The famous "champurradas" are basically large cookies with sesame seeds on top. This simple yet delicious shortbread cookie has a round, flat, toasted shape. You can enjoy them for breakfast or as a dessert with a hot coffee.

These very traditional Guatemalan cookies can be found in any bakery. They are delicious, crunchy, and very easy to make. These cookies feature a tasty buttery flavour with a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top for extra crunch.

These Guatemalan cookies are not as sweet as any traditional cookie, and that is one of their special characteristics. Champurradas are similar to the Spanish Maria cookies, or the Italian biscottis, but like we just said, champurradas are not that sweet. Although champurradas are technically considered a dessert, they are enjoyed throughout Guatemala by dipping them in hot coffee during breakfast or for the traditional mid-afternoon coffee.

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  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 pound manquilla without salt
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces Sesame Seeds


Step 1 : In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar with a spatula until well blended. Later, add the eggs, the flour (sifted flour is recommended), baking powder, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Mix all the ingredients until you have a homogeneous dough.

Step 2 : On a floured board, spread the dough that we just made. With a kitchen roller, we flatten all the dough until it reaches a cookie thickness. Remember to preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3 : Using a large round cookie tin, cut each cookie and place on a greased baking sheet. 

Step 4 : If you want the champurradas to have a slightly shiny appearance, beat an extra egg and brush on the surface of each cookie. Then sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.

Step 5 : Bake for about 15 minutes or until just baked. Then take them out of the oven and let them cool.

Now you can enjoy some delicious "champurradas" with your favorite cup of coffee.

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