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Mar 20, 2023

Funfetti Conchas

These funfetti conchas are a great take on the Mexican bakery pan dulce, perfect for a birthday breakfast... because sprinkles make everything better!


This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Conchas are traditionally sold in Mexican panaderías. They consist of a brioche-like roll topped with a sweet crunchy crust carved to look like a shell. The topping is usually flavored with chocolate or vanilla, and typically is pink, brown, or white.  

While I have posted a recipe for conchas before, I was inspired to try this Funfetti topping from the wonderful new book, Viva Desserts! by Nicole Presley for Spring Sweets Week. 

Funfetti Conchas on a cooling rack.

If you love brioche or challah, you will enjoy this sweet bread (pan dulce). 

Serve these conchas with a cup of coffee in the morning, or a glass of milk in the afternoon. 

They are best the day they are made. If you have leftovers, cut them up and turn them into your favorite bread pudding. 

Bread pudding in a casserole dish.


The rolls are traditionally made with either butter, lard, shortening, or margarine, along with eggs, superfine sugar, water, flour, vanilla, and yeast. 

For the yeast, I used SAF Gold, which works well with enriched dough. If you don't have it, any instant yeast will work. For the fat, I used butter. If you don't have superfine sugar, just throw some granulated sugar into a food processor and pulse it a few times to get a finer grain. 

For the topping, you can use butter or shortening, along with confectioners sugar, vanilla, and flour. Throw in some jimmies for the Funfetti look. 

For the vanilla, I used Taylor & Colledge vanilla bean paste. I love it because it is filled with little flecks of vanilla seeds. 

Three boxes of extract pastes.

I also used some of the almond extract paste in the bread pudding. 

How to Make Funfetti Conchas:

First, combine dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk them together. Next, add the butter and mix with the paddle attachment until the butter breaks up into pea-sized pieces. 

After that, switch to the dough hook and add the water, eggs, vanilla, water, and yeast and knead for about 10 minutes on medium-low. The dough will be smooth and slightly tacky. Let the dough rise until doubled. This could take two to three hours depending on the ambient temperature. 

In the meantime, mix the topping ingredients, including the sprinkles. Form it into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap until the dough is ready. 

Form the dough into eight balls on parchment lined baking sheets, flatten them with your hand, and cover them with oiled plastic wrap while you shape the topping. 

Roll the topping into circles, place them over the shaped rolls, and then cut a pattern into the topping with a knife or a specially made concha cutter. 

Finally, let the rolls rise until doubled and then bake them at 350 degrees F for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Funfetti Concha pieces on a pink plate.


More Mexican Bread Recipes:

Pan de Muerto

Cemita Rolls

Telera Rolls

Bolillo Rolls

Birotes Salados (sourdough)

Pan de Elote

Funfetti Conchas on a pink plate.

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    Funfetti Conchas stacked in a bowl.

    Funfetti Conchas

    Funfetti Conchas
    Yield: 8 Conchas
    Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
    Prep time: 40 MinCook time: 40 MinInactive time: 3 HourTotal time: 4 H & 20 M
    These funfetti conchas are a great take on the Mexican bakery pan dulce, perfect for a birthday breakfast... because sprinkles make everything better!


    For the Dough
    • 450 grams (3 3/4 cups) bread flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 100 grams (1/2 cup) extra fine granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened and cut into pieces
    • 2 large room temperature eggs
    • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
    • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
    For the Topping
    • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
    • 57 grams (1/2 cup) confectioners' sugar
    • 120 grams (1 cup) all purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
    • 3 tablespoons Funfetti sprinkles


    To Prepare the Dough
    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flour, salt, and granulated sugar.
    2. Add the butter pieces and mix with the paddle attachment until the butter becomes pea-sized and coated with flour.
    3. Switch to the dough hook and add the eggs, water, and vanilla, and mix on low for about two minutes. Add the yeast and mix on medium (speed 4) for 10 minutes.
    4. Turn the dough out onto your work surface and knead a few times. Form it into a ball and place it into an oiled dough rising bucket and cover. Let it rise until doubled in a warm (about 80 degrees F) spot, about 2 to 3 hours.
    5. In the meantime, prepare the Funfetti topping.
    6. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and form them into balls. Place them on the baking sheets and flatten them with your hand to about 3/4 inch thick. Lightly grease the tops.
    7. Place the topping rounds (see below for instructions) on top of each and use a paring or butter knife to carve a shell pattern. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until almost doubled, about an hour.
    8. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. and bake the conchas, one sheet at a time, for 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
    To Make the Topping
    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the shortening and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Add the flour, one quarter cup at a time, mixing between additions. Beat until combined. Beat in the vanilla.
    2. Add the Funfetti and mix until just combined.
    3. Divide the topping into 8 pieces and roll each piece out between two pieces of parchment or wax paper. Use a 4 inch round cutter to cut each and gently place them over the shaped rolls, gently tucking in the edges. Carve in a shell pattern with a butter or paring knife, cover, and let rise (see instructions above).

    Nutrition Facts



    Fat (grams)

    26.87 g

    Sat. Fat (grams)

    11.23 g

    Carbs (grams)

    76.4 g

    Fiber (grams)

    1.9 g

    Net carbs

    74.51 g

    Sugar (grams)

    23.87 g

    Protein (grams)

    10.19 g

    Sodium (milligrams)

    167.84 mg

    Cholesterol (grams)

    77 mg
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    Would you like to comment?

    1. I've eaten conchas but never made them and this is such a fun spin on them!

    2. I think I'll earmark this one for Cinco de Mayo.

    3. These are so pretty! I love the ridges and the colors of these.

    4. I love conchas and these are such a fun version!

    5. I never heard of cobchas. Thanks for the recipe! I need to try these cookies!

    6. Sprinkles make everything more fun! Can't wait to enjoy a batch of these!

    7. I have always wanted to learn to make these. They look so adorable!

    8. What a fun twist on the traditional concha! And repurposing into bread pudding= genius!

    9. These are so gorgeous with the sprinkles. Makes for a perfect breakfast bread.

    10. I was reading about these the other day. These look super fun and delicious!

    11. These would be gorgeous on the Easter or Mother's Day brunch table!

    12. I love conchas and these are the best. I just want to grab one right away from the screen. Stunning!


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