Galletas de Navidad - Mexican Christmas Cookies

Either blackberry and apricot jam are used in this Galletas de Navidad recipe. Both fruits are produced in great quantity in late summer and enjoyed during the cooler months. Of course, you can use your favorite fruit preserve in these Christmas cookies.

Add a little south of the border flair to your holiday recipes and make these cookies for friends and family to enjoy. Galletas de Navidad are considered to be the quintessential Mexican Christmas cookie recipe.

To make your Galetas de Navidad recipe:

1 1/2 c. butter, at room temperature
1/3 c. sugar
3 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 eggs, separated
3/4 c. sugar
juice of 1 lime2 1/2 c. fruit preserves
1/2 c. Grand Marnier
1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
3/4 c. chopped walnuts


Mix the butter, 1/3 cup sugar and flour until well blended. Add the vanilla and egg yolks and mix until a large ball can be formed.

Knead the dough 4 to 5 minutes, dust with flour, cover with plastic and refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease two cookie sheets.

Beat the egg whites until stiff and gradually add 3/4 cup sugar and the lime juice. Beat for 1 minute, until the mixture is shiny.

On a large, floured surface roll out the dough. Transfer it to the greased cookie sheets and continue to roll out until very thin.

Combine the preserves and the Grand Marnier, then spread the mixture over the dough. Cover the preserves with the beaten egg white mixture and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and chopped walnuts.

Bake for 45-60 minutes or until egg whites are golden brown and crispy. Remove from oven. Allow to cool and cut into squares. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

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