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Mantecaditos

Mantecaditos

Mantecaditos

Mantecaditos
4.8 rating based on 12,345 ratings
4.8/5 (13)
Course: Filled Cookies, Hand-Shaped CookiesCuisine: Puerto Rico, USA, Latin AmericaDifficulty: Easy
Makes

40

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An almond shortbread topped with a slice of maraschino cherry. A Christmas staple in Puerto Rico!

Ingredients

  • 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 granulated sugar

  • 5 maraschino cherries, cut into eighths

Directions

  • 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.

Reviews

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★★★★★
These were delicious. My first time making them as I have a 2 year old who I wanted to get familiarized with the Puerto rican traditions. They were super easy to make and very delicious.
- Nicole in Georgia

★★★★★
These are like the ones my grandmother used to make when I visited her in Puerto Rico in my childhood. For four decades I have been looking for the recipe since she passed away now I found it and they taste exactly how she used to make them. Thank you very much.
- A Baker

★★★★★
Great cookies I made them for a christmas cookie swap. My husband is Puerto Rican and he loved them.
- Mrs. Rosario in Washington

★★★★★
LOVE THESE! Reminds me of home!
- Nelmarie

★★★★★
It was delicious ,I love it this is the best recepie in the world , and I got A+ in my project everyone liks them in my English class!!! I give you an A+!!!!!!!
- in rep dom

★★★★☆
They were really good! I think that I will get an A on my spanish project now!!
- A Baker

★★★★★
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!
- a student in ma

★★★★☆
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!
- A Baker

★★★★★
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.
- A Baker

★★★★★
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!!!!
- A Baker

★★★★★
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! ;)
- A Baker

★★★★★
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.
- Rob & Jodi Olsen in Nanticoke, Pa 

★★★★★
I love these cookies, since they always remind me of a Puerto Rican Xmas with my family. Even if I can't be home for the holidays, I have to bake some mantecaditos. This recipe is very similiar to the one my family uses. I was very happy to find it on the web, since I had lost my list of recipes.
- baker in France
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