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Day of the Dead Cinnamon Cookies #MasecaNosGusta

Thanks to Maseca  for sponsoring this special post.

Today, I’m sharing something that is deep within my Mexican roots. Day of the Dead is mostly celebrated in southern Mexico and Southern Latin America to celebrate those who have died by decorating a mantel or their tombstone with food and items the person that died once loved.

I love the traditional aspect, colors, meaning and the culture behind Day of The Dead. Growing up, Day of the Dead was something we did not celebrated as much as Halloween but I had always had an interest to learn more about it.

To celebrate the Day of the Dead me and my little Aries baked some cinnamon cookies with one of my favorite Mexican products: Maseca. Hope you enjoy this easy and yummy recipe for you to bake with your kiddos.

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This recipe makes about 12-18 Cookies depending on the shape of the cookie.

  • 2 cups of Maseca Corn Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Decorations: White & Black Icing, thin paintbrush.

Step1: In a medium bowl, combine corn flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and set aside.
Step 2: In a large bowl (using a mixer) beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. With mixer in low speed; gradually add the corn flour mixture until well combined. Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Step3. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surfaced and roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. If you don’t have a sugar skull cookie cutter; I used an xacto knife to hand-drawn and cut out the shapes. Cut out our your cookies with a cookie cutter and carefully transfer cut-out shapes to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Re-roll scraps; cut more shapes.

Step4. Bake at a pre-heated oven at 350F for about 8-12 minutes. Bake until edges are lightly browned off.

Step 5. Let cookies cool down and begin the fun part of decorating with white icing. I used a thin paint brush and black icing to decorate the eyes and teeth on the sugar skull cookie. Have fun.

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This post is sponsored by Masecan in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect.

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