Polvorones recipe (mexican cookies)

Prepare these polvorones recipe at home and enjoy them with a delicious café de olla in a very mexican style. These yummy treats are similar in texture to a pie crust, something between a cake and a cookie.

Our polvorones recipe is very easy to make and you don’t need special ingredients or fancy utensils. Also, the dough is very versatile and you can make them in various shapes. Don’t miss the video below where we show you how!

Desayuno mexicano: Polvorones y café de olla.

What are polvorones?

Polvorones are a mexican sweet bread very similar to a cookie. They are sold in all Mexican bakeries and come in many flavors, colors, and shapes. There are round, star-shaped, rhombus and even square.

These delicious cookies are a gift that The Spanish Conquest brought to Mexico, when the spaniards introduced their delicious pastry, adapting it to the uses, ingredients and customs of the Aztec country.

Thus, while Spanish polvorones recipe is noted by adding ground almonds in its preparation, in the mexican recipe this is not always the case. Another difference is the use of lard or shortening in mexican polvorones instead of butter as in the spanish cookies. I like to make mines using both so I won’t miss the flavour of any of them.

Polvorones cookies

In Mexico we can find polvorones of different flavors, for example cinnamon, orange, lemon, vanilla, chocolate and even anise. We also find them in different shapes; watch the video where we show you how to make some of those then you decide which one to make.

Polvorones are perfect to enjoy with a coffee in the morning or with a tea or chocolate in the afternoon; or just when we can sit quietly to enjoy a sweet treat.

I have to confess that when I was living in Mexico they were not one of my favorite sweet breads. But as you know, when one moves away from our country, many things are missed, even when before they were not exactly part of our lives. Polvorones are one now of my favorite Mexican sweets along with elote ice cream.

And here I am, sharing with you my polvorones recipe. Even if you do not have an electric mixer, you can still do it by hand since it will only take a little more time, but the effort will for sure pay off when you’ll be enjoying a crumbling, warm, delicious homemade polvorón.

Polvorones Recipe

Put the butter and shortening in the stand mixer bowl, add the sugar and beat at high speed for 5 minutes or until achieving a smooth and fluffy cream. Add the egg, the orange zest and the vanilla, beat for two more minutes.

Sift the flour together with baking powder and baking soda. Remove the whisk attachment and put the paddles. Add a cup of flour and mix to integrate the ingredients, add the rest of the flour one cup at a time until everything is combined.

Form a ball, wrap it with cling film and placet it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Make the cookies

With a rolling pin roll the dough into a large circle about 0,80cm (1/3 inch) thick. Cut circles about 9cm (3,60″).

If you want to decore them with a little circle in the middle you can use a small cookie cutter or the tip of a clean glass bottle.

How to make the “gendarmes”

Divide the dough into 12-14 portions of the same weight.

Form a cylinder with a portion of the dough, give it an elongated shape with your hands and flatten it with your palms. Use a fork to make the stripes.

For the rustic edges

Do not knead the dough too much. As you take it off the refrigerator, make the portions and use the palm of your hands or the bottom of a heavy plate to flatten them and make the edges uneven.

Bake

Place the polvorones on a baking sheet. If you want, you can make a mixture of 1 egg + 1 tablespoon of cream and use this to brush the top of the cookies.

Bake at 180°C (350F) for 18-20 minutes or until the polvorones start to brown. Take them out of the oven and very carefully place them on a cooling rack

Once the polvorones have cooled enough, you can roll them in icing sugar or brush them with melted butter and then roll them through sugar. Or you can simply enjoy them as they have come out of the oven.

Recipe notes

  • If you want some chocolate flavored polvorones, remove a portion of the dough (for example 1/3) and add two tablespoons of cocoa powder, knead until the chocolate is well integrated into the dough.
  • It is important to not skip the resting time in the refrigerator as this allows the dough to take on a more compact texture that will be better to handle and make the polvorones.
  • When transferring the polvorones from the oven to the cooling rack, be very careful because they’re very fragile and could break easily.

How to store

Once the polvorones are at room temperature, you can put them in a container with a lid and leave them in the kitchen. They keep for about a week.

If you want to freeze them, wrap them individually in cling film or place them into a freeze-proof container.

Polvorones recipe (mexican cookies)

Prepare these polvorones recipe at home and enjoy them with a delicious café de ollain a very mexican style. These yummy treats are similar in texture to a pie crust, something between a cake and a cookie.
PREP 30 minutes
COOK 20 minutes
TOTAL 1 hour 20 minutes
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 14 cookies
Author: Maricruz

Ingredients 

  • 500 gr all purpose flour
  • 80 gr sugar
  • 150 gr butter (softened)
  • 100 gr shortening (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange zest

plus

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cream (or milk)
  • icing sugar

Instructions

  • Put the butter and shortening in the stand mixer bowl, add the sugar and beat at high speed for 5 minutes or until achieving a smooth and fluffy cream. Add the egg, the orange zest and the vanilla, beat for two more minutes.
  • Sift the flour together with baking powder and baking soda. Remove the whisk attachment and put the paddles. Add a cup of flour and mix to integrate the ingredients, add the rest of the flour one cup at a time until everything is combined.
  • Form a ball, wrap it with cling film and placet it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

MAKE THE COOKIES

  • With a rolling pin roll the dough into a large circle about 0,80cm (1/3 inch) thick. Cut circles about 9cm (3,60″).
  • If you want to decore them with a little circle in the middle you can use a small cookie cutter or the tip of a clean glass bottle.

HOW TO MAKE THE “GENDARMES”

  • Divide the dough into 12-14 portions of the same weight.
  • Form a cylinder with a portion of the dough, give it an elongated shape with your hands and flatten it with your palms. Use a fork to make the stripes.

FOR THE RUSTIC EDGES

  • Do not knead the dough too much. As you take it off the refrigerator, make the portions and use the palm of your hands or the bottom of a heavy plate to flatten them and make the edges uneven.

BAKE

  • Place the polvorones on a baking sheet. If you want, you can make a mixture of 1 egg + 1 tablespoon of cream and use this to brush the top of the cookies.
  • Bake at 180°C (350F) for 18-20 minutes or until the polvorones start to brown. Take them out of the oven and very carefully place them on a cooling rack
  • Once the polvorones have cooled enough, you can roll them in icing sugar or brush them with melted butter and then roll them through sugar. Or you can simply enjoy them as they have come out of the oven.

notes

  • If you want some chocolate flavored polvorones, remove a portion of the dough (for example 1/3) and add two tablespoons of cocoa powder, knead until the chocolate is well integrated into the dough.
  • It is important to not skip the resting time in the refrigerator as this allows the dough to take on a more compact texture that will be better to handle and make the polvorones.
  • When transferring the polvorones from the oven to the cooling rack, be very careful because they’re very fragile and could break easily.
Nutrition
Serving: 1grams
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