How to Make Uraro Cookies

Uraro or araro is a delicate powdery cookies made from arrowroot flour. They are usually shaped into small flat flowers and wrapped in tissue paper popularly called papel de Hapon. In the Philippines they are known as uraro, in Colombia as panderos and in the Dominican Republic as ojaldra.

Arrowroot is a starch powder obtained from the root of a (West Indian) plant. Similar to cornstarch or rice flour, it’s often used as a thickener for puddings and sauces. It also has a very low gluten content, so cookies made from it are delicate and powdery, much like shortbread. Because the powder is also called araruta, that may have been where the name uraro originated, thus uraro cookies.

Arrowroot cookies


  • 8 ounces butter
  • 8 ounces rice flour
  • 8 ounces superfine sugar
  • 6 ounces arrowroot
  • 6 eggs


  1. Beat the butter to a cream.
  2. Whisk the eggs to a strong froth.
  3. Add them to the butter, stir in the flour a little at a time and beat the mixture well.
  4. Break down all the lumps from the arrowroot and add it with the sugar to the other ingredients.
  5. Mix all well together, drop the dough on a buttered tin (about 1″ in diameter and height) in pieces.
  6. Bake the biscuits about 15 minutes in a slow oven.
  7. Time: 15 minutes.
  8. Sufficient to make from 3 to 4 dozen biscuits.
  9. Seasonable at any time.

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