Spanish For the Bakery

Pastry shopping at your local Mexican bakery or Mexican grocer is a great way to immerse yourself in a little Spanish. Here's all the verbiage you know to pick a fabulous pastry en español....

Mexican Pastries

Pan de muerto (pahn deh mwer-toh) = Bread of the dead. This bread only comes around around Day of the Dead (September-October), but it’s definitely worth a try. Pan de muerto is a citrusy-flavored bread usually covered in strips of dough on top that some say symbolize the bones of those who have passed.

Concha blanca (kon-chah blah-kah) = White shell. A dome of sweet bread covered in white crystalized sugar squares resembling a shell

Concha de chocolate (kon-chah deh cho-ko-lah-te) = Chocolate shell. A dome of sweet bread covered in chocolate crystallized sugar squares resembling a shell

Concha rosa (kon-chah rroh-sah) = Pink shell. A dome of sweet bread covered in pink crystallized sugar squares resembling a shell.

Polvorón (pol-voh-rohn) = Duster, aka Mexican Wedding Cookies. A hard, crunchy cookie covered in powdered sugar, making it look like it’s covered in dust

Oreja (or-eh-hah) = Ear. The Mexican version of the French palmier, made from puff pastry, cinnamon, and sugar.

Cuernitos (kwair-nee-tohs) = Horns. Horn shaped dense bread with a pink stripe in the middle and covered in sugar.

Empanada de piña (ehm-pah-nah-dah deh peen-ya) = Pineapple turnover. Empanada pastries are triangle-shaped turnovers that can filled with pineapple, apple, guava, or sweet cream.

Niño envuelto (neen-yo ehn-bwel-toh) = Wrapped up child. Usually vanilla cake with strawberry or raspberry jam spread on it and then wrapped up and cut in slices

Elotes (eh-lo-tehs) = Corns. Wide strips of sweet bread covered in sugar

Cono (ko-no) = Cone. Buttery bread wrapped in a cone shape typically filled with cream.

Mantecadas (mhn-teh-kah-dahs) = Butter muffins. Just like the name says, these beauties are liffle muffins made with lots and lots of delicious butter.

Galleta Grajea (gah-yeh-tah grah-heh-ah) = Sprinkle cookie. A hard, crumbly cookie covered in sprinkles.

Galleta Sandía (gah-ye-tah sahn-dee-ah) = Watermelon cookie. A hard, crumbly vanilla cookie made with food coloring to resemble a slice of watermelon, including chocolate chip “seeds”

Galleta de Tres Colores (gah-yeh-tah deh tres ko-lo-res) = 3-colored cookie. A hard, crumbly vanilla cookie made with 3 different colors of food-coloring. Usually brown, pink, and one other color.

Puerco / Cochinito (pwair-kee-toh / ko-chee-nee-toh) = Little piggy. A hard cinnamon-flavored cookie in the shape of a pig. Delicious with a glass of milk!

Ojo de buey  (oh-ho deh bweh) = Ox eye. Delicious dough balls filled with shredded coconut and jam or marmalade

Galleta Happy Face (gah-yeh-tah jah-pi face) = Happy Face Cookie. A hard, crunchy vanilla cookie with a happy face drawn on it with jam

Phrases for Ordering

I would like ______ = me gustaría ______ (meh goo-star-e-ah)

I want ______ = Yo quiero_______ (yo key-er-oo)

Please: Por favor (pour fah-vor)

Thank you = Gracias (grr-ah see-as)

You’re welcome = De nada (means “it’s nothing” or don’t mention it) (dee nah-dah)

I’m sorry = Lo siento (low see-en-toe)

Repeat that please = Repete por favor (reh-pee-tay pour fah-vor)

Excuse me  = Perdon {for if you bump into someone} (pe-er-do-nn)

Excuse me = Permiso (pe-er-me-soo) {literally: “Your Permission”, use this to grab someone’s attention}

How much is it? = Cuánto cuesta? (cu-an-toe-cu-es-tah)

Please write down the price = Por favor escribe el precio? (pour fa-vo-rr es-cr-ee-bey)