We enjoyed these decadent little cookies, called Pulvarones, at a friend’s home in Oaxaca and couldn’t rest until we got the recipe! The oval shape is traditional for Pulvarones in Mexico, apparently, and you can wrap each cookie individually in a piece of bright tissue paper if you want to be truly authentic. Makes a tempting and festive display, piled in a big ceramic bowl on a dining room sideboard!


Preheat the oven to 300°F.

2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar (icing sugar)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt

Stir in:
1 tsp vanilla extract

Work in, as for pie crust:
1 cup butter

Roll out about 1/3″ thick and cut into ovals. Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake about 20 minutes. Watch them! These will burn easily if your oven runs hot!

2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

While the cookies are still warm, roll them in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Cool completely, then roll them in it again.

Tip: Don’t even think about using margarine instead of butter — as in shortbreads, you really want the flavour and texture of real dairy butter in these special cookies!

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