Today I invite you to join me in the vast, vibrant, and flavorful world of Mexican Cookies, where each bite is a fiesta in your mouth! If you’re looking for something new to add to your cookie plate this holiday season, these recipes are an excellent place to start.

These Mexican cookie recipes are a celebration of rich traditions, familial warmth, and irresistible flavors. So, grab a café de olla, get cozy, and let’s dive into the sweet, spice-infused universe of Mexican cookies. ¡Vamos!

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Mexican Cookies — A Sweet Heritage

Mexican cookies are a testament to a rich culinary heritage that intertwines indigenous flavors with influences from Spain and beyond. Much like a tapestry, each cookie carries a story, a slice of history intricately baked into its delightful form. 

The arrival of Spanish colonizers brought new ingredients like wheat, sugar, and livestock (for lard), which melded with native flavors and techniques to birth many of the cookies we cherish today. 

Polvorones — A Melt-in-Your-Mouth Experience

Polvorones, or Mexican wedding cookies, are delightful orbs of joy that melt in your mouth, leaving behind a trace of sweetness. Almond flour and powdered sugar dance together in a tender crumb, often punctuated by a hint of vanilla or anise. Rolled in a snowy blanket of more powdered sugar, these cookies are a celebration on a plate, promising comfort in every bite.

Polvorones (Tri-Color Mexican Sugar Cookies)

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If you have visited a Mexican panaderia (bakery) you might have seen tri-color Mexican cookies, called polvorones. Traditional polvoronesare in the shape of a triangle, featuring pink, yellow, and dark chocolate colors. They are tender and lightly crunchy.
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4.50 (8 ratings)
 Because of the snow-white powdered sugar coating, cuernitos (little horns) and polvorones are also referred to as Mexican wedding cookies. These are vanilla-y and buttery and will literally melt in your mouth! Absolutely perfect for your holiday cookie exchange and as a homemade food gift for your friends and family!
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Biscochitos – A Traditional Treasure

Biscochitos carry the honor of being the state cookie of New Mexico, but their fame resonates across borders. Traditionally baked during Christmas, these anise-flavored cookies are kissed with cinnamon and sugar.

Biscochos (Mexican Wedding Cookies)

4.79 (19 ratings)
My mom makes biscochos every Christmas – It doesn’t feel like Christmas without them. Mexican Wedding Cookies are one of the most dreamy holiday cookies out there! Beautifully round, buttery, soft anise-scented cookies that are rolled in cinnamon sugar.
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Creative Twists and Modern Variations

Mexican cookies are versatile, inviting you to put your own spin on traditional recipes. From adding a hint of chili to chocolate cookies for a spicy kick, to drizzling cajeta over your favorite treats, the possibilities are endless. Experiment and infuse these cherished recipes with your own unique flavors. Here are a few of my favorite modern takes:

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

5 (5 ratings)
Mexican hot chocolate is a family tradition. My mom made this hot drink for me when I was young and now my children always ask for it on chilly winter evenings. These Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies are inspired by our favorite cozy beverage — melty chocolate with a hint of cinnamon and chili spice. They are the perfect Mexican Christmas cookie!
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Mexican Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

5 (14 ratings)
These yummy cookies have a perfectly fudgy interior, a lightly crisp exterior, and are flavored with cinnamon spice and Mexican chocolate. If you are also a lover of all thing’s chocolate, try my Mexican Chocolate Crinkle Cookie recipe this holiday season!
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oblong silver serving platter with a batch of mexican hot chocolate oatmeal cookies garnished with branches of pine tree.

Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

4.72 (14 ratings)
These cookies are made with Mexican chocolate, chocolate chips, oatmeal, and a combination of chopped pecans and walnuts. They taste soft and gooey, warm out of the oven and light and crunchy once cooled.
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Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Shortbread Cookies)

4.73 (11 ratings)
Alfajores are very popular in Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Brazil. These are delicate little cookies dusted in powdered sugar. I took one bite and was in heaven. Buttery and tender with a rich and creamy caramel center. 
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silver serving platter of cajeta peanut butter cookies on a red and green tablecloth.

Peanut Butter Cajeta Cookies

Sweet, salty, crunchy, crispy, and caramelly, these Cajeta Peanut Butter Cookies truly have it all. A classic peanut butter cookie recipe gets gussied up with the addition of goat's milk caramel and roasted peanuts for a modern, Mexican-inspired twist on the American favorite.
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Mexican Chocolate Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cookies

5 (1 rating)
These cookies are light and crunchy, but tender at the same time and full of chocolaty and cinnamon flavor.
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Cajeta Thumbprint Cookies

5 (2 ratings)
Adding orange extract and orange zest to the dough gives these soft and tender cookies a subtle citrus flavor. Perfect for the holidays!
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Pine Nut Cookies with Ground Chile

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I like when a cookie has an unexpected flavor. And these pine nut cookies totally fit that bill. They are not too sweet which I love, they are nutty, and my favorite part is they have a little kick of spice. Toasted pine nuts and cream cheese lend these crumbly-chewy cookies rich flavor. Ground chile pepper adds a smoky note to each bite
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As the holiday season approaches, our homes resonate with the comforting hum of ovens, the clatter of cookie cutters, and the laughter of loved ones sharing cherished memories. This year, why not add a sprinkle of Mexican flair to your cookie plate? 

By introducing any of these traditional Mexican cookies into your holiday lineup, you’re not just offering a delectable bite, but a story, a journey, and a taste of a rich culture. So, amigos, as you roll out the dough and preheat your ovens, remember to infuse your bakes with love, joy, and a zest for adventure. 

Want a Mexican no-bake dessert? Try this buñuelos recipe for a timeless Christmas favorite.

Let’s make this holiday season a little sweeter, a little spicier, and absolutely unforgettable, together. ¡Felices Fiestas! 🍪🎉