clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Concha spice cookies.

Concha Spice Christmas Cookies

  • Author: Lisa Keys
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen


Mexican inspired cookies are soft with warm pumpkin spices on the inside and a crisp buttery masa harina shell on the outside


2 cups all-purpose

1-teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon fine sea salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ancho chili powder;

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1-cup sugar 

½ cup pumpkin puree

1 egg

1teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract


Crack Frosting

½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened

2/3-cup sugar 

1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup masa harina

Sparkling sugar




  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. For pumpkin spice cookie: in a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and spice until blended; set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla and beat until combined.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just fully combined.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, drop 1½-inch balls of dough onto prepared baking sheet, about 2-inches apart.  Place baking sheet in refrigerator while preparing cookie frosting.
  6. In medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add flour and masa harina; continue mixing for 2 minutes or until large clumps form and mixture can be formed into a ball with your hands.
  7. Divide dough into 36 (1-inch) balls. With your fingers flatten each ball into a 1 1/2–inch round.
  8. Remove cookies from refrigerator and gently press 1 round over the top of each cookie.
  9. With the tip of a sharp knife score each cookie shell to make a decorative pattern.
  10. Sprinkle each with sparkling sugar.
  11. Bake for 15 to 16 minutes or until cookie edges are lightly brown.
  12. With a round cookie cutter, trim cookies for perfectly shaped rounds, if desired.
  13. Transfer cookies on parchment to cooling rack. Cool completely. 
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: cookies and bars
  • Method: baking

Keywords: unusual homemade cookies, concha cookies, mexican Christmas cookies