Polvoron is the quintessential Filipino pasalubong or gift. This candy mixes together powdered milk, toasted flour, and sugar as the most basic ingredients. They come in oblong or round shapes and include flavor variations such as crushed nuts, chocolate, mocha, butter, toasted young rice (pinipig), and cheese! Take your pick of these flavors and give yourself a sweet treat!
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup powdered milk
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Mason jars – 4 oz. each; Polvoron candy mold (available at Seafood City)
- In a large skillet or wok, toast the flour over medium-high heat. Stir the flour continuously for 8 to 10 minutes until the flour’s color turns from white to a light brown. It should give off a nutty, toasted aroma which means the flour is now ready. Do not leave the flour unattended while cooking or it might get burnt.
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 8 minutes. Or microwave on high for one minute. Set the melted butter aside to cool.
- Remove toasted flour from the stovetop and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Let it cool on the counter for 5 minutes.
- Add the powdered milk and sugar to the flour and mix well.
- Gradually add the melted butter to the dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
- Let the powdered mixture cool on the counter until it reaches room temperature, about 30 minutes.
- You can shape your polvorons using a polvoron candy mold or a cookie cutter.
- If you don’t have any of these, you can pack the polvoron powder in mason jars. This recipe fills about 3 (4 oz. each) mason glass jars. Wrap the jar with bright-colored ribbons if you’re giving it away as a gift.