At traditional Italian weddings there is usually a dessert or sweet table with a cake and large
trays of cookies. One of the typical cookies served is Italian Wedding Cookies. It is also
common to see the same cookies referred to as Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea
Cakes. They are all made from the same base ingredients including butter, confectioner’s
sugar, flour, some type of chopped nuts and vanilla extract. The ingredients are mixed
together and either rolled into small balls or shaped into crescent moons. Italian Wedding
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Place the almonds in a food processor. Pulse until finely ground but not
Beat the butter and 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar with an electric mixer until
light and fluffy. Add 1 cup of the flour, vanilla, and salt. Beat until well blended.
Add the remaining cup of flour and the ground almonds; beat to combine.
Form dough into a ball, wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Roll pieces of the dough into 1-inch balls.
Place the balls 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12 to 15
minutes or until pale golden brown. Let cookies rest on cookie sheets for 2
Spread 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar on another baking sheet. Roll the hot
cookies in the sugar. Sprinkle additional sugar over the tops. Allow the
cookies to cool completely in the sugar. Sift more sugar over the cookies
before serving. Store covered at room temperature.