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Esteban Castillo is a recipe developer, food photographer, and the author of the award-winning food blog and best-selling book Chicano Eats and was the 2017 Saveur Blog Awards winner for Best New Voice. He lives in Fresno, California, with his husband, Billy, and their three dogs, Nomi, Rigby, and Jepsen.

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Galletas Grageas, Polvorones con Chochitos (Mexican Sprinkle Cookies)

Our Christmas Eve celebrations were always filled with dozens and dozens of tamales, warm atole, ponche, and my mom’s ambroisa fruit salad. I thought about bringing over my Horchata tiramisu, or maybe even my café de olla chocoflan, but I settled on baking cookies and bringing over marranitos, polvorones, and these Mexican sprinkle cookies (which also happen to be called polvorones! ) that everyone can enjoy along with their atole or coffee. Reduce the speed to low and add the egg yolks one at a time, waiting until the first one has been fully incorporated before adding the second egg. Once you have your cookies on your cookie sheet, brush on the egg wash, add sprinkles and then bake for 9-10 minutes.

Polvorones Rosas (Mexican Pink Sugar Cookies)

If you’re not familiar, polvorones (which happens to be the name for like 4 different cookies) are essentially Mexico’s version of the sugar cookie but colored with yellow or pink food coloring. I tested the temperature, baking cookies at 4 different temperatures (325, 350, 375 and 400), and I found that baking them at 350 gave me the best results. When the dough has rested scoop out ¼ cup size balls of dough (I just use a standard ice cream scoop) and roll them into a smooth ball before rolling in the cane sugar. (don't flatten too much or cracks won't form), sprinkle a bit more sugar on each cookie then bake for 12-14 minutes one sheet at a time until the cookies have spread out and cracked but haven’t browned at all.

Enchiladas Rojas (Red Enchiladas)

I tested the enchilada sauce back in August, and it just seems like I kept forgetting that I had this recipe in the queue, so yesterday when I was creating a new tab on the website and saw the pictures, I told myself I’d finally post it today! I like to grab a rotisserie chicken when I’m making these because it cuts down on the prep time, and I typically like to make the sauce way ahead of time because the longer you let it sit, the more the flavor develops. If you’d like to bake them, simply pop the tortillas in the microwave for a few seconds, add some shredded chicken, roll them up then place them in a baking dish, top them with the enchilada sauce and shredded cheese then bake at 350 till the cheese is nice and bubbly. After the peppers have rehydrated place in a blender, then add yellow onion, garlic cloves, chicken stock, vegetable oil, chipotle peppers, adobo, brown sugar and cinnamon.

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