Chinese New Year (CNY) is around the corner. Almost all the blog posts on my reading list are related to CNY. CNY goodies and recipes, restaurants reviews on CNY menus etc. With all these delicious posts, how could I not feel the CNY festive mood?
I am not so into baking but wife has been staying up lately to bake cookies and treats to celebrate and usher in the Year of the Snake. I helped out by snapping pictures, sampling the cookies and providing my feedback and I am enjoying this role switching in the kitchen.

There are quite a few items on her CNY baking list and Polvorones are among those that I like. Polvorones are traditional Spanish cookies made of flour, ground almonds, sugar and fat. They are soft in texture and melt in the mouth. Try this recipe for a change if you still have time and energy after baking all the traditional treats.

Adapted from Okashi Sweet Treats made with Love by Keiko Ishida

Ingredients (Makes about 16 Polvorones)

110g Pastry Flour (sifted)
100g Unsalted Butter
40g Icing Sugar
50g Ground Almond


Preheat oven at 150C. Bake sifted flour for 25 minutes. Stir occasionally while baking, then remove from oven and leave to cool. Keep oven heated.

Beat butter and icing sugar together until soft. Add ground almonds and mix well. Add flour to the batter and mix with spatula until a smooth dough forms.

Roll dough out to a thickness of 10mm. Cut out shapes using your preferred pastry cookie cutter and place them on a baking sheet.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and cool polvorones on a wire rack.

To serve, dust polvorones with some icing sugar. Store in airtight container to keep them crisp.

I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover.