What is the recipe for pan de polvo?


Quick Answer

Pan de polvo is a traditional Mexican cookie recipe served at Christmas, quinceneras and weddings. It is made by combining flour, butter, almonds and sugar into an easy-to-roll dough and dipping the warm cookies into a mixture of powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar.

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Full Answer

This cookie recipe is easy enough for novice cooks to make for any occasion. The recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Inactive Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ready In: 3 hours, 30 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  1. Combine the ingredients
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Stir in the water and vanilla to combine then add the flour and almonds. Mix until well blended.

  3. Chill
  4. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

  5. Preheat the oven
  6. Preheat the oven to 325 F.

  7. Make the cookies
  8. Shape the dough into small balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes.

  9. Cool and coat with powdered sugar
  10. When the cookies have baked, remove them from the cookie sheet and allow them to cool on a wire rack. When cooled, roll them in the powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar mixture. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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