Jessica Dee

Home baker. Dessert & Mexican bread maker.

Galletas Caritas

This is a shortbread-like cookie with a simple smiley face. Nothing fancy or detailed, just simple. It’s buttery, a little soft and a little crumbly.

Galletas Caritas

A buttery shortbread cookie with a red smiley face.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 16


  • 1 large cookie sheet
  • parchment paper
  • 1 2 or 3 inch cookie cutter


  • 295 g All purpose flour 2 cups
  • 60 g granulated sugar 1/4 cup
  • 60 g powdered sugar 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tube red gel for decorating


  • In a mixing bowl combine: butter, granulated sugar, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Set aside.
    In another bowl combine: all-purpose flour and salt. Set aside.
    Using paddle attachment, mix butter mixture. Start on a low speed and work your way up to a medium. Mix for 2 minutes.
    Add flour to butter mixture a little at a time until all ingredients are incorporated. You should get a soft cookie dough mixture.
    Form cookie dough into a ball, place in a bowl and set in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes. This will help the butter harden a little so that it can be easier to work with.
    Place the dough between two big pieces of parchment paper and press down with your hands. Next, use rolling pin to roll dough into a 1/4-inch thickness.
    Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
    Cut out the cookies with a cookie cutter. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Draw a smiley face on each cookie with red gel.
    Bake for 12-14 minutes.
    Let cool on sheet for about 5 minutes, they move to rack to cool.


Dough will be soft. You can add a little flour to bring it together before you place it in the refrigerator. 
I used a 2 inch cookie cutter. 
Keyword cookies, mexican cookies, pan dulce

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