Reganadas Cookies (Galletas Regañadas)

The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico between November 1st and 2nd, and it is a tradition that is very ancient; for this occasion, an altar is set up in each house, to honor the departed with an ofrenda including flowers and food, which is presented to them on this altar. These traditions are millenia old and were observed in varying ways by many pre-colombian civilizations.

The Regañadas are like biscuits, they are a traditional recipe from the regions of San Luis Potosi and Oaxaca in Mexico, very easy to make, and they are part of the offerings to the dead; basically they are puff pastry cookies and are said to represent the tormented souls of people and animals that are in the purgatory, waiting to being allowed in paradise.

Recipe for Reganadas Cookies:


* 3 cups sifted flour
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 and 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
* Pinch of salt
* 3 eggs
* 1 cup shortening
* Icing sugar


1) Pour the sifted flour and the sugar in a bowl, mix them well; at the center make a lake into which you will pour the eggs and shortening. Mix these ingredients together, then kneading the dough until it has a good texture.

2) Put in the refrigerator for one hour for the ingredients to react together. Sprinkle some flour over a flat working space and roll the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick.

3) Cut out of this dough the shapes you want and place on a greased and floured baking sheet, and bake for 12 minutes at 350 ˚F. Once finished cooking, sprinkle some icing sugar over.

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