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cookies dusted with powdered sugar

Gluten-Free Mexican Wedding Cookies

  • Author: Miss AK
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes + 2 hours cool time
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes + 2 hours cool time
  • Yield: 1 and 1/2 dozen cookies 1x


Delicate and powdery Mexican Wedding Cookies (or Russian Tea Cakes) are made gluten free and healthier with almond meal. They’re insanely delicious!



  • 3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil, butter or ghee
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond meal (not almond flour – see notes)*
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • about 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Begin by combining the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Then, mix in the almond meal, brown rice flour and sea salt. Mix everything together until well combined and cover the bowl.
  3. Chill the dough in the fridge for at least two hours or overnight before baking.
  4. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F.
  5. Scoop out small, round dough balls (I use a small cookie scoop) and place them on a baking sheet lined wih parchment or a silpat. If you need to, roll the balls of dough with your hands to make them smooth, the dough will be a bit more crumbly than traditional cookie dough.
  6. Bake the cookies for about 13 minutes until just golden brown.
  7. While the cookies are still warm, roll each one in powdered sugar until they’re all totally covered.
  8. Best served with cold milk!


  • Almond meal is whole almonds ground to make a coarse meal – it kind of looks like fine couscous. Almond flour is blanched almonds processed down until they’re very fine – you can use it in this recipe but the cookies are more dense and dry. Here’s how to make your own almond meal.
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 113
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 9 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: cookies, mexican wedding cookies, russian tea cakes, powdered sugar, christmas cookies, gluten free, healthy baking

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