Mexican sesame seed cookie

Champurradas – Guatemalan Sesame Seed Cookies

These deliciously crisp cookies can be found in bakeries all over Guatemala. The traditional treats have the buttery flavor of shortbread with a sprinkle of sesame seeds for extra crunch. Not overly sweet, Champurradas are a fabulous accompaniment to an afternoon cup of coffee or tea.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Guatemalan
Keyword cookies
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 minutes
resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 123 kcal
Author Michele Peterson


  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Masa Flour (corn flour)
  • 1/4 cup Piloncillo Sugar (see recipe notes for substitute)
  • 1/2 cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 8 tbsp Unsalted Butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Shortening (such as Crisco)
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 3 Eggs, Divided (at room temperature)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 tbsp White Sesame Seeds


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine.

  2. Add the butter, 2 eggs, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Beat on medium with an electric beater until all the ingredients are combined and a dough is formed.

  3. Chill dough for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

  4. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F.

  5. Roll out until thin (around 1/8 inch thick) on a floured surface. Each cookie should be between 2.5 and three inches in diameter.  Cut into circles and transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

  6. Place on a greased baking sheet. Space the cookies about two inches apart.

  7. In a small bowl, create an egg wash by combining the remaining egg with a tablespoon of cold water. Whisk until pale yellow and frothy.

  8. Use a pastry brush to brush the tops of the cookies evenly with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. 

  9. Bake until the cookies are golden brown but still tender to the touch, around 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer baked cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Champurradas – Guatemalan Sesame Seed Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 153IU3%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.