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 ….

Hum! now I know why the polvorosas are desappearing.


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.


Marcellina said...

These biscuits look really moreish! I wonder what you count as vegetable shortening. Is it margarine?

Donna said...

Oh, I Love these things!
Thanks for the recipe sweetie!!
Have a Happy day!!

Marcellina said...

Hi again, Faery! Still wanting to make these. We don't have Crisco. We do have Copha ( Solid fat made for coconut oil) but I don't think that would be right. Could I sub butter or marg?

creative jenny said...

Faery, you present such interesting Venezuelan delights which I have forgotten after being 35 years abroad. I will give these a try and will take a picture and share results with you. Not now but soon... I love your blog, the lay out, colours and... such relaxing and beautiful music. Thank you for sahreing...