Desserts & Breads

Abuelita Conchas

Abuelita Conchas
Recipe Info - Skill Level
Recipe Info - Serving Size
12 servings
Recipe Info - Prep Time
30 min
Recipe Info - Cook Time
20 min


Step 1

Combine yeast and water in a small bowl. Let stand for at least 10 minutes until yeast turns foamy.

Step 2

Place 2 cups flour on a working surface. Make a well in the middle of flour and add sugar, 1/3 cup butter, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Mix by hand, adding 2 cups flour ½ cup at a time until a smooth and lightly sticky dough is formed. Slowly add yeast mixture and milk to dough and knead for 5 to 7 minutes more until dough is completely smooth and elastic.

Step 3

Shape the dough into a ball and transfer (crease side down) to a large oiled bowl. Brush a small amount of oil with hands over surface of dough. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm area for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until dough doubles in size.

Step 4

Deflate dough by pressing with fingers. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes.

Step 5

Beat 1/2 cup butter with a hand mixer until smooth. Add remaining 1 cup flour and Abuelita chocolate and continue beating until completely mixed and a paste is formed.

Step 6

Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 7

Divide dough into 12 balls and arrange on prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Press each ball down lightly. Divide topping into 12 balls. Form each ball of topping into a disk and press flat over each dough ball, covering as much of the surface as possible.

Step 8

Cut lines through topping with a small knife or circle cutter, resembling a sea shell or scallop. Lightly cover baking sheets with plastic wrap and place them in a warm place. Let rolls rise for about 1 hour or until double in size.

Step 9

Preheat oven to 375° F. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bread is golden brown. Let cool on wire racks and serve.


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