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Vanilla and Cinnamon Polvorónes

A polvorón is a delicious Mexican cookie. These are traditionally served on special occasions such as weddings or other parties. Known as ‘Mexican wedding cookies’ in the United States, polvorónes are easy to make and they are tasty and crumbly. Served with a cup of tea or glass of milk, a couple of these makes an incredible snack. The name comes from ‘polvo’ which is Spanish for dust or powder, and they are so named because before being cooked they are rolled in cinnamon sugar. Our recipe includes vanilla as well as cinnamon for a typical Mexican taste.

These crumbly, buttery little treats are simple to prepare. You will need sugar, butter, flour, and salt, which are all typical baking ingredients, along with vanilla and cinnamon. The butter and sugar are creamed, then you will add the vanilla, salt and cinnamon along with the flour. The dough you get will be quite stiff, but that is quite normal. Break it into 1-inch balls, trying to keep the sizes equal, and then they are ready to be rolled in cinnamon sugar, and you can finally bake them. They smell lovely while cooking. Let them cool on wire racks afterward.

There are different recipes for polvorónes. Some include nuts, such as almonds or pecans, while others might be flavored with almond extract instead of the vanilla extract we are using, or they might have other ingredients in there for a distinctive flavor. You can easily whip up a big batch of these if you are catering for a large event, or just make a few of them to delight the family. There is nothing not to like about these wonderful cookies, and even if you normally go for chewy ones, these are wonderfully crumbly and the flavor is to die for.

These can be traced back to the Spain, and actually the Spanish explorers introduced a lot of food to Mexico, and also took home botanical samples which is why there is so much crossover between Spanish and Mexican cuisines. Look back even further though and it is likely these were introduced to Spain by the Moors at some point, albeit in a slightly different form. This kind of cookie is actually found in many cuisines, although it is especially popular in Mexico and if you love cookies this polvorónes recipe is well worth making because they are so tasty.

Crumbly Polvorón Cookies
Summary: Polvorón cookies, or polvorónes, are known north of the border as Mexican wedding cookies. These little treats are rich, tasty, butter, and crumbly. They are also wonderfully easy to make.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
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  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a pair of cookie sheets.
  2. Cream the butter with ½ cup of powdered sugar until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Stir in the vanilla.
  4. Combine the flour with the salt and ½ teaspoon cinnamon.
  5. Stir this into the creamed mixture to get a stiff dough.
  6. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls.
  7. Combine 1 cup of powdered sugar with the cinnamon and roll the balls in this mixture.
  8. Bake them for 18 minutes or until they are golden-brown.
  9. Cool the polvorónes on wire racks.

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We cannot get enough of these wonderful little Mexican cookies, and even though some of us are diehard chewy cookie fans, it can be nice to have crumbly cookies sometimes. Making polvorónes is easy, and these are flavored with vanilla and cinnamon for a typical south of the border taste. Polvorónes are found all over Mexico, and if you have not tried them before, we recommend this easy recipe so you can discover for yourself what has to be one of the tastiest ever cookie recipes. The kids will love these and so will all the grownups.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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