Island Bites: Polvorones (Puerto Rican Shortbread Cookies)

Updated on December 23, 2017
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Island Bites is a Puerto Rican cook with decades of experience in the kitchen. She's an expert in Latin American cuisine.

4 stars from 37 ratings of 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.

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

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.

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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      • IslandBites profile imageAUTHOR

        IslandBites 

        4 years ago from Puerto Rico

        You could use more vanilla extract instead.

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        alguien 

        4 years ago

        Could i eliminate the almond extract?

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        IslandBites 

        5 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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        hi 

        5 years ago

        How many does this make

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        Thief12 

        5 years ago from Puerto Rico

        Love them!

      • IslandBites profile imageAUTHOR

        IslandBites 

        5 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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        Derdriu 

        5 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

      • IslandBites profile imageAUTHOR

        IslandBites 

        5 years ago from Puerto Rico

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

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        peachy 

        5 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 

        5 years ago from Puerto Rico

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

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        Denise Handlon 

        5 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 

        5 years ago from Puerto Rico

        Thanks for your comment, starbright!

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        Lucy Jones 

        5 years ago from Scandinavia

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

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        IslandBites 

        5 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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        SilentReed 

        5 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 

        5 years ago from Puerto Rico

        You're gonna like them. Thanks!

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        Tirralan Watkins 

        5 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 

        5 years ago from Puerto Rico

        Thank you! Hope you like it!

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        Mary Hyatt 

        5 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 

        5 years ago from Puerto Rico

        Thanks, Julia!

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        Julia J. 

        5 years ago

        Thank you for share. It looks delicious!

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        IslandBites 

        5 years ago from Puerto Rico

        Thanks!!

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        Laura L Scotty 

        5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

        Good recipe. voted up.

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