Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Cookie Extravaganza Post 13...Millie's Guayaba "Guava" Cookies

Happy Holidays

We have come to our final cookie recipe for this Christmas season and sometime next week I will post all of our cookies and the chefs that baked them for everyone to enjoy until January 1, 2011.

Millie's Guayaba Cookies.

In Puerto Rico you can find Empanadillas de Guayaba everywhere throughout the island.  I personally wanted to recreate this typical danish dessert my way and in a cookie form. After working on my recipe I finally got it right a few years ago.  I hope you enjoy it.

Filling Recipe:

Step 1...Cut in half 4 Guayabas and then scoop the pulp out and place it into a medium size cooking pot. 

Add to the pulp mixture:

2 Tablespoons of sugar
1/2 cup water

Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes on low heat, then strain the pulp from the pits into another small pot...use a wooden spoon to mash well the pulp and the pits.

(Discard the pits)

Step 2...add to the Guayaba pulp these ingredients.

1/2 tsp. vanilla 
1 Tablespoon of pure honey
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cinnamon

Simmer this mixture for 30 more minutes on low heat.

Step 3...add to the pulp mixture while it is hot

2 cups confectionery sugar
4 teaspoons of water

Stir well the entire mixture for a few minutes. Then simmer for another 30 more minutes on low heat until the sauce thickens. Then set the filling aside to cool off.
Cookie Recipe:

1/2 cup of softened non dairy butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup egg replacement
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder

 In a microwave safe bowl melt butter, add sugar and vanilla...mix well and set aside. In a large bowl mix all your dry ingredients, then combine your dry ingredients with your wet ingredients. Mix well then wrap your dough in saran wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. 

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease cookie pans and then roll out the dough for a few minutes (until it becomes softer to work with). Then roll out your dough and cut the cookies out with the rim of a drinking glass. Place the small discs unto your cookie pans and bake for 10 minutes.

Step 4...Transfer the baked cookies unto a cooling rack. Once your cookies are cooled...using the rough bottom part of the cookie fill the cookie with the guayaba filling, then place another cookie on top just like the photo below  

Step 5....Place all the cookies on top of your counter top and then sprinkle them heavily with powder sugar using a shaker. Place them on a serving tray and serve it to your guests. They will enjoy these delicious cookies.

 NOTE****When storing the cookies store them in a tight covered bowl in the refrigerator  then set out 20 minutes before serving...or in the freezer and set out at room temperature 1 hour before serving.

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From my Caribbean Vegan Kitchen to yours....SALUD!


  1. Ooh, these look good, Millie! I don't know what guayaba is - is that similar to guava? These look like they would be great for the holidays.

  2. yes is Guava. That is the American name but in Spanish it is Guayaba.

  3. I haven't had guyabas for a long time, and now I'm really having a craving because these cookies look delicioso!


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