Keto Mexican Shortbread || Pan de Polvo

by hungryelephant

A yummy treat enjoyed by Mexicans during weddings, Christmas and quinceañeras! The cookies themselves are unsweetened (they are dipped in sugar substitute) but have a slight cinnamon taste because you flavour it with hot cinnamon water. YUM.

So usually anise is added to the hot water as well however, I made a dorky move and forgot to crush the seeds so it added absolutely no flavour and was all cinnamon. STILL YUMMY THOUGH. You can add a bag of anise tea or 2 tsp crushed anise seeds to the water if desired.


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Keto Pan de Polvo

Keto Pan de Polvo

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These Mexican shortbread cookies are enjoyed during weddings, Christmas and quinceañeras! The keto pan de polvo's are just sweet enough with a hint of cinnamon!


  • 3/4 cup (150g) butter – room temperature
  • 2 cups (200g) almond flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (354ml) boiling water
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 bag of anise tea (or 2 tsp anise seeds)
  • 5 tbsp sugar substitute
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Place your cinnamon stick (and anise) into a cup. Add your boiling water and let it sit until it is room temperature.
  2. Place your butter, almond flour, baking powder and xanthan gum in a mixing bowl.
  3. Use a hand mixer (or do it by hand) to mix the butter and almond flour until it becomes a coarse, soft graham cracker type mix.
  4. Slowly pour in 1/4 cup (60ml) of the cool cinnamon/anise water into the dough. Make sure it is cool otherwise it will melt the butter.
  5. Use your hands to knead the almond flour into a smooth dough. Wrap in seran/cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Take out the dough and keep it in the seran/cling wrap while you use your hands to roll it into a long log shape.
  7. Take off the cling wrap and cut the log into pieces. It should make roughly 20 cookies.
  8. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350°F / 175°C
  9. While the cookies bake, whisk together the sugar substitute and cinnamon.
  10. Once the cookies come out of the oven, sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar and let cool.


1.2 net carbs per cookie

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 12.5gCarbohydrates: 2.5gFiber: 1.3gProtein: 2.5g

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1 comment

Ana Sandoval January 21, 2019 - 7:45 pm

I made this only substituted butter with Lard and it’s definitely delicious tasted just like the pan de polvo that my mom makes


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