Thursday, December 20, 2012

Polvorones de Canele (Cinnamon Powdered Sugar Cookies)

Making cookies this year with my wonderful mother-in-law, she was so excited to find a recipe for polvorones de canele - powdered sugar cookies with cinnamon.  This Mexican twist on a butter cookie recipe is transformed by a simple, single ingredient - cinnamon.  Use the best quality of cinnamon and vanilla that you can afford as they are the driving flavors in this delicious cookie.

Celebrating the season and combining our cultures, I love the feeling of being able to help someone recreate memories and this was a great opportunity.  Not to mention the cookies were fabulous.  Exactly as she remembered them.

It was so wonderful to share culture and traditions, making cookies with my MIL each year is what lets me know that Christmas is coming.  It's been something we've done for 7 years now and I hope to never miss a Christmas baking with her, I always leave feeling at peace and inspired.


2 sticks (1 C.) butter ($1.00)
2/3 C. powdered sugar ($.15)
1 tsp. cinnamon ($.05)
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract ($.05)
1 1/2 C. flour ($.15)

1/4 C. powdered sugar ($.05)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon ($.05)

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease baking sheet.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together 2/3 C. powdered sugar and butter until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour, salt, and 1 tsp. cinnamon; stir into the creamed mixture to form a stiff dough.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Mix together 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; roll balls in cinnamon mixture.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in preheated oven, or until nicely browned. Cool cookies on wire racks.

Yields: 36
Cost: $1.50
Cost per cookie : $.04

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