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Chilean Caramel Spread Powdered
Chilean Caramel Spread Powdered

Empolvados are a classic Chilean sweet recipe that is highly sought after, fluffy, and light, perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, a must-have for family gatherings.

How to make Manjar Empolvados?

Chilean Manjar Empolvados, or powdered sweets, are made with wheat flour, filled with smooth manjar (dulce de leche), and dusted with powdered sugar, which gives them their distinctive name.

Nutritional Information

Category: Desserts
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 350
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Chilean Empolvados con Manjar recipe


  • 6 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • Powdered sugar
  • Manjar (dulce de leche)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F) for at least 10 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, separate the egg whites from the yolks. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites until they are white and fluffy, forming peaks when beaten. Add the sugar gradually while continuing to beat at low speed until dissolved, for about 4 to 5 minutes, until you have a shiny and silky meringue.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, beat the egg yolks with a fork for about 30 seconds, then add the meringue, mixing with an electric mixer at medium speed.
  4. Sift the flour over the mixture, add the baking powder and cornstarch, and incorporate them into the batter using a spatula in folding movements until you have a homogeneous dough. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag and cut the tip.
  5. On a silicone paper or butter-lined baking sheet, form small biscuit-like cookies about 8 centimeters in size, and place them in the preheated oven for about 12 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  6. Transfer the paper with the empolvados to a cooling rack and immediately sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Allow them to cool on the rack for about 15 minutes, then sandwich pairs of empolvados together using manjar, creating something like an alfajor.
  7. Serve the chilled Manjar Empolvados as dessert or a sweet treat for teatime.

Empolvados Molds

While in traditional cooking, the biscuit-style cookies for empolvados are formed directly with a spoon, there are “empolvados molds” that you can purchase online, which allow you to create small biscuits with a variety of uses.

Did you know?

The first historical record of manjar’s use dates back to the 17th century at the Jesuit College of Mendoza, where they received several jars of “dulce de leche” from Chile. The main promoter of its use in Argentina was General José de San Martín.


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