This month I am sharing an array of traditional Christmas desserts from around the world.
If you haven’t read my previous posts on this tour of Christmas desserts start here and work your way through each post. We have been to Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, and Spain.
Today we will be making the traditional cookie of Mexico;
Mexican Butter Cookies or Galletas con Chochitos.
Mexican Butter Cookies are chewy, buttery flavored cookies topped with sprinkles of your choosing. They can be served any time of the year and are a delight to all who eat them.
Mexican Christmas Traditions-
In Mexico, Christmas is celebrated from December 12th to January 6th.
From December 16th to Christmas Eve, children often perform the ‘Posada’ processions or Posadas. Posada is Spanish for Inn or Lodging. There are nine Posadas. These celebrate the part of the Christmas story where Joseph and Mary looked for somewhere to stay. For the Posadas, the outside of houses are decorated with evergreens, moss and paper lanterns.
In each Posada, children are given candles and a board, with painted clay figures of Mary riding on a donkey and Joseph, to process around the streets with. They call at the houses of friends and neighbors and sing a song at each home. The song they sing is about Joseph and Mary asking for a room in the house. But the children are told that there is no room in the house and that they must go away. Eventually, they are told there is room and are welcomed in! When the children go into the house they say prayers of thanks and then they have a party with food, games, and fireworks.
Each night a different house holds the Posada party. At the final Posada, on Christmas Eve, a manger and figures of shepherds are put on to the board. When the Posada house has been found, a baby Jesus is put into the manger and then families go to a midnight Church service. After the Church service, there are more fireworks to celebrate the start of Christmas.
Who doesn’t love a chewy butter cookie with sprinkles, like these Mexican Butter Cookies?
We hope you have enjoyed all of these International cookies and desserts. Put them all together and they make a lovely tray to give to friends and neighbors as Christmas treats.
Until Next Time…..Travel On!
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 8 Tbsp. butter softened
- 1 tsp. Mexican vanilla
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- sprinkles for decorating
- Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, whisk slightly.
- In a stand mixer, beat together sugar, butter, and vanilla until fluffy.
- Add yolks one at a time while beating continuously.
- Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Roll dough into a 12" long cylinder.
- Cut the cylinder into 3 pieces; roll each cylinder into a 12" long cylinder.
- Cut each cylinder into twelve- 1" pieces. Roll each into a ball and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Flatten each ball and then press your finger into the middle to create a divet.
- Chill for 1 hour.
- Heat oven to 300 degrees
- Brush each ring with egg white; dip into sprinkles to coat.
- Return to baking sheets; bake for 15 minutes.
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