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Today begins what for me is, without a doubt, the busiest week of the year. Along with Thanksgiving Day, the first week of December marks the beginning of a real frenzy. It happens to all of us that we have made cooking our way of life.
Despite the madness of these days, I stop to give thanks. 2020 has put us all to the test. It has hit us hard and made us put things in perspective. And yet there are so many reasons we are so grateful.
As my thing is cooking and sharing recipes, my way to say thank you and celebrate the most beautiful time of the year is with this Venezuelan almond cookies recipe. These cookies are called polvorosas, which literally means made out of dust. They are delicious and once you start, you can’t stop eating them.
The Perfect Gift For Seniors
But before getting into the matter, I also want to thank Care Smart, the new Verizon’s smartphone, that made it possible that in the midst of the madness of the holidays, I take a break to bake these cookies … and also to sit down calmly and without a rush to write and share the recipe with you.
You may wonder what Care Smart is. And I will tell you that it is a watch and a service specially designed for the health and safety of the elderly and to provide peace of mind to their caregivers. It is waterproof and includes its own phone number and also has a GPS. I have been using it for a month and am fascinated. Not only is it super cool and weightless, but it is also very easy to use. Among other things, it allows me to:
- Make calls to 10 of my most important contacts. I can also receive calls from those contacts and send and receive text messages.
- Count the steps that I walk daily. This has helped me to move a little more to reach my goal of 12 thousand steps per day.
- Picking my favorite ringtones and setting alarms and reminders, including 12 glasses of water to drink daily, important calls to make, medical appointments, and even taking breaks to get up and stretch when I’m working on the computer.
- Give peace of mind to my children, who now know where I am at all times.
- Limit the time I spend “glued” to my cell phone. You can’t imagine the happiness when every week my phone tells me that my screen time has decreased by so many percent compared to the previous week. Bingo!
- And last but not least my Care Smart allows me to get out with fewer things in hand. This is another wonder, especially in the times we are living in because when I go, for example to the supermarket, now I only carry my purse and my car key. This way I don’t run the risk of leaving my phone misplaced or contaminating it.
Care Smart is the perfect gift for seniors living independently, and for their caregivers who are busy adults, and also for families who want to take care of their parents and grandparents. The price of each device is $149.99. For Verizon customers, the monthly service fee is $10, and for other carriers vustomers, it is $15 per month.
But this is not all, until December 31, 2020 there is a special promotion that includes a discount of $50 on the purchase of a Care Smart when you buy a new smartphone from Verizon.
Almond Polvorosas: A Tradition, A Cookie
And now back to my polvorosas. I learned to do them, like so many other things, with Piedad de Julio, who did them for the last time for me 19 years ago when my son Andrés Ignacio was born.
She sent them to me from the Hacienda Santa Teresa in Aragua, to the hospital in Caracas. So I had the most delicious homemade cookies to offer to the many who came to visit me in the hospital to meet my baby.
I have treasured this polvorosas recipe for almost 20 years. I made them as part of the petit furs that I served at my two children’s christenings. Here in the United States, I do them every time a friend has a baby, or when she baptizes it, and also when there are first communions.
I also make them to order for Christmas… because I think these Venezuelan almond cookies are Santa’s favorite too!
Polvorosas or Polvorones?
These polvorosas are cousins of the Dominican and Mexican polvorones. They owe their name to the powdery quality of these delicious, which melts like dust in the mouth. This dough does not contain eggs or any binding element, except fat.
What is true is that these almond cookies are one of those secret pleasures, which are enjoyed in silence: because if I make a lot of noise, they fly. My kids adore them and I don’t know anyone who resists them.
These polvorosas have gluten, because they are made with wheat flour. I think all-purpose flour can be substituted with gluten-free flour. I’m going to try and let you know.
How To Make Polvorosa Cookies
Pilar de Julio’s recipe is made with almonds that are first blanched and then roasted in the oven. Since almond flour is now in common use, and you can find it anywhere, I make my polvorosas with it. I hope you like them as much as I do. One more time, thanks to Care Smart and Verizon for sponsoring me.
Polvorosas de almendra
- 1 taza de harina todo uso
- ½ taza de harina de almendras
- 1 taza de azúcar
- ½ taza de manteca vegetal
- 1 cucharadita de canela en polvo
- Azúcar impalpable
- Precalienta el horno a 300˚F y cubre una bandeja de hornear con papel pergamino o con un silicon mat.
- En el tazón de un procesador de alimentos, pon todos los ingredientes menos el azúcar impalpable. Procesa hasta que se forme una mada lo más uniforme posible.
- Con la ayuda de un rodillo, extiende la masa en una superficie de trabajo lisa, hasta que quede con un espesor de ¼ de pulgada.
- Con un cortador de galletas redondo, corta las polvorosas, y con la ayuda de una espátula, ponlas con cuidado en una bandeja de hornear.
- Hornea por 12 minutos.
- Deja enfriar totalmente y cierne sobre las polvorosas un poco de azúcar impalpable.