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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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Reviews of Mantecaditos:

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  Nicole in Georgia  Dec 19, 2017
Would make this again.
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. 5 stars

  A cookie baker in New York City  Mar 29, 2011
Would make this again.
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. 5 stars

  Mrs. Rosario in Washington  Dec 18, 2010
Would make this again.
Great cookies I made them for a christmas cookie swap. My husband is Puerto Rican and he loved them. 5 stars

  Nelmarie  Oct 6, 2010
Would make this again.
LOVE THESE! Reminds me of home! 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Rep Dom  Mar 30, 2009
Would make this again.

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