Venezuelan Almond Cookies + VIDEO

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I can’t believe I’m baking my Venezuelan almond cookies (aka polvorosas de almendra.) I say this because today begins what, for me, is, no doubt, the busiest time of the year. So, baking these delicious almond “polvorositas” is a true luxury.

Venezuelan almond cookies, aka polvorosas, in a chine tray.

Note: This recipe is part of a partnership with Verizon’s Care Smart. Thanks to the Amazon Associates Program and other affiliate programs, I receive compensation for the products sold through the affiliate links in this post at no cost to the buyer.

Time to be thankful…

Along with the two weeks leading up to Christmas and the week we celebrate Thanksgiving, this is my busiest season. I’m in the midst of a true cooking frenzy. It happens to all of us who made our way of life in the kitchen.

Ingredients to make Venezuelan almond cookies.

I want to pause and express gratitude. 2020 has tested us all. It has hit us hard. And made us put things in perspective. And yet, there are many reasons to be thankful.

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.

Ingredients to make almond cookies named "polvorosas".

These cookies are called polvorosas, metaphorically meaning they are made out of dust. They are so delicious that you can’t stop eating them once you start.

Before I get into business, I also want to thank Care Smart. My partnership with Verizon’s new smartwatch allowed me to take a break and bake these cookies. So, please keep reading because, at the end of this post, I’ll tell you everything about my Care Smart.

Almond polvorosas: a tradition made into a cookie

The making of the Venezuelan almond cookies dough in a food processor.

And now, back to business. I learned to make these delicious cookies —like so many other things— with Piedad de Julio. The last time Piedad made them for me was 19 years ago, when my son Andrés Ignacio was born.

She sent them from the Hacienda Santa Teresa, in Aragua state, in the heart of Venezuela, my home country. They came in a giant can, and there were more than 200 cookies!

View of the cutting process of Venezuelan polvorositas.

That’s how I had the most delicious homemade morsels to treat those who visited me in the hospital in Caracas, to meet my first boy.

Venezuelan almond cookies: the perfect gift

I have treasured this almond polvorosas recipe for almost 20 years. I baked them as part of the petit furs I served when I Christened my two boys.

Raw Venezuelan almond cookies in a cooking sheet covered with parchment paper.

Here in America, I bake them whenever a friend has a baby or when they baptize them. They are perfect for first communion gatherings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and weddings.

I also bake them on demand for Christmas. I swear they are Santa’s favorite cookies. That’s what my kids have always said.

Venezuelan almond cookies

By the way, although both my boys refuse to speak Spanish, they pronounce the word pol-vo-ro-sa perfectly and with no English accent. They even ask to bake them to give them away on special occasions.

Polvorosas or polvorones?

These polvorosas are the first cousins of the Spanish polvorones. They owe their name to the dusty quality of their dough. They literally melt in the mouth.

Venezuelan almond cookies

The dough does not contain eggs or any binding element except fat. So these almond cookies are delicate and fall apart just by looking at them. That’s why you must make them in small sizes without manipulating them much.

Venezuelan almond cookies

What is true is that these almond cookies are one of those secret pleasures I enjoy secretly and in silence. If I make a lot of noise, they will literally fly.

My children adore them, and I don’t know anyone who resists them. When I give them away, I always remain regal!

How to make gluten-free almond cookies

Venezuelan almond cookies

These polvorosas have gluten because I make them with all-purpose flour. I think you can substitute this flour with gluten-free all-purpose flour. I may try the substitution one of these days, and I’ll tell you.

Making them without sugar is another story. I have not yet found a sugar substitute that convinces me.

How to make almond flour

Pilar’s recipe is made with almonds that are first blanched and then roasted in the oven. Since almond flour is now in everyday use, and you can find it anywhere, I make my polvorosas with it.

Venezuelan almond cookies

If you don’t have almond flour on hand, you can make it as follow:

  1. Use almonds that have been blanched and then toasted in a 300F oven for about 5-8 minutes. 
  2. While the almonds are baking, it is good to stir them to prevent them from burning.
  3. To grind the almonds, you must wait for them to cool completely. Then process them in a food processor until they get the right texture.
  4. While processing, be careful not to over-process. Otherwise, the almonds could become butter.

How to make Venezuelan almond cookies

To make this recipe, you will need the following utensils and ingredients:

The following is Piedad’s recipe. I hope you like it as much as I do. Please subscribe to my Youtube channel and visit my Amazon store. One more time, thanks to Care Smart and Verizon for sponsoring me.

Venezuelan almond cookies
5 from 9 votes

Venezuelan Almond Cookies or Polvorosas de almendra

These almond “polvorosa” cookies owe their name to the powdery quality of their dough, which melts like powder in the mouth. These are the most delicious and easy-to-make almond cookies you could ever dream of. They are ready in less than 15 minutes. They are perfect for snacks and also to give away.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Cooling down15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 doz
Calories: 613kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • powdered sugar to dust

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, place all the ingredients except the powdered sugar. Process until well combined.
  • With the help of a rolling pin, roll out the dough on a smooth work surface until it is ¼-inch thick.
  • With a round cookie cutter, cut the “polvorosas,” and with the help of a spatula, carefully place them on the baking tray.
  • Bake for 12 minutes.
  • Cool down completely, and sift powdered sugar on top.

Video

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Venezuelan Almond Cookies or Polvorosas de almendra
Amount Per Serving
Calories 613 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 50g56%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 0.02mg0%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Venezuelan
Keyword: how to make Venezuelan almond cookies, how to make Venezuelan almond polvorosas, recipe for almond polvorones, recipe for almond polvorosas, Venezuelan almond cookies, Venezuelan almond cookies recipe, Venezuelan almond polvorosas recipe
Author: Piedad de Julio

Notes

  1. If you don’t have almond flour on hand, you can use almonds that have been blanched and then toasted in a 300F oven for about 5-8 minutes.
  2. While the almonds are being toasted, it is good to stir them to prevent them from burning.
  3. To grind the almonds, you must wait for them to cool completely. Then process them in a food processor until they get the right texture.
  4. While processing, be careful not to over-process. Otherwise, the almonds could become butter.

A unique gift for the seniors

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. 

Venezuelan almond cookies

It is waterproof and includes its 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 I experience 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 of my house or car 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 won’t risk leaving my phone misplaced or contaminating it.

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