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What are Polvorones (Walnut Crumb Cookies)?
Polvorones are a heavy, soft, and crumbly type of shortbread cookie made with flour, powdered sugar, ground cinnamon, and ground nuts, that are rolled in more powdered sugar after baking. They are a fall apart, melt in your mouth cookie popular in Spain, Mexico and other Spanish speaking regions.
I had decided to call these Walnut Crumb Cookies before I knew they were also know as Mexican Wedding Cookies, adapting this recipe from one called simply “crumb cookies” in Aaron Sanchez’s La Comida Del Barrio Latin-American Cooking in the U.S.A. Whatever you chose to call them, they are a great addition to any brunch, wedding dessert table, or get-together.
Combine ground walnuts with, salt and cinnamon in one bowl. In another bowl cream together butter, shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until well blended. The mixture will look crumbly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll the dough into 24 approximately ping pong size balls and place on a baking pan lined with a baking mat or parchment paper.
Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes or until the dough is just set and golden brown on the bottom.
As soon as the cookies are cool enough to handle, roll each one in powdered sugar. Place on a rack to cool completely. Roll in powdered sugar again before serving.
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- 1 1/2 cup shelled walnuts (or one cup chopped walnuts)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 2 cups powdered sugar, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon *see note
Pulse the walnuts in a food processor until they are like coarse meal, removing the lid and stirring up from the bottom a few times to make sure the walnuts are all processed.
In a large mixing bowl (or stand mixer) cream together the butter, shortening, 1 cup of the powdered sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until well combined, about 2 minutes.
In another bowl, combine the flour, walnuts, salt, and cinnamon.
Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until well blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Roll the dough into 24 equal ping pong sized balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the dough is set and the bottoms are lighted browned.
When the cookies are cool enough to handle roll each cookie in the remaining 1 cup powdered sugar, place on a wire rack and cool completely. Roll again in the powdered sugar before serving.
The original recipe calls for Mexican canela, preferably, and is described as milder and sweeter than ground cinnamon, but allows for regular ground cinnamon if you must.
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