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This weekend...







So this weekend, with a very small break between bookings, I decided to make some mexican shortbread cookies called Hojarascas, and some sweet empanadas with apple, pineapple, sweet potato, and cream cheese fillings.

I'm practicing this weekend because I would like to take some sweets to my hubby's parents' 50th wedding anniversary/mass in a couple of weeks, and I definitely need to practice first right?  (Or I just want to eat this stuff and this is a great excuse...)    


               

The hojarascas came out really well.  My husband is obsessed with these cookies. So much so, that I have to literally drag him away from them every time we go to the local Mexican market, which isn't easy, he's a big guy.  And determined.  I had put off making these cookies because all of the recipes I found were pretty basic and I just knew there was a better, more authentic, recipe out there.  And I wasn't disappointed.  Sonia Mendez Garcia at hispanickitchen.com has just about the best Hojarascas recipe for these little sugary pillows of goodness I have ever seen!  Fresh ground star anise and the orange zest just take this recipe over the top.




I also made apple, sweet potato, pineapple,  and cream cheese empanadas, but Sonia's recipe stole the show.  I can't wait to make them and take them to my in-laws house.





Thank you Sonia for your wonderful site, and star anise has become my favorite spice of the month now!

Jen

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