Virtual Vegan Potluck /// Mexican Wedding Pumpkin Cookies

Hello November! Let’s welcome you in with a potluck, shall we? For everyone following the virtual vegan potluck, I hope you are enjoying scanning through copious amounts of vegan fare from all over the world! And for those of you who are regulars and have no idea what a virtual potluck even is, please feel free to scroll to the bottom of the page and check out the wonderful recipes that other bloggers made as part of this potluck.

Anyhow, I decided to be festive and made pumpkin cookies. I know, I know. Pumpkin is for October and Halloween but I don’t care! It’s totally delicious and I’m having too much fun turning regular recipes into fall ones. Plus, these cookies are [literally] rolled in sugar…how can that be bad?

Mexican Wedding Pumpkin Cookies

  • 1/2 cup canola or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • dash of cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling the cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the oil, pumpkin, sugar, and vanilla. Once combined, turn the mixer down to low and slowly add in the cinnamon, ginger, all spice, clove, salt, and flour. Lastly, add in the chopped pecans (the dough will be VERY stiff and thick – perfect for shaping!).

Roll the dough into evenly sized balls (about the size of a golf-ball) and place on the cookie sheet (they won’t expand much so you don’t have to worry about them being too close together). Cook for about 15 minutes or until they start to slightly turn brown.

While still warm, roll the cookies in powdered sugar to completely coat them.

Scarf down with some warm chai tea or while snuggling under a warm blanket!


Also, don’t forget to check out the giveaway I am hosting and click on the images below to see more from the Virtual Vegan Potluck!



  • Lou
    November 1, 2012

    Your photos are glorious – love the look of your blog…. really looking forward to sculking around and reading more 🙂

  • trueindigo
    November 1, 2012

    Look at these little cuties! I love a good pumpkin cookie and they are like nothing I have ever tried. I look forward to treating my family to a batch soon!

  • tearoomdelights
    November 1, 2012

    What a beautiful page you have, and your cookies sound utterly delicious. I love your teacup too, very pretty.

    • shellywest
      November 1, 2012

      Thanks! I inherited them from my grandma!

  • ElephantBelly
    November 1, 2012


  • The Healthy Flavor
    November 1, 2012

    Omg those look so good and I love the name of those cookies!! Following your blog now 🙂

  • An Unrefined Vegan
    November 1, 2012

    Fantastic to get some pumpkin into those gorgeous little bites! Thank you for participating in the Potluck!

    • shellywest
      An Unrefined Vegan
      November 1, 2012

      Thanks so much for hosting it!

  • myhealthyohana
    November 1, 2012

    I love Mexican wedding cookies (my mom always called them melting moments, haha!). We would always have them at Christmas time. I can’t wait to try these with pumpkin, great idea!!

    • shellywest
      November 1, 2012

      oh! I like the name melting moments! I was trying to do some research last night and find a more…appropriate name for them but couldn’t! Darn! Wish I would have known that one!

  • Shira
    November 1, 2012

    What beautiful cookies and even more beautiful photos! I love mexican wedding cookies too 🙂 Happy VVP!

  • Food Stories
    November 1, 2012

    Just making my way through the VVP & wanted to say hey 🙂

  • Brittany
    November 1, 2012

    THESE are perfect for fall!! I lovee the pumpkin addition. They look delicious!

  • Vanessa
    November 1, 2012

    These look so good! I love the bright yellow/orange color!

  • A Tablespoon of Liz
    November 1, 2012

    These look so good! I used to eat mexican wedding cookies all the time, I love how you made them with pumpkin!

  • Kristy
    November 1, 2012

    These look so good! And your photography is gorgeous too!

  • infinebalance
    November 1, 2012

    So yummy! Gorgeous photos too! Glad I found your blog

  • K-bobo @ Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo
    November 1, 2012

    Looks fantastic, have bookmarked this to try! Nice to meet you at the potluck!

    • shellywest
      K-bobo @ Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo
      November 2, 2012

      Wonderful meeting you as well!

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  • Gabby @ the veggie nook
    November 2, 2012

    These are so beautiful- who cares that it’s October- pumpkin is ALWAYS a good idea 🙂

    Happy VVP!

    • shellywest
      Gabby @ the veggie nook
      November 2, 2012

      Glad we are on the same page, Gabby!

  • Somer
    November 2, 2012

    Oh my goodness, I all ready love Mexican wedding cookies, but then you go and add pumpkin! Fantastic! Thanks so much for being part of the potluck!

  • Somer
    November 2, 2012

    p.s. would you mind updating your go forward and go back buttons so that they link to the blogs in the lineup next to yours permalinks? That way the potluck stays as a blog circle! Thanks again 🙂

  • Allison
    November 2, 2012

    These sound awesome! Such a genius vegan recipe adaptation, with the pumpkin puree to hold it all together. Yum.

  • thecrueltyfreereview
    November 2, 2012

    I haven’t had a good Mexican wedding cookie in a while…guess this is my excuse to make my own!

  • Janyce
    November 3, 2012

    These look amazing!!!!!!!!!!

  • Starr
    November 3, 2012

    mmm, I love Mexican Wedding Cookies. Pumpkin sounds like a delicious twist!

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