Servings: 6

Total Time: 30 mins

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Last Updated: March 1, 2022

Polvoron is a semi-sweet concoction made of toasted flour, powdered milk, sugar, and butter. This is considered as a dessert or snack in the Philippines. It is often topped with grated coconut and sometimes sprinkled with chopped or whole nuts. 

Polvoron is a well-loved product for more than 100 years, and it has indeed become a Filipino staple food already. A bite-size piece contains caramelly sweetness that melts in your mouth, along with soft caramelized sugar and slightly salty flavor from the butter. The texture is like a caramelized shortbread biscuit.


  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Butter Melted
  • 1 Cup Full Cream Milk



Step 1

Fry the flour in a skillet over medium heat. Stir until lightly browned and fragrant. Now you need to let cool in a pan, leave without heat for 20 minutes.

Step 2

The next step is to take a bowl, add the cooled flour, sugar and milk powder and whisk until smooth. Then add the butter and mix thoroughly.

Step 3

Pour the resulting mixture into a baking dish and using a polvoron mold, shape into solid cookies. The form is needed as compact as possible.

Step 4

Place one layer on a baking sheet and freeze until frozen, about 30 minutes.

Step 5

 Wrap individually with cellophane or Japanese paper wrap.

Polvoron, a sweet delicacy, is hailed by food experts and local authorities as the most trusted and most authentic Philippine snack, together with the binignit, balibog and puto. 

It is not hard to be acquainted with polvoron if you have been roaming around the streets of Manila during Christmas time. You could see stalls displaying colorful polvoron that could sing songs to your taste buds just by looking at such beautiful creations. 

Although it has been available in the Philippines for many years, it is not too popular among tourists. If you ever visit the Philippines, don’t miss the chance to taste this one of a kind delicacy.

Polvoron recipe

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