Cakes, Austrian Kipfel, Greek Kourambiethes, and in the U.S., Almond Butter Balls or Snowballs. The Mexican version is made with pecans, but pine nuts or slivered almonds are also very, very good. Use real butter for the full effect. The recipe below is from my mother, Barbara White, who has been baking them for over sixty years.

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• 1 cup salted butter, very soft
• 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1/8 tsp almond extract (if you use almonds)
• 2 cups flour
• 1 cup slivered almonds, roasted
• 2 cups powdered sugar to roll cookies in

Stir together the butter and sugar until thoroughly mixed. Add flavorings and stir, then stir in flour and nuts until well blended. Form into one-inch balls. Refrigerate them until firm – this helps keep their round shape during baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and when ready to bake, place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet, bake for 20 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown. While still hot, roll in powdered sugar.

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Jeanne and her husband David launched My Own Labels in January of 2000. It was a spin-off of their successful graphic design firm, plus it allowed Jeanne to incorporate her love of baking, making, sewing and creating. Today David and Jeanne continue to be the heart of the operation both creatively and practically.


  1. I’ve been searching for a wedding favor idea and this will be perfect! Since my family is mexican it feels apart of my heritage. I’m so excited to make these myself. Thank you for the recipe!

  2. HI, How long will they last? I would love to bake these – as I love baking – but we are going to be leaving about a week before our wedding. I think they wouldn’t be very good by then.

  3. I love these cookies! And I think this is what my fiance and I want to use as our favors, since he is from Mexico. What size box did you use?

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