Mix flour, 3/4 cup sugar, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl. Add butter
or lard and blend thoroughly with your fingers. Add eggs and knead the cookie dough
by hand until all the ingredients are blended and the dough is smooth. Pinch off
small pieces of dough and roll them into balls the diameter of a quarter.
dough balls about 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets and bake them in a preheated
350 degrees F oven until golden brown on the bottom, about 15 minutes.
Mix the 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Remove 2 or 3 cookies
at a time with a spatula from the baking sheets to the bowl of Cinnamon Sugar. Coat
the cookies generously with the mixture, and then transfer them to wire racks to
Serve the polvorones, or store them, once they are completely cooled, in an airtight
container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
A variation is to add 1 cup finely chopped pecans along with the flour, sugar
and salt, then proceed with the recipe. The cookies may also be coated with confectioners'
sugar after baking.