Polvorosas (Colombian Butter and Sugar Cookies)


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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  1. Elisabeth says

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

  2. says

    I just tried these as a class project for my son and the cookies flattened and didn’t bake correctly. It seems that there was too much butter or not enough flour. I assumed that the powdered sugar was for dusting. Does the powdered sugar need to be added to the dough mixture?

    • Erica Dinho says

      The powder sugar is for dusting.They are butter cookies, Did you place the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes?


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