Mexican Cinnamon Cookies Recipe
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Mexican Cinnamon Cookies Recipe

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My extended family shares a meal every Sunday. The aunts and uncles take turns bringing everything from main dishes to desserts like this traditional Mexican cinnamon cookie called Reganadas. —Adan Franco, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:144 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 144 servings


  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 2 cups lard
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 47 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Place egg white in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, beat lard until creamy. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; gradually beat into lard.
  3. Beat egg white on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently whisk in sugar and egg yolk. Gradually beat into lard mixture. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 8-10 times.
  4. Divide dough into six portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 24-in.-long rope; cut diagonally into 1-in. pieces. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Roll warm cookies in cinnamon sugar mixture or confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 12 dozen.
Originally published as Mexican Cinnamon Cookies in Taste of Home April/May 2016, p38

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ms11145 User ID: 1604521 257565
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2016

"I couldn't use the lard. I subbed 1 cup butter and 1 cup shortening. Good recipe and will go well with the rest of the Christmas cookies I made."

LindaS_WI User ID: 7202558 247496
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2016

"I haven't seen a recipe calling for lard in a very long time so this one took me aback at first. I then remembered something similar my grandmother made many moons ago so i decided to give this a shot. They are so delicious. I like the cinnamon sugar coated version a little better but both are delicious. And like jinlorenza mentioned below, it makes 144 cookies so we're not talking a ton of sat fat per cookie."

jinlorenza User ID: 6641107 247062
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2016 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

"The 2 cups lard shocked me too, and thought for sure it had to be wrong! But then I looked at the servings, and the recipe is for 144 servings, so it makes more sense. :) They look good for me to try too!"

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