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Star-shaped hojarascas cookies on a wooden platter.
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5 from 18 votes

Hojarascas

Hojarascas are yummy Mexican shortbread cookies covered in a sweet cinnamon and sugar coating. Make a few dozen because one batch is just never enough.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 45 cookies
Calories: 107kcal

Ingredients

For the Cinnamon Tea:

For the Dough:

For the Sugar Coating:

Instructions

For the Cinnamon Tea:

  • In a small pot, add 1 cup water and the cinnamon stick.
  • Bring to a boil. Turn off heat and set aside.
  • Let this cool completely.

For the Dough:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the shortening and sugar.
  • Mix well.
  • Add salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and mix well.
  • Turn mixer off.
  • Add 1/2 of the flour. Mix only until combined.
  • Turn mixer off again.
  • Add the remaining 1/2 of the flour.
  • Mix only until combined.
  • Turn mixer off again.
  • Add half of the cooled cinnamon tea.
  • Turn mixer on low.
  • Add only the amount of tea necessary to bring the dough together. About 1/2 cup.
  • Turn mixer off and dust a clean surface and a rolling pin with flour.
  • Place cookie dough on the surface and roll it out evenly.
  • Cut out shapes using a cookies cutter.
  • Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.

For the Sugar Coating:

  • Mix the sugar and ground cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • Cool the cookies completely on a rack.
  • Carefully and gently add each cookie to the bowl and cover with the sugar coating.
  • Repeat until all the cookies have been coated.
  • Makes about 45 cookies. Enjoy!

Notes

These Hojarascas recipe is completely vegan. However, traditionally it is made with lard. You can swap out the shortening for lard 1:1. 
Please note: The tea needs to be completely cool before adding to the mixture.
Swap Out Option: For an extra special touch, use scrape out the beans from two vanilla pods instead.
While making the dough, scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is fully mixed. 
When rolling out the cookies: Do not add too much flour. Only the amount necessary to roll out and cut out the cookies. Adding too much flour will result in tough hojarascas.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg