A Spanish kind of Christmas



CHRISTMAS decorations and music are filling the streets of Middlesbrough, making it hard to ignore the fact that Christmas is just around the corner.

It’s a time of year when people make lists of things to buy and if you’re a student, you are probably doing it on a budget!

So why not twist the tradition a little bit and instead of considering buying a gift for everyone, bake something instead.

By injecting a little Spanish Christmas tradition you can make a delicious, light and cheap dessert that everyone will love.

Here Tside introduces to you the Polvorones – or as they are known in Spain, Almond cookies. Make, share and enjoy them!


Ingredients and equipment you will need:

190g  plain white flour  

96 g cup ground almonds

120g  butter or margarine

 96g granulated sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Rolling pin


Large mixing bowl

Hand mixer

Baking tray

cookie cutter

Key points:

  1. Firstly preheat the oven to 350 C then reduce it to 250C  after eight minutes. Meanwhile slightly toast the flour in a pan on medium heat for eight minutes then leave to cool down.

Ingredients you will need
Put the flour in the pan
Mix it from time to time
Put the margarine in
Pour the sugar
Mix it in with the margarine
Add the cinnamon
You should have 4 ingredients
Add the ground almonds
This is what it should look like now
Then add the flour
Then mix it all
Keep mixing
Flatten the dough using a rolling pin
Cut out the cookies
Place them on a tray
Put them in the oven
And there you have it !

2. Once your cookies are ready to be cooked on a tray , leave them in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 250 C.



from Tside