Mexican Wedding Cookie Recipe – Pan De Polvo

If you are looking for a simple and delicious recipe for these cookies, you have come to the right place. This recipe is so easy, my teenage daughters who have zero experience in the kitchen made these cookies perfectly.

Mexican wedding cookies are not only traditional to weddings, but they are also traditional to our culture and can be found at parties, quincineras, baby showers, Christmas and New Year’s, basically the holidays!

I have been in love with these cookies since childhood. I remember going to weddings with my parents in South Texas where I am from, very close to the border, and devouring loads of pan de polvo cookies. I remember them being shaped like hearts. Which looking back now, is significant to starting a marriage. It is all about the love these two people share!

What you will need?

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 cups of shortening
  • 5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • a dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup of anise/cinnamon tea
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

These are the ingredients needed to make these delicious, melt in your mouth cookies. Get your ingredients together and let’s start baking!

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. In a small pot, fill with water and add 2-3 cinnamon sticks and anise. Bring to a boil and then turn off the heat and just let it sit there while you start on the dough.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the shortening and mix with a hand mixer or whisk until fluffy. It can be mixed with clean hands too.
  3. Add the sugar and anise/cinnamon tea slowly. Mix together with the shortening.
  4. Add salt and cinnamon.
  5. Add flour and mix until it comes together as a dough.
  6. Make a large ball with some of your dough. Flatten and roll out in between two Ziplocs or parchment paper. Roll out until 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. We don’t want the cookies too thin when we cut them out.
  7. Now use your cookie cutter to cut out. I used a medication measurement cup because this is all I had at the moment. These cookies are best small.
  8. Line up the cut-out cookies onto a cookie sheet. These cookies don’t get bigger so as long as they are spaced out about an inch apart. It is okay to fill up the whole sheet.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.
  10. While your cookies are baking, mix a cup of sugar and a 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. We are making a cinnamon sugar mixture to roll our cookies in once they are done baking.
  11. Once your cookies are out of the oven, roll your cookies in the cinnamon sugar and plate until cool. Enjoy!

This recipe makes 12 dozen cookies.

Tag me on Instagram if you try this! @naturallycrunchymama

Published by Jenny


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