Panderos (Colombian Yuca Starch Cookies)

by Erica Dinho on January 13, 2013

Panderos (Colombian Yuca Starch Cookies)

Panderos is a popular Colombian cookie from El Valle region of the country. They are traditionally made from yuca (cassava) starch, butter, sugar, egg and aguardiente (sugar cane and anise-flavored alcohol drink) or anise extract, if you don’t have this drink at home.

Panderos (Colombian Yuca Starch Cookies)

Panderos have a very crumbly texture and are lightly sweetened with a touch of anise flavor from the Aguardiente. You will find street vendors all over the country selling plastic bags filled with Panderos, or Panderitos, as they are sometimes called in Colombia.

I love eating Panderos with a cup of black coffee or tea. Buen provecho!



  • 1 + 1/2 cups of cassava or yuca starch, plus more for rolling
  • 6 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon of aguardiente or 1 teaspoon of anise extract


  1. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Then process continuously until the dough comes together.
  2. Form a ball, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for about 30 minutes.
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  4. Turn the batter out onto a floured work surface and divide in half. With well-floured hands, shape into two logs.
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  6. Using a knife, cut the dough into small squares. Pattern each cookie with a fork.
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    Panderos (Colombian Yuca Starch Cookies)

  8. Preheat an oven to 325°F. Place the Panderos on the cookie sheet, about 1 inch apart.
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  10. Bake until light brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a rack and let the Panderos cool on the sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer them to the rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 j3nn January 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

These are like sugar cookies made with cassava… Nice! I love making bread rolls with cassava, it’s sooo good. This short list if ingredients sounds nice and easy and yummy!


2 Belinda @zomppa January 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

These cookies are so irresistible!!


3 Sues January 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM

These look like they’d be great with coffee! I’ve never baked with yuca starch, but might have to find it. Raquel from ThoughtfulEats let me know about your blog :)


4 Lori January 14, 2013 at 10:21 AM

These sound great! I love finding new ways to use cassava. Last week I thought of your blog. On the show Modern Family they were talking about the New Years grape tradition. I told my husband – I read about that on this blog I like! :)


5 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz January 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Very curious to try these with cassava starch! I also like a hint of anise. Funny how they start sorta rectangular and bake round.


6 Erika January 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Beautiful photos and a great option for a gluten-free sweet treat!


7 grace January 14, 2013 at 3:19 PM

this is definitely a new one to me, erica! it certainly looks quite tasty, and if i could round up some yuca, i’d love to try them!


8 Juliana January 15, 2013 at 8:04 PM

These cookies sound and look great…I am sure that it will be great with a cup of tea.
Have a great week Erica!


9 Jeannie January 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Looks delicious! We have a recipe which uses yuca starch too and coconut milk….just as yummy!


10 Karen January 16, 2013 at 3:58 PM

I’m surprised they came out round from the way you cut them! Sounds tasty!


11 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! January 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I never knew that you can use yuca for cookies…I have made flan. This is a great recipe Erica


12 Rhyleigh February 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

How many does each batch make?


13 Natalia March 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I would love to make this but do I have to use a food processor or could I use a hand mixer? Please let me know….


14 Erica March 19, 2013 at 8:43 AM

I always use the food processor! You can try it with the mixer.


15 lola December 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM

soooo good


16 Monica June 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

D e l i c i o u s !!!! And so easy to make.


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