Polvorosas, the Venezuelan Shortbread.
These cookies are incredibly delicious and if you try one you’ll keep trying…believe me. The name comes from the texture of these cookies, well I do not know how to translate it but it has to do with dust although they are not dusty, they should be named sandy because they are more like wet beach sand… The house smells so good when they are in the oven and they are so delicious especially when you dunk a cookie in hot cocoa, it is so comforting ….
250 gr vegetable shortening.
70 gr salted butter.
250 gr sugar.
500 gr self raising flour.
1 teaspoon cinnamon.
1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
A pinch of clove.
1- 1- Cream together shortening, butter and sugar with an electric mixer.
2- 2- Add the vanilla and spices.
3- 3- Add 450 gr flour, if the dough is too sticky and the rest of the flour. Let rest for about 20 minutes and make small balls of dough and with a finger or a fork press the center of the cookies. Place them on a greased jelly roll pan and bake 190°C until they are light brown on the bottom.
4- 4- Let them cool on a rack
Notes: you can dust them with icing sugar after baking or decorate them with a cherry before baking. I decorated mine with shredded peanut.
To add the flour: if you have a KA or similar there’s no problem, if you don’t add flour first with a wooden spoon and then knead with your hands.