Cinnamon Cookies {Mexican Dessert}

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Cinco de Mayo is coming up in a couple days, so I thought it would be fun to share another Mexican recipe with you. We actually tried these a few months ago. I can’t for the life of me remember why, but for some reason we were learning about Mexico. Probably a school project or something. Anyway, we needed a Mexican dessert, so we gave these a try.
They are a shortbread cookie and they just melt in your mouth. They are similar to the Mexican Wedding Cookies that everyone makes. I really liked the cinnamon flavor in these. We found that we enjoyed them even better when we rolled them in the sugar/cinnamon mixture a second time!
mexican dessert-recipe
Mexican Cinnamon Cookies (Polvorones de Canele)
1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar + 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Beat butter and sugar. Add cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. Stir in flour. Chill at least 1 hour. Roll in balls, then in sugar mixture. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely.
-Makes 2 dozen
-They are extra yummy if you roll them in more powdered sugar/cinnamon after they are cooled.
-We usually like warm cookies, but these are definitely better after cooling.


  1. Lacie @ Creative Attempts says

    my son and I made these yesterday and my now my husband and I are fighting over the last ones these are amazing!!

  2. Swamp Boy says

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  3. Amy C's says

    Kara, I'm SO making these tomorrow! My kids and hubby thank you!

  4. I love shortbread, and adding cinnamon can only be a good thing 🙂

  5. Kathleen says

    These sound really yummy. They will be perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

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