Mexican Orange Sugar Cookies: Polvorones de Naranja

Try These Amazing Orange Sugar Cookies

Mexican Orange Sugar Cookies are so delicious, yet so easy to whip up that you’ll want to make them all the time. These traditional Mexican sugar cookies would make lovely ‘welcome to the neighborhood’ gifts for new neighbors. They’d also make ideal Christmas presents for the mailman, teachers, co-workers and just about everyone.

I enjoyed these cookies growing up in Laredo, and I hope you’ll enjoy them too. Grab a cup of coffee and some of these Mexican Orange Sugar Cookies!


  • 1 3/4 cup flour, sifted
  • 2/3 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling on cookies
  • 1 1/2 sticks or 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk

Just follow these easy recipe directions!

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF & grease cookie sheets.
  2. Cream the butter or margarine and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Stir in the egg yolk, the orange juice and the orange zest. Add the flour and baking soda.
  4. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface. Cut into circles about 2-2 ½ inches in diameter.
  5. Bake until a light golden brown.
  6. Let the cookies cool, then sprinkle with sugar. Makes about 2 dozen.

Mexican Orange Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are well known by their Mexican name, “polvorones,” or “polvorones de azucar.” Polvorones comes from ‘polvo,’ which means powder. Azucar means sugar.

The delicious cookies get their name from being rolled in sugar.

Mexican Wedding Cookies are also called polvorones as those shortbread cookies are rolled in powdered sugar.

Tasty Variation Ideas For Your Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies lend themselves to creativity. Try these variations to adapt your cookies as desired:

  • Use colored sugar sprinkles to add color. Red and Green for Christmas. Red for Valentine’s Day. Get the idea?
  • Roll the cookies in cinnamon sugar. Yum! The flavor of orange with cinnamon is incredible!
  • Add finely chopped nuts to the cookie dough before baking (like wedding cookies) or to the sugar for rolling the cookies.

Can you think of more? Fun, isn’t it?

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