These melt-in-your-mouth polvorones (Mexican wedding cookies) get a chocolate makeover by replacing all the nuts in the traditional version with ground chocolate. Addictive just as they are, you can also grate a little cinnamon stick over them before serving.

Alice Medrich
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2018


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Instructions Checklist
  • Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 325 degrees F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mats.

  • Combine chocolate, all-purpose flour, pastry flour, granulated sugar and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the chocolate is broken into pieces ranging in size from very coarse sand to a generous 1/4 inch. Add butter, oil and vanilla. Pulse until the mixture begins to clump together. Transfer to a large bowl and mix and squeeze the dough to incorporate any remaining flour.

  • Using a scant 1 tablespoon each, shape the dough into 40 balls. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating the pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through, until the cookie tops look dry, show a few hairline cracks and do not feel squishy when lightly pressed with a finger, 20 to 22 minutes. Cool on the pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Sift confectioners' sugar over the cookies. Grate cinnamon stick over the tops, if desired.


To make ahead: Store airtight for up to 2 weeks; dust with confectioners' sugar (Step 4) before serving.

Equipment: Parchment paper or baking mats

Nutrition Facts

105.1 calories; protein 1.3g 3% DV; carbohydrates 9g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 1.2g 5% DV; sugars 3.1g; fat 7.2g 11% DV; saturated fat 3.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 6.3mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 73.5IU 2% DV; vitamin cmg; folate 9.2mcg 2% DV; calcium 7.1mg 1% DV; iron 1mg 6% DV; magnesium 19.6mg 7% DV; potassium 60.8mg 2% DV; sodium 30.8mg 1% DV; added sugar 3g.

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