I have to confess. Some of our best cookie ideas come directly from our customers. When our bakery opened on June 22, a customer came to me to "talk cookies." The subject turned to one of her favorites called "Ojarascas." I had never heard of this cookie.
Well, within a few weeks she returned with samples from a local Mexican bakery! It was a heart-shaped, thick cut cinnamon-flavored shortbread cookie. I loved it! I told my friends about it and they never heard of it. But, after I described it, my friend, Adam, said, "Oh, you mean 'Pan de Polvo.' We get'em in the valley. I'll pick up some next time I visit mom."
Well, I couldn't wait for Adam or his mom. After a little homework and several trials, I came up with the MCJ version of Ojarascas, aka Pan de Polvo.
Now, I'll be the first to admit that I'm never sure about the authenticity of my ethnic flavors, but as long as it's made with butter and tastes great, well, I'm pretty satisfied.