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Polvorones de Limón: Citrus Shortbread Cookie Recipe

A Latin American favorite. These citrus flavored shortbread cookies are a great snack, or dessert for any occasion. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword baking, Christmas, cookies, lime, Mexican, shortbread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 12
Calories 144 kcal


  • 1 ¼ cup flour all purpose
  • ¾ cup confectioner sugar , plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ lb butter softened, European type, salted
  • 1 tsp lime zest finely minced
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350'F.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet, or line with parchment paper.
  3. Cream sugar and butter. Slowly add in the flour. Add the lime zest, and the salt.
  4. On a well floured surface roll in to a rectangle and cut into three strips of equal length..
  5. Roll each strip into a tube.  The dough will be quite crumbly, just shape it gently. 

  6. Cut ¾" pieces from each tube, and roll each piece into a ball.

  7. Pinch the top of the ball to create a raised surface.

  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until they begin to turn golden,
  9. Remove from the oven. Cool slightly and then sprinkle with sugar.

Recipe Notes


  • How long can I freeze these polvorones de limón shortbread cookies? You can freeze them in an airtight container with freezer paper between layers of cookies. Be sure they are completely cooled before storing. They will store nicely for up to 6 months. This is a great cookie to make in advance for Christmas.
  • Do I have to refrigerate the cookies? No, you do not. You can store these in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week.
Nutrition Facts
Polvorones de Limón: Citrus Shortbread Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 71mg3%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.