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    Galletas Elena (Mexican Cookies)

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    25 mins

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    Chocolatl's Note:

    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

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    Serves: 30



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

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 24, 2009


      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.)

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    • on April 22, 2010


      What a delicious, easy and fun cookie! I did not need to refrigerate the dough and had no problem rolling the balls immediately after making the dough. Made for Sweet Traditions.

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    • on May 17, 2009


      We loved these cookies! They had a nice vanilla flavor. They were kind of like buttery sugar cookies. My little girl had fun decorating them but beware- the dough is soft and needs to be chilled for about 2 hours in order to roll it inot the little balls. We ended up with 22 cookies so I guess I made them a little bigger than I was supposed to. Made for ZWT5 for the Kitchen Witches.

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    Nutritional Facts for Galletas Elena (Mexican Cookies)

    Serving Size: 1 (16 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 30

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 72.4
    Calories from Fat 31
    Total Fat 3.5 g
    Saturated Fat 2.1 g
    Cholesterol 27.0 mg
    Sodium 67.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 4.4 g
    Protein 0.9 g

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