Tonight, I made Filipino polvoron for the first time. What is polvoron, you ask? The word polvoron is a Spanish word meaning powder or dust. In the Philippines, polvoron is soft and crumbly shortbread candy made of flour, sugar, milk powder, and butter. It was pretty easy to make. I just found a recipe online, and all the ingredients are easily accessible here in The Gambia.
– 2 cups all purpose flour (sifted)
– 1 cup milk powder
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 1 cup softened butter
– Put the flour into a pan or wok, and toast the flour over medium heat.
– Stir until slightly golden.
– Transfer the toasted flour into a mixing bowl and let the flour cool for 15-20 minutes.
– Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix well. Using hands works best.
– Either using a polvoron mold or cookie cutter, or your bare hands, shape the buttery flour mixture into cookies.
– Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Since it’s Christmas, I also added in some red and green food coloring to make it a little more festive.
It was fun to make, and when I shared it with the rest of the Peace Corps peeps, they loved it. I’m probably gonna make more tomorrow or on Christmas Eve (since half of it has already been eaten).