Basic Polvoron Recipe

Polvoron or pulboron in tagalog, is a sweet concoction basically made of flour, sugar, milk, and nuts. It is derived from a Spanish name word for powder or dust. Although Spanish in origin, it is enjoyed all over the Philippines as snacks or desserts. There are several versions or flavors of this delicacy like cookies and cream, peanut butter, and chocolate. But in this recipe, we will be sharing the most basic version to satisfy our nostalgic cravings. Learn how to make Polvoron today:


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or cake flour)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Toast flour in a skillet over moderate heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until light brown, stirring constantly. Add powdered milk (or infant formula, it works too!), toss for another 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  2. If desired, transfer to a large bowl. Add in sugar and melted butter. Mix thoroughly until it has about the consistency of damp sand.
  3. Use a round or oval polvoron molder and shape them into compact bite-size cakes.
  4. Wrap them in tissue or Japanese paper.
If you like to add a chocolate coating, see ingredients and instructions below:

Chocolate coating ingredients:

  • 1 cup dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup fresh milk
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar


  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl using a double boiler or in a steamer.
  2. Mix in the fresh milk and granulated sugar. Mix well until it is smooth.
  3. Stick in a plastic toothpick in a polvoron piece gently and dip it in the chocolate sauce to coat.
  4. Insert in something sturdy like a styro block. Wrap or store as you like.

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