Island Bites: 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.
- Cream together butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add salt and extracts. Mix until combined.
- Add the flour slowly and mix until incorporated. The dough must be thick and manageable.
- 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.
- 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?
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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