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Mantecaditos Recipe (Puerto Rican Cookies)

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Cookies are the perfect gift to give during the holiday season. It’s something homemade and everyone loves cookies. Add to a cute tin and you’re done.

These Mantecaditos are very festive with their jam or guava paste center. Place them on a decorative tray and they are the perfect addition to your holiday table.

What are Mantecaditos made of?

Mantecaditos consist mostly of shortening, butter, sugar, and flour. Vanilla is also added to the dough to give delicious flavor. You then add your favorite jam or guava paste to the center.

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When should you take cookies out of the oven?

Cookies are usually done when the bottom edges turn golden brown.

Is guava paste-like jam?

Guava paste is similar to jam in that it is made with fruit and sugar. The fruit itself is very high in pectin. This means that the mixture is a lot thicker than jam.

You can actually slice guava paste. To use it like jam, you will need to melt it so that it is spreadable. For these cookies, you can add a small slice to the indention of the cookie.

What are the ingredients to make Mantecaditos?

To make this Mantecaditos recipe you are going to need the following ingredients:

  • Shortening or manteca
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour
  • Jam or guava paste

How to make Mantecaditos

Now that you have gathered your ingredients it is time to make Mantecaditos. All you have to do is follow the steps below:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and set it aside. It’s important to use parchment paper because it helps the cookies brown evenly.

In a bowl beat the butter, shortening, sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. The color will lighten as you get to the right texture.

Add the flour and with the help of a spatula mix until incorporated. The dough will resemble coarse sand.

With the help of a cookie scoop shape the cookies. Place on the prepared baking pan and use your thumb to press in the middle to create a little indenture for the jam or guava paste.

Fill the indenture with jam or guava paste and take it to the oven.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until done. You’ll know the cookies are done when the edges turn golden brown.

Your Mantecaditos is ready to serve!

Mantecaditos Recipe

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Mantecaditos Recipe (Puerto Rican Cookies)

Mantecaditos Recipe (Puerto Rican Cookies)

Yield: 12 Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Puerto Rican mantecaditos are a festive addition to any table and perfect for the holidays. The dough is made with butter and sugar. You can fill the cookies with any jam or guava paste, and they make a yummy snack during your holiday parties!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup shortening or manteca, softened
  • 1/4 Cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 Cup jam or guava paste

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and set it aside.

Beat the butter, shortening, sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy in a bowl.

Add the flour, and with the help of a spatula, mix until incorporated. The dough will resemble coarse sand.

With the help of a cookie scoop, shape the cookies. Place on the prepared baking pan and press in the middle to create a little indenture for the jam.

Fill the indenture with jam and take it to the oven.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until done.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.

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