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Atole de Leche con Canela

Cup of milk with glass jar

Atole de Leche con Canela

Warm up your chilly days with a comforting cup of Atole de Leche con Canela, a traditional Mexican drink. This creamy blend of milk, piloncillo, cinnamon, and masa harina creates a rich, velvety texture that's perfect for cozying up. Easy to prepare in just 15 minutes, it's a delightful way to enjoy the aromatic flavors of cinnamon and vanilla.
Thank you to Sylvia Meléndez Klinger at for the recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 5 Cups


  • 4 cups Milk
  • 1/4 cup Piloncillo*
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup Masa Harina*
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups Warm milk Optional for a lighter consistency


  • In a medium pot, heat with piloncillo, cinnamon stick, masa harina and vanilla.
  • Cook at low-medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes or until piloncillo melts and masa harina has dissolved.
  • Remove cinnamon stick and serve hot.


*What is Piloncillo?
Piloncillo is purple sugarcane, which has a deeper, richer, more complex flavor.
*What is masa harina?
Masa harina is a commonly used flour to make tortillas and other Mexican corn-based dishes. Masa harina translates from Spanish to dough flour. This special flour is made from dried corn, treated in a solution of lime and water, washed, and then ground to a powdered texture.
Keyword Milk