Monday, December 09, 2013

Happy Giving!





 If I could make everything homemade I would! But I'm not that crafty womp womp. However, whenever I can make easy homemade gifts for friends or family-- I am all over that! Plus a homemade gift adds a sweet touch. 

Back when I still lived at home, I made these yummy cookies that are extremely popular in all of Latin America and the Carribean. The cookies are called polvorones-- they are yummy and not a low calorie food ;) 

These cookies are usually made for special occasions and what better special occasion than Navidad! I am a big fan of a great presentation and I found these adorable boxes at Target's dollar spot (deal!) and these colorful glittered ornaments For a festive touch. I am planning on gifting these to some close neighbors and some mommy friends. I am adding a small card with the recipe.


Adorbs box+ homemade polvorones = thoughtful simple gift with a cultural twist! :)


Ingredients: 
(you can add almonds or walnuts but I steer clear since you never know about allergies these days!)

2 cups unbleached white flour 
2 sticks butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup confectioners sugar and a lil extra to cover the cookies

To prepare:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, granulated sugar and cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl until fluffyish. Slowly add the flower and continue to mix. Once everything is mixed make a large round mound and set aside for about 30 mn. On a large cookie sheet make small balls and place them about 1.5 in apart. Bake them in the oven for about 10 mn or until golden. Let the cookies cool off for a bit but when they are warm sift as much confectioners sugar as you want on them. I take a large ziplock bag and place a few cookies at a time ad cover them completely. Cut small squares of wax paper and layer the cookies inside your gift box- and wrap fabulously!

Happy Giving! 


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