Carmina Tapia’s Cinnamon Pine Nut Buñuelos
Mexican fried cookies, called buñuelos, are a traditional
Christmas treat. We thank this Madera, California,
member for suggesting such a delightful grand finale
to our traditional Christmas dinner.
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup shortening
Up to 1 cup hot water
1/3 cup cooking oil
1 cup sugar
4-5 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup Cinnamon-Sugared Pine Nuts (see recipe, page 82)
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1. Mix flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Rub in
the shortening with fingertips until blended. Stir in water
gradually, mixing until dough cleans sides of bowl and
forms a ball. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface
about 5 minutes, or until smooth.
2. Shape dough into a 12-inch roll. Cut into 12 slices and
shape each slice into smooth ball. Cover with a damp towel
and let rest 15 minutes.
3. Flatten each ball into a 4- to 5-inch circle on a floured
surface. Roll from center toward edge, turning one-quarter Costco Member
turn at a time, until tortilla measures about 9 inches in Carmina Tapia
diameter. Place tortilla between damp towels to prevent it
from drying out.
4. Heat about 1/4 inch oil over medium-high heat in a
medium skillet. Or use a deep-fat fryer at 375°F.
5. While the oil heats, mix the sugar and cinnamon and Camelot Desserts Chocolate
spread half of the mixture on a plate. Mousse Puffs Ganache
6. When the oil is hot, carefully place a tortilla in the Chocolate Mousse Puffs* are a great treat
pan. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Drain off anytime. Just remove them from the freezer
excess oil on paper towels, dip the tortilla in the cinnamon and serve. For a simple garnish, dust them
sugar and let cool. Replenish cinnamon sugar on plate with powdered sugar. To make a gourmet
as needed. treasure, drizzle with chocolate ganache.
7. Place the sugared tortilla on a plate. Top with a couple
1 cup heavy whipping cream
spoonfuls of Cinnamon-Sugared Pine Nuts. Then drizzle
with corn syrup. Top with another sugared tortilla. Repeat
1 pound semisweet,
the process. Serve warm, cut in wedges, or store airtight. bittersweet or white chocolate, chopped
Makes 16 servings. Bring cream to a boil over medium heat.
Remove from heat, add chocolate and stir
until melted and smooth. Drizzle over the
puffs with a fork or spoon, letting it drip
down the sides. Makes 12-24 servings.
*Brands may vary by region;
substitute a similar product.
ELEGANT CHRISTMAS DINNER
Wine and Gift Bags
Holiday gift-giving begins
with the wrapping. Over the
past few years, Costco’s
wine bags have stolen the
show, and this year is no
exception. Made this season
in reversible velvets to
sheers and sheers to velvets in dark blue, red and
deep green, and all with
braided tie cords, these
bags are ready for any
quick wrapping project.
Besides covering bottles,
why not use them as ornament bags or instead of
wrapping paper for small
gifts, homemade candies or
nuts. Gift tags are included.