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.

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
  • 2⅓ cups melted shortening
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ oz anise extract
  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  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.

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