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TypeSugar cookie
Place of originMexico
Region or stateSonora
Main ingredientsBrown sugar

Coyotas are empanada-like cookies which are large, flat and traditionally filled with brown sugar.[1] However, coyotas also come in a variety of flavors, including guava, caramel, chocolate, strawberry, jamoncillo (milk candy), peach, and pineapple.[2][1]


Spaniards introduced wheat, sugar, and goat's milk to Mexico around 500 years ago.[3] They originated mainly in Villa de Seris, a city in Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico in 1954.[1] They can now be found all over the world. In the US, they can be found in most Mexican supermarkets.[3]

The meaning of the name "coyota" is a mestiza (of Spanish and native heritage) dark skinned and full of grace.[1]


  • all purpose flour
  • water
  • salt
  • shortening
  • panela (Mexican brown sugar made of molasses)[1]


First, all the ingredients (see above) are mixed together. Next, Shortening and water are added to the mixture to thicken the consistency a bit. The dough is then made into small balls which are then filled to the consumers preference. They are then baked in the oven at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes.[1]

Coyotas tend to be accompanied with milk, coffee, hot chocolate, or tea. Sometimes even topped with whip cream.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Coyotas". Biscuit people. Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  2. ^ "Historia de unas ricas galletas dulces, las Coyotas de Sonora". Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  3. ^ a b "Historia de unas ricas galletas dulces, las Coyotas de Sonora". Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ "Coyotas". Biscuit people. Retrieved 2017-11-21.