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Polvorones or Mantecaditos Puerto Rico Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Updated on January 17, 2018

Polvorones ~ Mantecaditos Recipe a Puerto Rico Shortbread Cookies

Christmas time screams cookies, and at my house the one sugar cookie that we love is our Puerto Rico authentic Polvorones or Mantecaditos recipe. Polvorones or mantecaditos are a unique Puerto Rico shortbread cookie recipe with a twist. We use our thumbs to make an indent on the cookie ball before we bake them and we add sprinkles on the indent. This easy to make recipe will be your family's favorite after you try them.

I also add other ideas on how to make your mantecaditos or polvorones using chocolate pieces, fruit jelly or fruit pieces. Sometimes is even better to eat them without anything at all. they are that good!!

Polvorones Shortbread

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I remember my mother baking these delicious shortbread cookies call polvorones for after school snacks. I remember the smell coming out of the oven and how soft and amazing they taste. They are not only delicious, they are very easy to make and they go very fast! My husband and kids can never have enough of them.

I usually bake polvorones during the Christmas time but they are good enough to eat all year around.

polvorones recipe Puerto Rico
polvorones recipe Puerto Rico

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  • 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • non-pareil sprinkles


  1. ~ Pre-heat oven to 350 F. In a deep bowl, cream together the butter and Crisco.
  2. ~ Add the sugar slowly to the mix and mix well. Now add the almond extract and mix well. Now add the flour little by little until the mix is hard to stir.
  3. ~ Take the dough, form small balls until all is used. Place the small balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and press the center to make a very small well.
  4. ~ Place some (grageas)non-pareil sprinkles in the center of the cookie well. Place the cookies in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  5. DO NOT over cook.
  6. Let them cool before eating them.
3.2 stars from 292 ratings of Polvorones Recipe

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The unique shape of the polvorones is what makes them special. After you make your dough and roll it into little balls, you place them on your cookie sheet and with your thumb you make a small indent, where you will place sprinkles.

If you do not want to add sprinkles, you can just add whatever you like. Some people add chocolate pieces, fruits etc. make it your own. Another way you can make them is by not making the indent and bake as it is, when it's done you can sprinkle powder sugar on top to decorate.

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      Jazmin yepez 

      4 years ago

      Yes i love it. I am puerto rican. Are really really good

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      4 years ago

      I don't have any lemon extract on hand but do have seaverl lemons. Would it be possible to substitute lemon juice for the extract and if so how much? Looking forward to making these for my Mom's birthday, they look wonderful!

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      5 years ago

      Boom shaaklaka boom boom, problem solved.

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      Hannah Writes 

      6 years ago

      I must try these!

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      7 years ago

      Deliciousss! Thanks so much for sharing this lens!

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      7 years ago

      @anonymous: gracias porque tenia duda sobre la diferencia ;)

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      7 years ago

      There is difference between mantecaditos and polvorones. Mantecaditos are vanilla cookies and they have a hard texture to them. They are also yellow and may come a bit brownish . Polvorones taste like almond cookies very soft they can melt in ur mouth. Please do not confuse mantecaditos with polvorones. Two different taste and texture.

    • dragonlildragon profile image


      7 years ago

      you have some really great recipes. loving it.

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      7 years ago

      I love them, i grew up watching my grandmother make them in her kitchen in Puerto Rico where i was born, i used to help her make them, well i really ate them from the bowl with out being baked yet, and they still tasted good like that. I miss my grandmother my she rest in peace, but i remember her cooking and especially the Mantecaditos, with her thumb print on them. No that i have found the recipe am going to make them for my children and grandson's..

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      Kathryn Grace 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      I haven't had them, but I'm sure I will. My mother-in-law used to make wonderful thumb-print cookies very similar to these, and I have always wished I had her recipe. I will give these a try with my favorite whole wheat flour. Thank you for sharing your family recipe!

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      Mark Falco 

      7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I have never tried these but now I want cookies!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I love shortbread cookies so I am sure that I would like the Mantecaditos too.

    • floppypoppygift1 profile image


      7 years ago

      You are a talented writer & this lens about cookies is making me hungry. Cheers~cb

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      7 years ago

      I love them! Never tried to make them myself ... must try!

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      7 years ago

      These look delicious... I'll be trying them

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      7 years ago

      Polvorones so good.! Nice lens, I add it polvorones to my to do list... :)

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      Winter52 LM 

      7 years ago

      I have never found a shortbread cookie that I didn't like. These I'm trying next!!

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      7 years ago

      I'd like to try them.

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      7 years ago

      nice lense

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      8 years ago

      i don't like them, i LOVE them!


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