Polvorones De Naranja / Orange Dusts cookies are popular flaky cookies across the Mexico. Each part of Mexico has its own version of Polvorones De Naranja. According to The Best of Mexico cookbook, by Susanna Palazuelo, the name comes from the word Polvo (dust), referring to their light consistency. This recipe uses orange peel and orange juice. Some other popular varieties include ground nuts and cinnamon.
Orange Dusts actually reminds me of the Mexican wedding cookies I made a while back in some ways, but recipe ways they are not that similar. Orange Dusts recipe does call for lard (which is why it is flaky 😉 ), but I substituted with mixture of half butter and half vegetable shortening. So, mine wasn’t as flaky as I would imagine if I use all lard lol. It is still acceptable though. The hint of orange scent from the peel and juice is quite nice.
ORANGE DUSTS COOKIES/ POLVORONES DE NARANJA (36 cookies)
1 cup lard (substitute with 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup vegetable shortening if you like)
1/2 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup orange juice (or more if you find your dough a bit dry, I ended up adding a bit more)
Pee of 2 oranges (grated)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. In a large bowl, beat the lard until it is fluffy. Add the sugar a little at a time. When it is thoroughly mixed in, add the egg yolks, orange juice and orange peel. Stir in the flour with a spatula
2. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 3/4 inch. Cut out 2 1/2 inch-circles and place them on a greased baking sheet. Reroll the scraps and continue until all of the dough has been used
3. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown lightly around the edges. Transfer to a rack to cool, then arrange on a platter and sprinkle with the sugar through a fine sieve