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Pumpkin Conchas

Prep Time:

30 Minutes

Cook Time:

20 Minutes







  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree

  • ¼ cup warm milk

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 pinch kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup butter, at room temperature

  • orange food coloring (Optional)


Step 1

Combine flour, pumpkin puree, warm milk, egg yolk, melted butter, sugar, active dry yeast, salt, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment. Mix until a smooth, slightly elastic ball forms or knead by hand for about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Place the dough in a lightly greased mixing bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

Step 3

While dough is rising, combine powdered sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla extract in a bowl for the topping. Mix with your hands or a spatula until a moldable dough forms. Mix in orange food coloring if you like.

Step 4

Divide topping dough into 6 equal portions and shape them into balls; set onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover each ball with a sheet of plastic and press down with something flat and heavy (like the bottom of a glass or measuring cup) into a flat circle. Take the tip of a knife and score a pumpkin design into the topping. Place in the refrigerator to allow butter to firm up.

Step 5

After the dough rises, transfer it onto a work surface and press down to remove the air. Cut into 6 equal portions and roll each portion into a smooth ball. Transfer balls onto a Silpat-lined baking sheet and press down to flatten lightly. Place the topping on top of the dough balls. Allow to proof until doubled in size, about 45 minutes

Step 6 

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

Step 7

Bake in the center of a preheated oven until puffed up and golden, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

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