Wedding Cookies

Bride outside the walls of Old Jerusalem, Israel.

Weddings follow me. Honestly they do. I have a girlfreind who used to say that bagpipes follow her, and sure enough  a bagpiper (?) appeared in the park around the corner of our neighborhood. For me it’s weddings– out of the blue, I  stumble upon  complete wedding parties. The most recent? High atop Mount Soledad in San Diego, and today in the woods behind my parent’s home. These were preceded by a bride outside the Walls of Old Jerusalem, and in the hotel on a recent trip to Princeton, NJ, which was hosting not one but two Indian weddings.

For brides everywhere here are some  yummy wedding cookies, which you’ll find called Italian wedding cookies, Mexican Wedding Cookies, German Drop Cookies and Russian Tea Cakes, among other names.  The one thing they have in common is their ingredients– ground nuts, butter and powdered sugar. They’re delicious no matter where you find them.

German Drop (Wedding) Cookies

These simple tasting and easy to make—no mixer required—sugar-pecan cookies are loaded with nuts and sprinkled with powdered sugar.You can make ahead and freeze the dough, well-wrapped, to thaw and bake at a later date.

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients with a spoon. Shape into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 20 minutes. Combine powdered sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Sift powdered sugar mixture over warm cookies or roll cookies in sugar mixture.


One thought on “Wedding Cookies

  1. This is such a wonderful post. The wedding photo is so beautiful as are the “wedding cookies”. I love these little crispy sweet bites that create a shower of powdered sugar on whatever you happen to be wearing, which for me is usually black! But each bite is so great I never care. I have never made these cookies but have had similar cookies all over the world and they always seem to be for celebrations of some sort. You have given us such a simple recipe I do think I will whip up a batch. Thanks. T

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