Polvorones con Guayaba  (Puerto Rico Shortbread Cookies with Guava)

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.  I attempted to make some a while back with no luck.  Luckily, for me my Dad came to the rescue! He had a no fail recipe for polvorones. Yay me! I came home to try it, and was very happy with the result. Now, if only I can get little one to enjoy them as much as I do.
  • 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 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 cookie?  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

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