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Polvorones: Puerto Rican Shortbread Cookies

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Polvorones are popular all over the world. Learn how to make your own!

Polvorones are popular all over the world. Learn how to make your own!

What Is a Polvorón?

A polvorón is a soft, dense, and crumbly (shortbread-type) cookie that is popular in Latin America, Spain, and also the Philippines. The main ingredients are flour, sugar, and lard. It is a type of mantecado, or, Spanish shortbread made with manteca (lard).

Each of these countries has its own version of polvorones. The Puerto Rican version of this treat is almond flavored. It is simple, yet delicious.

Let's learn how to make this delicious cookie at home!


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


  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 on a cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake in a preheated oven at 375ºF for 15 to 20 minutes or until completely baked (the bottom must be golden but the top must be pale). Let cool for at least 10 minutes.


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