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Orejas Mexican Recipe (Pan Dulce)

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Orejas Recipe is made with puff pastry and sugar and has a texture that is light and airy, making it easy to eat and enjoyable.


  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Roll out the puff pastry sheet lightly to a rectangle shape.
  4. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the entire surface of the pastry.
  5. Starting at one of the shorter ends of the pastry, fold the pastry inwards towards the center of the rectangle, creating a long, narrow strip.
  6. Repeat the same folding motion on the other shorter end of the pastry, so that the two folds meet in the center of the strip.
  7. Sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar.
  8. Fold both ends completely so the sugary portion is inside.
  9. Cut the pastry into slices that are about 1/2-inch thick.
  10. Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving space between them. 
  11. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes or until the orejas are golden brown and crispy.
  12. Remove from the oven while they are hot, toss in some more sugar to coat. 


  • Use high-quality puff pastry: The quality of the puff pastry will greatly affect the final product. Use a high-quality brand of puff pastry for the best results.
  • Thaw the puff pastry properly: Make sure to follow the instructions on the puff pastry package for thawing. Puff pastry should be thawed in the refrigerator, not at room temperature.
  • Roll the puff pastry evenly: Roll the puff pastry dough out evenly so that the layers are uniform in thickness. This will help the orejas to bake evenly and puff up nicely.
  • Chill the pastry before baking: Once the pastry dough is rolled out and shaped, chill it in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before baking. This will help the pastry to hold its shape and prevent it from spreading out too much during baking.
  • Brush with egg wash: Brush the pastry dough with egg wash before baking to give it a nice golden brown color and a shiny finish.
  • Sprinkle sugar evenly: Sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly over the pastry dough to ensure that each oreja is sweet and flavorful.
  • Use a sharp knife: Use a sharp knife to slice the pastry dough into rounds. A dull knife can compress the layers and prevent the pastry from puffing up.
  • Bake until golden brown: Bake the orejas until they are golden brown and puffed up. This should take about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the orejas and your oven.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Mexican