Spanish Christmas cookies

Polvorones are delicious Spanish Christmas cookies made with toasted almonds that you can easily make…
Spanish Christmas cookies
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Polvorones are delicious Spanish Christmas cookies made with toasted almonds that you can easily make at home this holiday season that are a guaranteed hit. These rich and buttery almond cookies are a favorite in Spain this time of year. Whether you’re planning the meal at your home or you’re merely responsible for bringing the sweets to somebody else’s house, these are definitely the cookies to bring if you want to impress your family and friends. Simply follow this easy recipe, and you’ll be the toast of your holiday gathering with people clamoring for the secret to these yummy Christmas cookies.


1-1/2 cups unbleached white flour

3/4 cup raw almonds

5 oz butter or margarine

3/4 cup granulated white sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Initial Preparation

The first thing you want to do when preparing these Christmas cookies is to start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Next, pour measured flour onto a cookie sheet and place sheet in oven to toast for roughly 8 minutes, occasionally moving flour around on the cookie sheet so that it will toast evenly. Remove and set aside.

Now place almonds on another cookie sheet and toast them until they change color ever so slightly. Once this is accomplished, remove from oven and place almonds into a food processor and proceed to grind them into fine pieces.

Midway Preparation

You’ve gotten this far with your Christmas cookies, so now reduce the oven temperature to 250 degrees before you go any farther. At this point, you’ll want to cream your butter, cinnamon, and sugar together in a large bowl before adding the toasted flour and finely ground almonds. Continue mixing until the dough becomes very crumbly.

Now place a sheet of plain waxed paper on a cutting board or counter top and press the dough together to form a large ball. Next, press your cookie dough onto the waxed paper and then carefully flatten it down to about 1/2 inch in height. You can use a cookie cutter or a drinking glass to cut out the cookies. Using a small spatula, carefully move the cookies from the waxed paper to a cookie sheet for baking, because the dough is very dry and flaky.


Your Christmas cookies are almost done! Bake cookies at 250 degrees on an ungreased cookie sheet for 25 – 30 minutes, checking periodically through the oven window for burning. Try not to open the oven door unless it’s necessary, as this lets a lot of the heat out and it can affect your timing. Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow Christmas cookies to cool completely before removing them, taking special care not to break them.