Pastissets (Powdered Sugar Cookies from Spain)

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 30 mins

A delicate cookie from the Catalunya and Baleares Region of Spain. From Penelope Casa's book "Delicioso!" She recommends using lard for authenticity and best flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, with a wooden spoon, beat together the lard and butter.
  3. Incorporate the sugar, egg yolk and lemon peel into the lard/butter mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the cinnamon and flour; work into the lard mixture with your hands to form a smooth dough.
  5. On a floured surface, roll the dough 1/4 inch thick and cut with a 3-inch scalloped cookie cutter (or other shape).
  6. Arrange cookies on a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden.
  7. Allow to cool briefly on the cookie sheet as they are delicate when warm.
  8. When cool, coat with confectioner's sugar.


Most Helpful

I used Indian Ghee, instead of lard because my family cannot eat lard and we didn't have vegetable shortening available at the moment. However, the ghee works wonders, it gives a slight indian flavor.

sada.jewel November 18, 2014

i forgot to mention i got 47 cooies out of them with that recipe

monkey eat socks May 09, 2010

While this wasn't what I was after, they turned out lovely. They are light, flaky (no lard, all butter), and very delicate tasting. Leaving them on the parchment to cool is an easy way to keep from breaking them. The lemon wasn't as pronounced as I was hoping for, but perhaps next time I'll toss in a dab of lemon juice. Very soft dough, needs either chilling, a marble board, or lots of flour--I used the latter and they were still very tender. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

GardenWitch December 23, 2009

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