011This evening, we will be hosting our first annual Tamale Party in our new home. My husband and I have invited friends over for many, many years and have made a fun tradition out of it. This year we begin making memories with new friends in Tennessee.

When we were kids, we would often make this recipe but we called them “Sandies”. Im pretty sure My Aunt “Tia Graciela” gave us the original recipe. Today to keep with our Mexican Theme, we will call them “Mexican Wedding Cookies”.

They are a wondeful shortbread with nuts and powdered sugar. Always a hit and so simple to make!!

Recipe: Mexican Wedding Cookies/ Sandies

  • 1 cupbutter
  • 1/2 cupwhite sugar
  • 2 teaspoonsvanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoonswater
  • 2 cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1 cupchopped almonds
  • 1/2 cupconfectioners’ sugar


  1. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and water. Add the flour and almonds, mix until blended. Cover and chill for 3 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Shape dough into balls or crescents. Place on an unprepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from pan to cool on wire racks. When cookies are cool, roll in confectioners’ sugar. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

004 (Wrap dough in plastic ball for & place in Refer for 3 hours.

And then you have pure buttery Yumminess!!