Classic Christmas Sandies


Wrap up these favorite holiday cookies in a pretty paper stocking to give as a sweet holiday treat.

christmas sandies cookies

Brie Goldman

Prep Time:
35 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
55 cookies

The recipe for these tender buttery shortbread-style cookies (also known as Mexican wedding Cookies) came on the scene in the 1995 Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Cookies magazine. The look just like snowballs.


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cup finely chopped pecans, toasted

  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in the water and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour and the pecans. Cover; chill for 30 to 60 minutes or until firm enough to shape.

  2. Preheat oven to 325°F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake about 15 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks; cool. Place the 1 cup powdered sugar in a large plastic bag. Add cookies to bag in batches. Gently shake to coat.

Chocolate-Covered Sandies:

Prepare as directed, except decrease the 1 cup powdered sugar to 3/4 cup and stir in 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Shake cooled cookies in cocoa powder mixture.

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

80 Calories
6g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 80
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 18mg 0%
Folate, total 8.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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