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Island Bites: Polvorones (Puerto Rican Shortbread Cookies)

Updated on August 2, 2013
4 stars from 36 ratings of Polvorones (Puerto Rican Shortbread Cookies)

What is a polvorón?

Polvorón is a soft, dense and crumbly (shortbread-type) cookie, popular in Latin America, Spain and also Philippines. Polvorón basic ingredients are flour, sugar and lard. It is a type of "mantecado", spanish shortbreads made with manteca (lard). Every country has its own versions of polvorones. Puerto Rican version is simple and delicious.

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add salt and extracts. Mix until combined.
  2. Add the flour slowly and mix until incorporated. The dough must be thick and manageable.
  3. With a scoop or your hands, form small balls (about 1 tbs each). Place in a cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes or until completely baked (bottom must be golden but top must be pale). Let them cool at least 10 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp almond extract

Have you ever tried a polvorón?

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You can also...

  • Press your thumb to make an indent in each cookie before baking them, and fill with any fruit jam. Guava paste is the favorite here in the Island.
  • After you let it cool completely, roll them in powdered sugar.

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      Laura L Scotty 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Good recipe. voted up.

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks!!

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      Julia J. 3 years ago

      Thank you for share. It looks delicious!

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks, Julia!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      This recipe looks so good. Reminds me of our sugar cookie. I'm definitely going to try your recipe.

      I love Puerto Rican food!

      Voted UP and shared.

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you! Hope you like it!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      IslandBites, these definitely look worth trying! I love shortbread, sugar and variations of these cookies, so this looks like one I'll enjoy. Thanks for the recipe.

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      You're gonna like them. Thanks!

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      SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

      I often use to sneak into class half a dozen colored cellophane wrapped Polvorones during my elementary school days. And surreptitiously take a bite or two when our teacher wasn't looking. This article reminded me of those earlier times. I'm from the Philippines, Polvorone is one among the many native sweet delicacy that children are fond of. Thank you for sharing your country's version of the Polvorone. I'll make a batch and tell my grandchildren "These are from Puerto Rico :)

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Ah, nice story! We (PH and PR (well, all Latin Countries) have a lot in common because our history. Hope you like them! Thanks.

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      Lucy Jones 3 years ago from Scandinavia

      They sound divine. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and FB shared.

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks for your comment, starbright!

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      These sound wonderful. I love shortbread cookies. Your profile name and recipes are intriguing. I love to try new food. Thanks for sharing!

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I'm glad you like the hub. Thanks for the comment!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love yr shortbread cookies. Definitely going to try baking some. Seriously, no eggs? Awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing and the photo itself looks so tempting to me.

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Hi, peachpurple! I hope you like them. Thanks for the comment!

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      Derdriu 3 years ago

      IslandBites, Your recipe is user-friendly in the ingredients and instructions. Also, I appreciate the information about the dent for filling afterwards with guava jam, which is what I did with amanteigados in Brazil. Already I know polvorones too from the polboroi of the Basque Country. So I'm looking forward to trying this (to be expected) delicious version of an item from Borincana cuisine.

      Shared.

      Respectfully, and with many thanks, Derdriu

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Hello, Derdriu! Yes, "mantecados" are a variety of sweets (shortbreads) from Spain. Polvoron is a type of mantecado. That's why, in some form, you can find similar recipes from all LatinAmerica. It's is nice to know in Brazil too.

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Love them!

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      hi 3 years ago

      How many does this make

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Depends on the size you make them (a tsp or a tbs each), between 40 and 50+.

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      alguien 3 years ago

      Could i eliminate the almond extract?

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      You could use more vanilla extract instead.

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