Chocolate Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies)


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. Delicious just as they are, you can also grate a little cinnamon stick over them before serving.

Chocolate Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies)
Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
40 cookies


  • 9 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacao), coarsely chopped

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 6 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil, such as grapeseed or canola

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

  • 1 (2 inch) Cinnamon stick


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

105 Calories
7g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Serving Size 1 cookie
Calories 105
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Added Sugars 3g 6%
Protein 1g 3%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Vitamin A 74IU 1%
Folate 9mcg 2%
Sodium 31mg 1%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 20mg 5%
Potassium 61mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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