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Holiday Cookie Countdown: Pastel de Navidad

Pastel de Navidad are a delicious Spanish dessert that you and your family are sure to love.

If you want to celebrate Christmas in Spain, you’re going to have to take a nap first. Christmas dinner is traditionally eaten at midnight on Christmas Eve after the family has attended mass together.

The festivities, which include singing, do not end until very early in the morning. According to a Spanish song, “This is the good night, it is not meant for sleep.”

The next day, Christmas Day, the family again returns to church. Presents are not exchanged until the Feast of the Three Kings, when the three wise men brought gifts to the baby Jesus.

But you don’t have to wait until January to enjoy these delicious treats. Try this recipe from Cooking Clarified and see if these don’t become one of your new favorites. Feliz Navidad!

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Cookies 24: Pastel de Navidad

Pastel de Navidad cookies are from Spain and they include raisins and walnuts.

Here’s a Pastel de Navidad recipe from a website called Cookies-For-Christmas.com! Sounds like fun.

Pastel de Navidad


frozen or home-made pie pastry dough sufficient for 1 pie shell

5 large eggs

2/3 cup granulated sugar

5 tablespoons butter, melted

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped walnuts

2/3 cup raisins



Preheat oven to 375 F. Roll pastry thin and cut into 12 4-inch circles. Fit each round into muffin cup and press in gently. Beat eggs until they are light; add sugar and mix well. Add butter, salt, and vanilla; mix well. Combine walnuts and raisins and fill each cup 1/2 full. Add egg mixture to fill each cup three-quarters. Bake filled cups 20-25 minutes.

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