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Desperately Seeking Cookies

Well, one particular kind of cookie I recall from my childhood. I grew up in the bordertown of El Paso, Texas with my very, very Mexican family. It wasn't unusual to find Mexican food products in our pantry even though we still lived in the U.S. I've been trying to find these particular cookies for years...my common sense tells me they just aren't manufactured anymore, but the little kid in me tells me that maybe somewhere I'll find a little bit more information about them, if nothing else.

My tia used to buy them in a huge box - the Arcoiris and Marias would come in similar large boxes back in the day as well. I don't remember their name or a particular manufacturer - i.e. Gamesa, Tia Rosa, Marinela...but my instincts tend to think they MAY have been made by Gamesa based on what I've been finding online.

What I DO remember about them (aside from the fact that they were positively delicious) is that they were a very rich medium brown color; very dense, very sweet, very dry - almost biscuit-like, especially because they seemed to be a little thicker than the average cookie. They were ring-shaped, and lightly coated on the tops in either yellow or pink colored, sugar-type icing (and we're talking...almost neon when I remember these colors). I only remember the icing ever coming in those two colors - being a little bit of a girlie-girl, I tended to only want to eat the pink ones, but the yellow ones tasted exactly the same. Heh.

If anyone can tell me anything about these cookies, or better yet, suggest something that tastes similar if they truly are gone from this world, I would be eternally grateful. Every new store I go into, I always check the ethnic food section to see if maybe, just maybe they'll be there sitting and waiting for me, but alas...I'm always left disappointed, but still dreaming.

And to get a bit of a discussion going along the same topic...has anyone else ever had a food in their life that made them feel this way? The one that got away, if you will...The one you're still searching for. Are you one of the lucky ones that found their long-lost nosh? Was it just as good as you remember?... Thanks for taking the time to read, everyone!

~Newbie Chowhound

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  1. I remember them too. I recall that they came in plastic bags. The icing was almost like a meringue, is that what you remember?

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    1. re: Mari

      Exactly! :D Those are the ones!

    2. I think these are what you are looking for:


      They are still being sold in México.

      Saludos from Baja California, México

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      1. re: migfim

        AHHH! They're almost perfect! The ones from back in the day used to be thicker and there was a hole in the center, but those are almost exactly them! :D Wow, thank you!

        I wonder if they would taste the same...

        Looks like I need to plan a trip to Mexico... XD

        Thank you, thank you, thank you for that photo, migfim! :D You really made my day!

        1. re: omgalletas

          You're welcome.

          Saludos from México

        2. re: migfim

          EEEE! I think I may be able to order them online now that you showed me the name! :D THANK YOU AGAIN!

        3. Oh my goodness! Okay, so I've been looking for the same exact thing!! This is exactly what I typed into google and how I found your post: "circular mexican cookies with a hole in the middle that have pink and yellow icing". lol! They were delicious and not quite like any other cookie I've ever had. We would always bring them back home with us after visiting my grandma in Texas and I LOVED stacking them on my finger through the hole. :) Everything about them, especially the texture, was so good. I've been looking forever too. I don't think they make them anymore, which is a shame, but wanted to let you know you're not alone. And hoping that if anyone ever sees your post and has an answer that I'll get to know too. The only thing I remember about the box was that it said galletas on it. Those cookies that Mari recommended are the closest thing I've ever found too. I remember my mom being so excited when she found them, and telling me she found "THE cookies" and how disappointed I was when I got to her house to see they weren't really THE ones. haha! Those ones taste more like the animal cracker biscuits but the icing makes you feel like you're getting a little of what you want.

          It's so funny how you described going into all the ethnic food sections hoping someday they'll be there. I feel EXACTLY the same way. And in fact, literally today, I stopped at a little Mexican market to check. They did have ONE bag of the Betunadas, and my daughter got all excited, but they were expired. :( However, you can find those here in the U.S. Just check out the Mexican markets. Good luck to us both. Maybe someday...fingers crossed. :)

          1. I've been trying to locate these cookies for quite some time too. I remember spending summers at my grandparents in El Paso during my childhood and eating these cookies. I'm hoping to find them someday and bring back some fond memories of eating them as a kid. The quest continues.....

            1. I have been looking for these cookies for years!!! I have such found memories of them growing up. I grew up in a town about eight miles from the Mexican border and my mom would buy these for me at the local grocery store. I just loved bringing that box home. I sooooooo wish I could still buy them for my children. They have heard me tell stories about how I would bite off all the icing, and stack them on my fingers, etc. If anyone ever finds them PLEASE post a message. I miss those cookies and am still after all these years hoping that some day I would find a box. (I can't even find an image of the box or cookies online to show my kids what I've been talking about)

              1. I hope someone some day finds out what these cookies are called. I too found this post by googleing mexican cookies with a hole in the middle. I too used to stack them on my finger and bite all the icing off first. I too search for them at the stores. My cousin was the one who reminded me about these cookies. We were remembering my grandma who passed away years ago and remembering she used to have this huge box of theses cookies and we loved eating them. Hoping to find them at the bodegas here. If not my mom says she'll ask her friend from mexico to keep an eye out for them. I wonder if you can find them at a sorianas.....

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                1. re: Jmdirtycorn

                  The name was shown in the picture posted above by migfim: Galleta Betunadas.

                  Here is an online retailer: http://www.latinbag.com/collections/c...

                  1. re: foodeye

                    Sadly, those aren't the ones. They were sold in a box and they had a hole in the center. Those ones are similar, and they do taste good, but the texture is different. The Betunadas taste more like animal crackers with icing. Not the same. :(
                    Thanks though!!

                2. I too remember these delicious cookies like everyone here on this post. The cookies were made by Gamesa and were called Roscas. For a long time I thought I was the only one looking for these cookies. I remember my grandma buying them for me here in San Antonio. Thinking about these cookies makes me remember her and my grandfather. I hope one day all of us here on this post will find these cookies again. Thank you omgalletas for starting this post and bringing back memories for me.

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                  1. re: tdsacc

                    I too have been recently searching for these cookies, but the Roscas cookes are not the right cookies as they are not iced. The doughnut shaped cookies were more like a ring-shaped gingerbread cookie w/icing. I've recently asked some friends from the border towns and they don't remember this cookie at all. ;( I fear they don't make them any more.

                  2. I have been looking for awhile too. I did not find them living in El Paso and also I have not found them in South Texas. I did find and bought a bag of what appeared to be the hole part of the cookie with the icing (donut holes). I have not found them since. What happened ????

                    1. I know those cookies, they have them in a bag brand here in Southern California carried in grocery stores. The one I found is called, galletas, betunados iced cookies by a food company called Pagasa. :)

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                      1. My husband has been talking about these cookies for a long time. I too have looked everywhere for them. He said they came in a box and that they looked like a white wall tire, brown cookies with a hole in the middle and iced with at least pink and yellow neon icing. If you do find them let us know and I will let you know too.

                        1. I am trying to find them too. I have a picture of the old box too. No luck so far.
                          If anyone finds or knows recipie please let me know.

                          1. I know exactly the cookies you are talking about. I know for a fact that these cookies have been discontinued for many years. They were a gingerbread type cookie. Even knowing they are discontinued, I still keep hoping I find them on store shelves. We lived a few miles from the border and I used to go there all the time. When I asked them for them they told me the sad news. They were wonderful cookies.

                            1. lol. You're not the only one. I remember eating them when i was a lil boy. I can almost taste them every time i think about them. lol. Whats the name on the box that you posted?