Galletas de Nata

  • Serves

    makes 6 dozen


This recipe, from Hungry Sofia blogger Ana Sofia Pelaez, appeared in our 2012 Cookie Advent Calendar. Ana Sofia says: "In our family, everyone remembers these crisp but tender cookies, rumored to come to from Spain to Latin American via an army of grandmothers (and a favorite at my own great-grandmother's house), a little differently. Made with lightly beaten cream, the cookies are a perfect canvas for wintry spices like anise, cinnamon, and nutmeg, allowing for endless variety and improvisation so that their flavor always surprises."


  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 12 tsp. baking powder
  • 12 tsp. whole anise seeds, crushed
  • 14 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 14 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 14 tsp. kosher salt
  • ¾ cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 egg yolk, mixed with 2 tsp. water for egg wash


Step 1

Whisk together flour, baking powder, anise seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl; set aside. In another bowl, beat cream with a whisk until slightly thickened (it should still be pourable); refrigerate until ready to use. In another bowl, beat sugar and butter on medium-high speed of a hand mixer until pale and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add beaten cream and zest, and beat until smooth. Add dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Transfer to a work surface and shape into a disk; wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.

Step 2

Heat oven to 350°. Transfer dough to a floured work surface, and using a rolling pin, roll until ¼" thick. Using a 1 ½"-wide round cutter, cut out cookies, and place 2" apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake until edges are lightly golden, about 18-20 minutes.

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