Polvorosas (Colombian Butter and Sugar Cookies)

by Erica Dinho on August 23, 2012


I love making these Colombian cookies because they are very simple to make and they don’t require cookie cutters or any fancy tools :) They are also crumbly and buttery perfect served with a glass of milk , cup of black Colombian coffee or a cup of tea. The name Polvorosas comes from the word Polvo in Spanish, which translates to powder in English.

Polvorosas are a great treat to make with your kids. I made these cookies with my mom and my siblings while growing up in Colombia and now I make them with my son. He loves rolling the cookies in the powdered sugar! I hope you enjoy making, and eating, these Polvorosas as much as we do!

Buen Provecho!



(About 24 cookies)

  • 1 1/2 cups of unsalted butter (3 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powder sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Polvorosas Colombianas


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. To clarify the butter: Place the unsalted butter in a medium pot over low heat, until it is melted.
  3. Let it simmer until the foam goes to the top of the melted butter.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and let stand for about 5 minutes.
  5. Skim the foam from the top and discard. Pour it into a bowl using a fine mesh strainer.
  6. With an electric mixer, beat the butter for about 3 minutes. Add the sugar,vanilla and beat until well blended. Add the flour, and continue beating for 2 minutes.
  7. orm the dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  8. oll 2 tablespoons of dough between your palms into balls. Place the balls on a large greased baking sheet about 1/2-inch apart. Flatten the balls using your hands.
  9. Bake the cookies until golden on top, about 20 minutes. Let them cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Dust the cookies with the powdered sugar.
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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joanne August 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I love these cookies! They really do make the perfect tea snack!


2 Juliana August 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Oh Erica…I can almost taste this cookies melting un my mouth…gorgeous!
Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a great week :)


3 Belinda @zomppa August 23, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I want, I want, I want!! Looks soooooooo amazingly tempting!


4 sippitysup August 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I like the way this cookies crumbles! GREG


5 Angie@Angie's Recipes August 25, 2012 at 4:28 AM

I have never had Colombian cookies! You can’t go wrong with the combo of butter and sugar, can you? They are just gorgeous.


6 Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook August 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM

They are a perfect treat! They look fantastic, especially with a cup of coffee.


7 Lisa August 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

When is the best time to put the vanilla in the mixture?


8 Erica August 25, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Add the vanilla with the sugar.


9 grace August 25, 2012 at 4:10 PM

i’m sure these just disintegrate in the mouth–how yummy!


10 tasteofbeirut August 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Love cookies with clarified butter! these would be gone in minutes here!


11 Anonymous September 2, 2012 at 8:58 PM

We made these cookies last night and they were buttery and delicious. thanks for the recipe.


12 Erica September 4, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Thank you, guys! I appreciate your comments!


13 Elisabeth May 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Do you add both sugars to the cookie dough or is the powdered sugar only for the dusting at the end? Thank you!


14 Cody May 14, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Can I add an egg so they don’t crumble?


15 Daisy May 14, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Should I add in all of the sugar at one time or save the powdered sugar for dusting?


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