Polvorones Tri-Color

I have always had a big sweet tooth. From cookies to candy, I love them all. One of my favorite memories, from my childhood, has always been spending Saturday mornings in my mom’s bed.

Polvorones are both soft and crumbly.

This was the only day of the week when my mom would lift the “no food on the bed” rule. She would wake up early in the morning to go to our local panaderia(bakery) and get an assortment of freshly baked pan dulce and galletas. Traditional Mexican pan dulce and galletas are the best thing in my opinion.

My mom would make some hot, steaming coffee for both of us during these Saturday mornings. It’s no surprise that I’m addicted to caffeine now. Our traditional cafecito con pan every Saturday morning was something I always looked forward to as a child. Now that I’m older, we aren’t able to do Saturday morning coffee and pan dulce every week but we do it whenever we have a chance.

To make these cookies take up a lot of time.

My favorite thing to dip into my coffee is considered blasphemy by a lot of people. I prefer galletas over pan dulce. While pan dulce will always hold a special place in my heart, and in my stomach, galletas are my favorite. From the packaged Maravillas to freshly baked galletas grageas, I will always prefer them over pan dulce.

My favorite galleta hands down will always be polvorones tri-color. Not to be confused with polvorones which traditional sugar-dusted cookies are served at weddings. Polvorones tri-color are a Mexican sugar cookie that, as the name suggest, have three different colors usually in the shape of a triangle. The best ones are soft yet crumble easily once you bite them.

You can make these cookies with any three colors you want.

As I’ve gotten older and my love for baking has flourished, I decided that tackling my favorite galleta would be a fun challenge. I never realized how much time consuming and labor intensive a lot of Mexican desserts can be.

The recipe for these polvorones tri-color took me a while to perfect because I wanted to make what I considered to be the perfect galleta. After hunting down recipe after recipe and subjecting my mom to taste-testing what must have been hundreds of cookies, I achieved what my mom and I consider to be the perfect recipe for polvorones tri-color. They are soft yet manage to melt in your mouth once you bite into them.


1/2 cup butter (at room temp)

1/2 cup vegetable shortening (at room temp)

1 cup powdered sugar (add 1/2 cup more if you want them a little sweeter)

1 egg (at room temp)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

3 cups of all purpose flour

2 tbs cocoa powder

6 drops of yellow food coloring

6 drops of purple food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

Grease and flour two baking sheets and set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat the butter,shortening and powdered sugar on medium speed until combined.

Add the egg and vanilla, beat util combined.

It’s easier to weigh the different dough balls so that they can be even.

Slowly add the salt and flour, beat until incorporated.

Divide the dough into 3 equal parts, add the cocoa powder to one and yellow to the second and purple to the third.

Make all three dough sections equal in size to have an even triangle.

For a triangle with the dough and “glue” together with water.

Put in fridge for 10 to 15 minutes.

Cut the cookies in equal size and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Let cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes.

All pictures were taken by me