Have you been wondering how to make Puerto Rican polvorones? Yes, the polvorones topped with guava or sprinkles that is are the ultimate comfort cookie.  Puerto Rican polvorones is like a shortbread cookie with guava or sprinkles that is delicious, tasty and just right!
During our holiday vacation to Puerto Rico, one of the things that I wanted I really wanted to eat was polvorones,  a crumbly and yummy shortbread cookie. Back home in the US, I tried to learn how to make Puerto Rican polvorones on my own with no luck. I could cook for you an authentic Puerto Rican meal and make some mean sandwichitos de mezcla.  Baking? Not so much!
Luckily, for me, my Dad came to the rescue! He had a no-fail recipe for polvorones. Yay me! He was so patient with me hahaha and I came home to try it and was very happy with the result. Now, if only I can get my little one to enjoy them as much as I do.
How to Make Puerto Rican Polvorones

How to Make Puerto Rican Polvorones

Puerto Rican Polvorones Recipe

  • Ingredients:
    2 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of shortening (Crisco)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon of almond or vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles or guava

Pre-heat oven to 350º F

  1. Mix together softened butter, shortening, extract, and sugar
  2. Mix until it’s creamy
  3. Add flour slowly
  4. You will have a firm but crumbly-looking dough
  5. With a scooper (or your hands)  form a ball approximately 1 inch
  6. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and place balls of cookies with 1″ space between each cookie
  7. Push gently in the middle and sprinkle the sprinkles or place a small piece of guava
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until it has a golden color

Enjoy! Do you have a favorite recipe for cookies?  Please share!


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  1. Rico! Do you find guava en the stores in the US? I've never looked before, but I'm guessing hubby would be thrilled with me if I made these for him. 🙂

  2. Hi Joana!! In my neck of the woods I have a hard time finding guava. Only once, I found some in an international food market. My Mom often sends me some "encargos" (goodies) from Puerto Rico and that includes the guayaba paste! I'm pretty sure your hubby would be excited! It's such a sweet treat. 🙂

  3. These look delicious!! Thank you for sharing them at my Holiday Cookie Swap Around the World!!

  4. I just made these they are yummy, my son loved them!! The only issue I had was that the bottom burned, how can I avoid this? Please HELP!!

    1. Author

      Hola Katty! Ovens tend to vary on baking time. Perhaps, instead of the 20-25 mins. maybe check them at 15 mins.?? Another suggestion is using parchment paper instead of just greasing up the cookie sheet. Hope this helps!

  5. Thank you so much for this recipe. I made these for my boyfriend and he loved them. He said they taste just like the ones they selling the Puerto Rican bakeries.

    1. Author

      Hi Brooke! This makes me so happy!!! I’ll share this comment with my Dad. Thanks so much! 🙂

  6. Hi! How many 1 inch cookies this recipe makes?

    1. Author

      Hola Mari! When my Dad made them it was like 3 dozen. Thanks

  7. Is there any way to make these without the shortening? Thank you.

    1. Author

      Hi there! I’m sorry but I’m not sure if there’s a substitute for the shortening. I think if you use something else the cookies will crumble and not hold together.

  8. My house smells buttery and the cookies came out amazing!!!! Thank you

    1. Author

      Yay!!! I’m going to share your comment with my Dad. So happy they came out amazing.

  9. We love these cookies! I’ve used this recipe to make all kinds of thumbprint cookies too, filling them with jam & even Nutella. Guava paste is my all-time favorite & I finally found it on Amazon. Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

    1. Author

      Awe!!! Thanks for letting me know. My Dad will be very happy to hear this. 🙂

  10. These are absolutely amazing, however when we make them they almost crumble apart as we roll them into balls. Any suggestions? Could it be that we have made the dough the night before?
    Thank you and your dad for the amazing recipe!

    1. Author

      I’ll surely let him know. Thank you! When you’re making the dough with the shortening (Crisco) it’s usually at room temperature helping to keep the balls together. If you refrigerate the shortening hardens making your balls crumble. Hope this helps. Perhaps make the dough and bake them right away. 🙂

  11. Did you use salted or unsalted butter?

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