Island Bites: Polvorones (Puerto Rican Shortbread Cookies)
What is a polvorón?
Polvorón is a soft, dense, and crumbly (shortbread-type) cookie that is popular in Latin America, Spain, and also the Philippines. Polvorón main ingredients are flour, sugar, and lard. It is a type of "mantecado," Spanish shortbreads made with manteca (lard).
Each of these countries has its own versions of polvorones. The Puerto Rican version of this treat is almond flavored. It is a simple cookie and yet delicious.
- 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
- 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.
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.