Mexican Bakery cracked Pink Sugar Cookies (Polvorones) Pan Dulce

The closest to those pink sugar cookies from the bakery.

Growing up in Guadalupe, Az. we had Flores Bakery within walking distance. When I went to the Mexican bakery and couldn’t decide what to get, the pink fluffy crackly looking cookie was my favorite. These cookies are the closest to what I remember from the panaderia.

Yield: 3 dozen (3 1/2 inch cookies)

Rest: 1 hr

Ingredients:

3/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

4 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 3/4 cup shortening

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

few drops red food color

decorating sugar crystals

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together salt, baking powder, baking soda and flour, set aside.
  2. In another large bowl cream together shortening and sugar. Add vanilla, eggs and food color. When mixture is creamy, add the flour mixture slowly, mixing well. Dough will be thick. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hr.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Place decorating sugar in a small bowl. Roll 1/4 cup of dough (about 2oz) into a ball, roll top in sugar and place on baking sheet sugar side up. Place about 2 inches apart. Flatten each ball slightly with palm of hand. I bake about 8 on each sheet.
  5. Bake 12-14 minutes. Let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool. Repeat with rest of dough.

Do you remember this cookie from the Flores Bakery? Do you have a recipe that’s closer to the original? I would love the recipe. Keep me in mind.