Sugar-dusted wedding cookies

Sugar-dusted wedding cookies

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes about 60-70 - easily increased
An English, shortbread-based version of the classic Mexican wedding cookie - perfect for homemade wedding favours

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  • Unbaked dough can be frozen


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  • 250g salted butter, softened
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, separated, plus 2 egg yolks



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  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g ground rice
  • 300g plain flour
  • 140g preserving sugar (or demerara sugar)


  1. In a large bowl, mix the butter, caster sugar, three yolks and vanilla with a wooden spoon until creamy. Stir in the ground rice and flour – you may need to get your hands in at the end to get all of the dry ingredients incorporated. Roughly divide the mixture into 3.

  2. Lay out 3 large sheets of greaseproof paper, and on each one, roll out a third of the dough into a long, thin sausage – about 1in thick. Use the paper to help you to roll it out as smoothly and evenly as possible. Lightly beat the egg white, then brush all over the dough. Scatter over the preserving sugar and roll so the dough is completely coated. Wrap up in the paper and carefully transfer to the fridge to chill for 30-40 mins until firm. At this stage you can freeze for up to 2 months, wrapped well in cling film.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Using a sharp knife, slice each roll into roughly 20-30 small biscuits. Arrange over baking parchment-lined baking trays – they will spread a little so leave gaps. Bake for 8-12 mins until pale golden. Cool on the trays until firm. Can also be frozen at this stage for up to a month.

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Comments (13)

jhonclark's picture

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
Serves:3 dozen cookies
CarbsPerServing:2 carbs per cookie
Prep Time:10 minutes
1 cup Atkins Bake Mix
4 oz cream cheese
1 cup Splenda
1 tsp sf vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 cup butter
1 pinch salt
1 large egg (or 2 small)
1 tsp baking soda
Chopped Almonds

How to Prepare:
Cream butter, cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, Splenda, almond extract,
salt, soda. Add Atkins bake mix until it is a consistancy that
allows you to roll. Roll into small ball and flatten into cookie and
sprinkle with chopped nuts. Bake at 365 (about 8 minutes). These do
not brown on top, watch carefully. They are easily crumbled. I also
use these crumbled up for cheese cake crust!

laura_steele_uk's picture

does anyone know if the dough can be cooked from frozen? also, can cooked dough be refrozen?

west1871's picture

Amazingly easy and tasted great, made these for a hen party surprise dinner, no-one believed they were homemade!

twinkle's picture

I got married on leap day last february and made these for all of our guests.
They were absolutely perfect for the day.
I love baking so this really hit the spot for our special day.
We packed them into 5's to reflect the meaning of health, wealth, happiness etc.

They were still tasted great when we got back from honeymoon

chloec271's picture

I made these as the favours at my wedding and I'm so pleased I did as not only were they a hit but also cheap and easy to make! I packaged them as above and then put 6 cookies in each bag - had 70 bags to make! But I planned my time - made the dough a few months in advance and then baked and packaged the cookies 2 days before the big day! Stayed lovely and fresh and it makes a very economical but personal favour! :)

nicholaking62's picture

I made these for all of the guests at my wedding and packaged them in cellophane bags similar to the ones shown. They went down really well, everyone loved them and many asked for the recipe. I made the dough a couple of months in advance and then baked them 2 days before the wedding and packaged them up. Taste delicious!

lfitch's picture

made these for my daughter's wedding - over 600 of them! Guests were scavenging them from other people's tables, once they'd eaten their own! Froze them, some pre cooking and some cooked and both were fine. A big hit.

rayhip's picture

Going to use these as wedding favours next year. The cookies look slighlty different colours in the picture, how is this achieved or is it just the way the picture was taken?

louiseduffy's picture

I made these biscuits for my wedding favours in august and they went down a treat. Really easy to make and good as you can get a lot of individual biscuits out of a batch. I put culinary lavendar in them to give them a french summer feel. They are also easy to freeze and defrost so can be made weeks in advance.

nicholaking62's picture

Really easy recipe but very tasty. A hit

natvy1983's picture

A gift from god!! I have done a trial of the cookies that I will be offering as wedding favours in October and they are absolutely fabulous!!!

debs3693's picture

Hi there, i have never heard of ground rice - would i buy it ready-ground or should i grind it myself? i have a feeling i am asking a stupid question!

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laura_steele_uk's picture

quick question - does anyone know if the dough can be cooked from frozen, and if the cooked cookies can then be refrozen (until hopefully the night before the wedding!!!)

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