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Chilean Merkén Cookies
Chilean Merkén Cookies

Cooking originates and evolves through experimentation, and what better way to try it than with this simple and delicious recipe for Merkén cookies that will leave no one indifferent.

How to make Merkén Cookies?

A traditional preparation of cookies made with whole wheat flour, butter, gruyere cheese, and Merkén, which undoubtedly give a new dimension to this traditional Mapuche ingredient. Whether spicier or less spicy, you decide.

Nutritional Information

Category: Appetizers
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 400
Preparation: 2 hours
Cooking: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 people

Merkén Cookies Recipe


  • 400 g of butter
  • 250 g of wheat flour
  • 200 g of gruyere cheese
  • 50 g of almonds
  • 2 teaspoons of merkén
  • 1 teaspoon of salt


  1. In a medium bowl, add and process the butter until smooth.Add the crumbled cheese and process until a paste forms.
  2. Add the sifted whole wheat flour, Merkén, salt, and process until a homogeneous dough forms. Add the finely chopped walnuts or almonds and mix to distribute.
  3. Roll out with a rolling pin until about 5 millimeters wide, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 60 minutes. Merkén Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F) for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Using a sharp knife, cut triangular cookies and then distribute them on a buttered or oiled baking sheet without touching each other. Place the cookie tray in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Carefully cool on a rack.
  5. Serve the Merkén cookies alone or as an accompaniment to another appetizer while they are fresh, and store in a glass jar or airtight container.

Benefits of Consuming Chili Pepper

Consuming chili pepper helps burn calories naturally by increasing metabolic energy expenditure, also generating a feeling of satiety, ideal for those on weight loss diets.

Did you know?

Merkén is a Mapuche seasoning that is increasingly recognized worldwide for its unmistakable smoky flavor, artisanal production, and preservation capacity.


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