Mexican Butter Cookies – 2010 Cookie Challenge

5 Dec 2010 by Claire, 8 Comments »

I’ve been a long time away from the blog, but there’s nothing like the holiday season to get me cooking again – especially when I have such lovely compatriots to inspire me into buttery deliciousness!  We stalwart cookie makers are cutting back a bit this year – one recipe for each week of December – but are trying out Saveur’s Best Cookies In The World as our choices for the Cookies We Love challenge!

I’m joined in the effort by: Andrea of Andrea’s Recipes, Courtney of Coco Cooks,Di of Di’s Kitchen Notebook, Judy of No Fear Entertaining, Kelly of Sass & Veracity, Michelle of Big Black Dogs, RJ of Flamingo Musings, Sandy of At the Baker’s Bench

, and Tiffany of The Nesting Project.

These Galletas con Chochitos (Mexican Butter Cookies) caught my eye right away – my double love for butter cookies and sprinkles would both be satisfied!  They are a very nice, easy cookie, and with the extra sparkle of my sprinkles, I think they make a festive addition.  I particularly like how the salt balances with the sweet – these will be hard to keep away from.

Read on for the recipe!

Mexican Butter Cookies with Sprinkles

(adapted from Saveur)

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse  kosher salt
3/4 cup sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 egg yolks
1 egg white, lightly beaten
Multicolored sprinkles, for decorating

Blend flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.  In the bowl of a mixer, beat softened butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy.  Turn the mixer down to low and add the dry ingredients, and then raise speed to blend well.

Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Divide dough into three pieces, and roll each into a 12″ long cylinder.  Cut the cylinder into inch long sections.  Roll each piece of dough into a ball and place on the paper-covered baking sheet.  Use your finger to press a hole through the middle of the cookie.  Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Remove the cookies from the fridge.  lightly beat the egg white, brush the tops of the cookies with the egg, then dip in a bowl with the sprinkles.  Repeat for the entire tray of cookies.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden around the edges and on the bottom.

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  1. RJ Flamingo says:

    These caught my eye, too, and are definitely on my to-make list. So pretty, and I don’t think anything beats a simple butter cookie!

  2. Welcome back! These look divine and seem perfect, not to sweet.

  3. Di says:

    Those look delicious! We love sprinkles around here, so these are probably on my list, too. My girls will have fun with them.

  4. Judy says:

    Love the festive sprinkles on these Claire!

  5. Ooo, shiny! These are next on our list. I love good butter cookies and the boys love to sprinkle anything, so we’ll have fun.

  6. Michelle says:

    I love how you decorated the cookies with the red and green sprinkles. They’re so festive looking. Gorgeous photos!!!

  7. Sandy says:

    These are so pretty, Claire. And they’re on my list too! Dangerous little things, huh? :)

  8. Kelly says:

    Salt and sweet sound perfect — and I do have some sprinkles. They’re one of the more festive looking cookies in the bunch, too. Decisions, decisions!

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