Espejo Mexican Cookie Recipe

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This espejo Mexican cookie recipe is very easy. Espejos, Spanish for mirrors, are a popular Mexican pan dulce. Learn how to make them at home step by step. They are easier than you might think.

espejo Mexican cookie tower

Cookies are a popular type of Mexican pan dulce, which can be found in different shapes, flavors, and finishes like polvorones, sprinkled cookies, and more.

What is an Espejo Pan Dulce?

This Mexican cookie, popular for “merienda,” is made of buttery shortbread and vanilla. It is firm when you hold one, but when you bite into it, it crumbles. It’s delicious.

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Types of Espejos

There are several types of Espejo cookies. Most are covered with white icing, although we see them with icing in other colors, especially pink.

They can also be found covered in melted chocolate.

Its name comes precisely from this reflective glaze, just like a mirror, as well as its round shape.

chocolate and glazed espejos pan dulce

They can be super thin, this type is a little more crisp, but crumbles more easily, too. But they can also be thick, like the ones we are making today. Their consistency is still firm but a little softer in the middle.

No matter how thick or thin you make them, both are delicious with that delicate flavor of butter, sugar, and vanilla.

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The Ingredients

This Mexican cookie is one of the easiest to prepare because it only requires a few basic ingredients: butter, sugar, salt, egg, vanilla, and flour.

butter, flour, egg, sugar, vanilla, salt

We recommend that you keep everything at room temperature. The butter should be soft to the touch but still firm.

Do I Need a Mixer to Make Espejos?

The answer is no, but if you have a mixer, the work is done much faster and with less effort.

However, it is important to say that when using a mixer, it’s also easier to over-mix the dough, so be careful.

When adding the flour, mix just long enough to integrate it, no more. In fact, I turn off the mixer while I can still see flour in the mixture, and finish integrating it with a spatula.

Mexican galleta espejo (mirror) on a rack

Tips

If you have a silicone pastry mat at home, use it. It will help with the cleaning process afterward.

The thickness of the cookie is important because it will define the baking time. If you have a rolling pin with thickness rings, use it. If you don’t, no problem, have a ruler nearby to measure.

When it is time to cut the cookies, work with half the dough first, it will make the job easier.

If it is a hot day and you notice that the mixture becomes extremely smooth when rolled out, return it to the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to firm it up again. And put the cut cookies in the fridge for 10-15 minutes before baking.

tower of pan dulce (espejo cookie)

Let’s make them!

Espejo Mexican Cookie Recipe

Prep time 5 minutes – Start to finish 1.5 hours

Makes 9 thick espejos

Ingredients

For the cookie dough

  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons butter (200 gr)
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar (100 gr)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (2 gr)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour (360 gr) + more for dusting

For the glaze

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar (100 gr)
  • 1 Tablespoon water (15 ml)
  • 3 drops of lemon or lime juice.
  • For chocolate espejos you will need 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate (120 gr)

Utensils

Process

Beat the butter until smooth, add the sugar and continue beating until it reaches a smooth and fluffy consistency, about 5 minutes.

Add the salt, egg, and vanilla and continue beating until everything is well combined.

Lower the speed and gradually integrate the flour without over-working the dough. It should have a sandy consistency.

cookie dough in a mixer bowl

Stop the mixer and put the dough on top of some plastic wrap. Take two corners of the wrap, lift and push together, rotating the wrap until you get a smooth and compact dough (See video). Cover tightly and refrigerate for 30-40 minutes.

cookie dough on plastic wrap

Pre-heat the oven to 350° F (180 °C).

Take half of the dough (return the other half to the refrigerator) and place it on a lightly floured surface. Flour the rolling pin as well, and roll the dough out to a thickness of 3/4 cm (a little less than 1/2 inch).

Cut the dough with a 10 cm diameter (about 4 inch) mold and place the cookies on a baking sheet that is greased or covered with parchment paper or a silicone pastry mat.

round cookie cutter on top of cookie dough

Gather the pieces of dough that are left after cutting the cookies and roll them out to continue cutting. Repeat with the other half.

Important Note: You have to work the dough as quickly as possible because you don’t want the butter to melt. If the weather is warm, put the cookies in the fridge as you form them.

Once you have cut all the cookies, you will surely have a little dough left; make a ball, flatten it with your hand or with the rolling pin, and place it with the rest of the cookies.

Put them in the fridge for 5 min.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges and bottom are golden brown.

