Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)


Conchas are always a crowd favorite. I got this recipe from my friend's mom, who owns a Mexican bakery. They made these one day for my family, and they loved them — even my brother, who is so picky. Now they ask for them all the time. Although these are a bit time-consuming, they're well worth it in the end!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
12 conchas



  • ½ cup warm water

  • 2 ½ teaspoons yeast

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup evaporated milk

  • cup white sugar

  • cup butter, melted

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • cup white sugar

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Make bread: Stir together warm water and yeast in a large bowl. Mix in 2 cups flour, milk, sugar, melted butter, egg, and salt until combined. Gradually mix in remaining 2 cups flour and cinnamon until dough comes together.

  2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 6 to 8 minutes. Place in a large greased bowl; turn dough to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

  3. Meanwhile, make topping: Beat sugar and butter in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in flour until a thick paste forms. Transfer 1/2 of the paste to a separate bowl. Mix cinnamon into one half and vanilla into the other half.

  4. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape into balls and place 3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.

  5. Divide each bowl of topping into 6 balls; pat flat. Place circles of topping on top of dough balls, patting down lightly. Use a knife to cut grooves in the topping like a clam shell. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

395 Calories
15g Fat
59g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 395
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 303mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 117mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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