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Mantecaditos


Makes about 40

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
5 maraschino cherries, cut into eighths

Place oven rack in middle position of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine flour and nutmeg; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter, shortening and extracts with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add sugar to butter mixture and cream until mixture is light and fluffy. Blend in flour mixture. Dough should be slightly moist. If dough looks dry, sprinkle with water and work into dough. If dough is sticky, sprinkle with additional flour. Spoon dough by teaspoons and form into balls. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Gently press each ball with palm of hand to form cookie. Garnish with a cherry piece placed in the center of each cookie. Bake 20 minutes or until golden. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

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  A cookie baker in Ponce Inlet, Florida, USA  Mar 19, 2008
Would make this again.
They were really good! I think that I will get an A on my spanish project now!! 4 stars

  a student in ma in M.A  Jan 31, 2008
Would make this again.
omg best things ive ever tasted or made!!! i would definetly make them again!! 5 stars

  a student in ma in M.A  Jan 29, 2008
Would make this again.
omg i loved these cookies. i made them without the nutmeg because a kid in my class has alerges to nutmeg. they waere still really good!!!!!!!!!!!!! My project receved an a+ so double thumbs up to you! 5 stars

  A cookie baker  Dec 18, 2007
Would make this again.
its great I'm even doing it for my report 5 stars

  A student in NY  Dec 11, 2007
Would make this again.
Hey!
Loved your cookies!! My friend and I made them for our Spanish project. They were great when we tried em' in a a test batch. We'll see if they are a hit with all our classmates!
4 stars

  a cookie baker in Orlando, FL  Dec 5, 2006
Would make this again.
This is a great recipe that I've been doing for years since my mother gave me the recipe. You can change the cherries for sprinkles, guava paste or any other alternative that you might think of to give a nice twist to the cookies. 5 stars

   Nov 30, 2006
Would make this again.
I made 2 bathces, my first one came out too crunchy..i made them too thin. the second was better since i made them thicker. They wer delicious not too sweet just perfect!!!! 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Puerto Rico  Apr 19, 2005
Would make this again.
These cookies are delicious, they're from Puerto Rico just like me and we make them there all the time! Everyone should try them I gurantee you'll like 'em! ;) 5 stars

  Rob & Jodi Olsen in Nanticoke, Pa  Dec 23, 2004
Would make this again.
Delicious. I actually substituted cinnamon for nutmeg and Anise for almond extract. (Lack of proper ingrediants spurs emergency substitutions.) My wife, born in Colombia, loved em. Thanks for posting. 5 stars

  Ali Paz in Roseburg, Or.  Dec 14, 2004
Would make this again.
These cookie were great. I made them for my spanish 4 ap/cc class and they enjoyed them. My teacher loved them so much that she would come and watch my softball games from now on 5 stars

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