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polvorones de almendra recipe

Polvorones: Spanish Christmas Cookies

Polvorones are a traditional Christmas cookie from the south of Spain. Made from almonds, they crumble into a delicate powder in your mouth, perfect for soaking up eggnog!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories: 178.26kcal
Author: David Pope


  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup raw peeled almonds
  • 1/2 cup of pork lard or 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
  • Place the almonds on a baking tray and toast in the oven until they start to go a faint golden color (roughly 8-10 minutes). Reduce the oven temperature to 250F (120C).
  • Take the almonds out of the oven and grind into a flour-like texture in a food processor.
  • Next, in a large mixing bowl, combine the lard/butter, sugar, and cinnamon with an electric hand mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the flour and ground almonds to the lard/butter mixture and incorporate into a dough. (The dough will be quite crumbly, but that's okay!).
  • Place a sheet of waxed baking paper onto a clean countertop or cutting board. In the mixing bowl, work the dough into the shape of a ball, and then put it on top of the baking paper. Carefully flatten it with a floured rolling pin to a rectangle with about a 1/2-inch thickness.
  • Using a cookie cutter, cut the dough into circular cookies.
  • Move the cookie dough to a greased baking tray/cookie sheet (you might want to use a spatula, as the crumbly dough might break apart in your hands).
  • Bake the cookies for 25-30 minutes, until you see the edges start to turn a golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the tray until you move them, as moving them hot will likely cause them to crumble to dust!
  • Serve at room temperature, dusted with powdered sugar.


Calories: 178.26kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.46g | Protein: 1.32g | Fat: 5.87g | Saturated Fat: 3.66g | Cholesterol: 15.25mg | Sodium: 1.75mg | Potassium: 20.8mg | Fiber: 0.38g | Sugar: 22.44g | Vitamin A: 177.27IU | Vitamin C: 0.08mg | Calcium: 4.41mg | Iron: 0.61mg
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