Saturday, December 18, 2010

No-bake Christmas cookies

If you are looking for an easy-peasy Christmas treat, try this recipe for no-bake butter cookies, otherwise known as polvoron. This is a tried-and-true recipe from my grade school days. I've tried others but this one has proven to be the best. Nicely wrapped in colourful paper, it makes a great gift.


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup powdered milk
1 cup butter, melted

In a dry skillet, heat the flour, tossing frequently, until lightly toasted. (The colour will change from white to beige.) Watch carefully so that it doesn't burn.

Remove from heat and add to a large bowl along with the sugar, powdered milk, and melted butter. Mix well.

Use a polvoron spring-form mold (available at Filipino stores) to shape the cookies. I've found that the trick is to pack the mixture in tightly and to do it while the butter and flour are still warm.

Chill the cookies until solid. Wrap in pre-cut squares of tissue paper.

Makes 24-32 cookies, depending on the size of the mold you use.

Variations: you can add cocoa powder or finely ground nuts to the mixture....just remember to adjust the flour proportions accordingly.


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