Mantecados is a name for a variety of Spanish shortbreads that includes the polvorón – a type of heavy, soft and very crumbly Spanish shortbread made of flour, sugar, milk, and nuts. Under the name Mantecados, these sweets are a traditional preparation of other areas of the Iberian Peninsula. In Cuba, Mantecado is an ice cream and in Spain it may be also the name given to a kind of sweet sherbet. In the Philippines, Mantecado is a popular and traditional ice cream flavor, characterized as a mixture of vanilla and butter.

Traditional Spanish Mantecados Cookies Recipe

These Mantecados Cookies are commonly served during Holidays and are popular in Spain.

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Spanish Mantecado Cookies Recipe
 
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Serves: 60 pieces
Ingredients
  • 2 1/3 cups melted shortening
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ oz anise extract
  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and cinnamon together.
  3. Add the melted shortening until all is mixed in well.
  4. Stir in the anise and knead for 5 minutes.
  5. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
  6. Place a blanched almond on top of each cookie and push down slightly.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. When done, let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 30 minutes.
Traditional Mantecados Cookies

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