Hojarascas using my grandfather’s recipe.

Hojarascas are traditional Mexican cookies that are often made with simple ingredients like flour, sugar, butter, and cinnamon. They have a crumbly texture and are often enjoyed with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Here’s how you can make Hojarascas using your grandfather’s recipe:


  • 3lbs of vegetable shortening
  • 5 pounds flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 6 tablespoons ground cinnamon sticks
  • 6 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • Cinnamon/sugar topping:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon


Bring water with 1 cinnamon stick to a boil. Set aside to cool. Put shortening, flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a big bowl or pan. Cut with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse cornmeal.
Pour in water and work into a dough ball. Roll out dough to 1/4” thickness and cut with a cookie cutter. Bake at 400 for 18-20 min. Roll in cinnamon & sugar mixture.
* I do not own a molcajete so I cheat and just use 12 tablespoons of ground cinnamon.

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