Galletas Elena (Mexican Cookies)

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by Chocolatl

This came from Elena Zelayeta's Elena's Secrets of Mexican Cooking. She claims, though, that she is not the Elena of the title, but that this is a popular cookie in Mexico. Kids like the nonpareils

Top Review by realbirdlady

A nice basic cookie, with easy attractive decorating options. I use margarine, rather than butter - the cookies flattened a little in the oven, but were still tasty. We played around with other decorations besides nonpareils, and decided we like the mexican coarse-grained sugar best. (Cocoa/cinammon was tasty, but not very attractive.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Beat the butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla extract together.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, and sift them into the butter mixture. Stir to make a smooth dough.
  4. Shape the dough into small balls. Poke your thumb in the center of each ball to make a hole, and shape into rings.
  5. Dip each ring in nonpareils.
  6. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheets for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  7. Cool before storing.

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