Remove from the oven, cool for about 3 minutes, and carefully transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

round cookies on top of racks

When the cookies are freshly baked, they are a bit brittle, but they take on a firmer consistency once they cool.

When the cookies are completely cold, prepare the frosting. Mix the three ingredients, sugar, water, and lemon juice, until it is very thick and spreadable.

White glaze in a bowl, next to cookies.

Take one of the cookies, and with a spatula, cover it with the glaze. Repeat until finished with all the espejos. When the frosting cools, it will look shiny like a mirror, but don’t expect to see yourself in it.

For chocolate, instead of the sugar frosting, melt the chocolate and coat the cookies with it while it is hot.

Enjoy!

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Espejo Mexican Cookie Recipe

This espejo Mexican cookie recipe is very easy. Espejos, Spanish for mirrors, are a popular Mexican pan dulce. Learn how to make them at home step by step. They are easier than you might think.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 25 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 9
Calories: 399kcal

Ingredients

For the cookie dough

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 100 gr
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 gr
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour 360 gr + more for dusting

For the glaze

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 100 gr
  • 1 Tablespoon water 15 ml
  • 3 drops of lemon or lime juice.
  • For chocolate espejos you will need 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate 120 gr

Utensilios

  • Mixer (optional)
  • Medium bowl (if you are not using a mixer)
  • Spatula
  • Pastry silicone mat (optional)
  • Wooden rolling pin or rolling pin with rings for thickness
  • Plastic wrap
  • Baking sheets
  • Parchment paper, or silicone mat that fits your baking sheet
  • Cookie cutter (10 cm)
  • Icing spatula
  • Cooling racks

Instructions

  • Beat the butter until smooth, add the sugar and continue beating until it reaches a smooth and fluffy consistency, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the salt, egg, and vanilla and continue beating until everything is well combined.
  • Lower the speed and gradually integrate the flour without over-working the dough. It should have a sandy consistency.
  • Stop the mixer and put the dough on top of some plastic wrap. Take two corners of the wrap, lift and push together, rotating the wrap until you get a smooth and compact dough (See video). Cover tightly and refrigerate for 30-40 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350° F (180 °C).
  • Take half of the dough (return the other half to the refrigerator) and place it on a lightly floured surface. Flour the rolling pin as well, and roll the dough out to a thickness of 3/4 cm (a little less than 1/2 inch).
  • Cut the dough with a 10 cm diameter (about 4 inch) mold and place the cookies on a baking sheet that is greased or covered with parchment paper or a silicone pastry mat.
  • Gather the pieces of dough that are left after cutting the cookies and roll them out to continue cutting. Repeat with the other half.
  • Once you have cut all the cookies, you will surely have a little dough left; make a ball, flatten it with your hand or with the rolling pin, and place it with the rest of the cookies.
  • Put them in the fridge for 5 min.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges and bottom are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven, cool for about 3 minutes, and carefully transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • When the cookies are freshly baked, they are a bit brittle, but they take on a firmer consistency once they cool.
  • When the cookies are completely cold, prepare the frosting. Mix the three ingredients, sugar, water, and lemon juice, until it is very thick and spreadable.
  • Take one of the cookies, and with a spatula, cover it with the glaze. Repeat until finished with all the espejos. When the frosting cools, it will look shiny like a mirror, but don’t expect to see yourself in it.
  • For chocolate, instead of the sugar frosting, melt the chocolate and coat the cookies with it while it is hot.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Espejo Mexican Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 399 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 75mg3%
Potassium 56mg2%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 582IU12%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breads
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Mexican cookies, Mexican espejo pan dulce
Author: Silvia

Notes

Important Note: You have to work the dough as quickly as possible because you don’t want the butter to melt. If the weather is warm, put the cookies in the fridge as you form them.
If you make thinner cookies 1/2 cm the baking time will be 15-18 minutes
 

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Veronika Sykorova

I’ve never tried Mexican cookies but these look so soft and delicate, I love big cookies! Can’t wait to make these soon, I know I won’t stop thinking about these now haha

citysunny

thanks alot

Amy Casey

Wow! These cookies were amazing! They disappeared almost as quick as I made them. My family loved them coated with melted chocolate.

Amy Liu Dong

I am happy to learn new recipe today. This one is so easy and delicious. I will def try this.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan

These cookies look so amazing. So we buy glazed cookies from one of the local small bakery and we love the texture of those cookies. This looks so similar to that and I am so happy that I found the recipe. I will be making these with my boys over the weekend.

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