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Hojarascas Recipe

Hojarascas is a Spanish word that refers to the dry leaves from the trees. You know how when you walk over dry leaves...
Course Desserts
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 162kcal


  • cup plus 1 Tablespoon shortening 125 grams
  • ½ cup sugar 100 grams
  • 2 teaspoons ground Mexican cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 cups of flour 250 grams
  • ¼- cup sugar
  • 1 to 1 ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, beat the shortening until light and fluffy.
  • Add the sugar, cinnamon, and pinch of salt. Mix until well blended.
  • Gently stir in ¼ of the flour and mix. Add another ¼ of the flour and mix. Continue the process until all the flour has been incorporated.
  • Refrigerate the dough wrapped in plastic for at least 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease them with shortening.
  • To shape the cookies, divide the dough and, using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a ⅓-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. (I prefer to roll out the dough over parchment paper to easily remove the already shaped cookies) Cut out the cookies using a cookie cutter, or just make small balls with the dough and then press them down with your hand
  • or the bottom of a glass. Transfer to the already lined baking sheets, leaving about a one-inch space between each cookie.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes until the edges are turning light gold. The cookies will be very fragile, so let them cool on the baking sheets before you move them. If you try to move them right away, they will crumble.
  • Meanwhile, mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl or in a ziplock bag. Dust the cookies with the mixture of sugar and cinnamon and enjoy with a glass of milk.


If you want to prepare them the old fashion way, substitute the shortening of lard. Or you can also mix half shortening with half lard. The mix of these two is my favorite for these cookies.


Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 16mg | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.7mg