Recipe by Little Italy
Very lovely with a cup of tea just before bed. These cookies are called Mantecados, and are a favorite among young Spanish children. I think that the are a little difficult to prepare, but so worth it. The also make a nice give-away basket in the spring. :)
- 3 1⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup lard (softened)
- 1 1⁄4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 lemon (grated zest and juice)
- 2 1⁄2 cups finely ground almonds
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 325°F (160°F) and grease four cookie sheets.
- Sift flour, and salt into a large bowl.
- Beat the Lard and sugar into a second large bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until creamy.
- Add the egg yolks, beating until nicely blended. Then mix in the dry ingredients and lemon zest.
- Stir in the ground almonds and lemon juice until blended well. Turn out onto a lightly floured countertop and knead to form a smooth dough.
- Cover with parchment paper, and roll out the dough about 1cm thick.Remove paper, and using a 6cm cookie cutter, cut out 40 cookies. Use a spatula and transfer to prepared cookie sheets, placing them 2.5cm apart.
- Bake, one batch at a time for 20 minutes. Lower the temperature to 350°F and bake for 5-10 minutes, or until lightly golden.
- Cool on cookie sheets for about 1 minute, and transfer to a cooling rack.
- Cool completely and enjoy!
- Keeps 8 days.