Chocolate Dipped Orejas

Chocolate Dipped Orejas

Orejas con Chocolate

Recipe Yield

40 orejas approximately

Cooking time

40 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.50 from 6 votes


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground canela or true cinnamon
  • 1 large pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • All-purpose flour for dusting the countertop and rolling pin
  • 1 recipe Easy Homemade Puff Pastry
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate chopped, or chocolate chips
  • Rainbow sprinkles optional

To Prepare

  • Place racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 425°Line 4 baking sheets with parchment paper (or cook in batches).
  • Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle a light coating of flour on your countertop, then spread 1 cup of the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top, right where the puff pastry will go. Place the puff pastry in the center of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Lightly flour your rolling pin and roll the puff pastry out into a large rectangle, about 12-by-26-inches with a 1/4-inch thickness, adding a bit of flour as needed while you roll. Sprinkle the top with the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Mark a line horizontally across the center of the puff pastry with a knife or ruler, without cutting all the way through. Roll the bottom of the puff pastry toward the center line, creating a layered spiral. Repeat with the top of the puff pastry, rolling in toward the center line, then press both rolls towards the center. The shape should resemble a pretzel.
  • Cut in half horizontally, across the two rolls, and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Scrape any leftover cinnamon-sugar mixture onto a small plate.
  • Slice the chilled rolls into 1/2-inch slices. Dip both sides of slices in the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture and place on a baking sheet, making sure to leave about an inch between the slices.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, then remove from the oven, flip the orejas, and return to the oven (swapping the baking sheet that was on top with the bottom). Bake for 10 to 12 minutes more, until both sides are golden brown. Transfer to a metal cooling rack and cool completely.
  • While the orejas are cooling, bring the heavy cream to a simmer in a small pot. Place the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl and pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth. If using rainbow sprinkles, place them on a small plate.
  • Dip the tops of the orejas in the chocolate. If using rainbow sprinkles, lightly press the chocolate-dipped side into the sprinkles and return to the rack. Repeat with about half of the remaining cookies, leaving some plain, some chocolate dipped, and some dipped and with sprinkles.
  • Note: If you do not want to bake all of them at once, you may store the rolled oreja dough tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for a couple days, or freeze in a tight plastic bag for up to a month. Thaw in the refrigerator before baking.


12comments inChocolate Dipped Orejas

  1. David

    May 09

    I look forward to trying this one. You make it seem so easy, thank you!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 20

      These are really easy David, you are going to love them!

  2. Henrietta S

    Dec 21

    Do you have a video link for making the orejas cookies?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 08

      I do! It is on Episode 8 from Season 8 Sinaloa, and it is on my website, you can watch it here http://patijinich.com/video/episode-808-el-chepe-railway-to-the-past/ or in Amazon Prime 🙂

  3. Neil

    Oct 31

    My wife and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your show. Yum! Can’t wait to make these to supplant my Pennsylvania Dutch family traditional Christmas sugar cookies. And the chocolate dip is icing on the cake (LOL). My wife, who is Latina, never had these growing up or as an adult, so I think we’re equally excited to try them (along with a LOT of your recipes).

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 02

      Thanks so much guys, abrazos to both of you 😉

  4. Sara

    Jul 24

    I am going to try to make this. ,but I need you recipe of homemade puff pastry thanks.Sara

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 25

      Of course Sara, here you go, enjoy! http://patijinich.com/easy-homemade-puff-pastry/

  5. Maria Dolores

    Jan 23

    This is the second time I’ve made these this month!! I saw your program when you made these and they looked delicious. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make the puff pastry, as you described, but seeing the program gave me the confidence it was true. How delicious and fun to make them. Thank you for your wonderful program and your delicious recipes.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 10

      Thanks so much to you Maria Dolores for tuning in! So glad the show inspired you to try these orejas, yay!

  6. Judy Morris

    May 01

    This sounds wonderful. Have you ever added orange peel to the sugar? I think this would would be yummy, especially if dipping the Orejas in chocolate, citrus and chocolate great together.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Agree Judy, great idea! I love the combo or orange and chocolate 😉

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