This is a Spanish cookie recipe that was given to me from my aunt who was from Spain. The cookies need to cook in a very slow oven as you do not want to brown them.

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Ingredients

72
Original recipe yields 72 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F(120 degrees C).

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  • Combine the flour, sugar and cinnamon together. Add the melted shortening until all is mixed in well. Stir in the anise and knead for 5 minutes. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Place a blanched almond on top of each cookie and push down slightly.

  • Bake at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) for 30 minutes. You do no want to brown the cookies. They should remain pale. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

111 calories; 7.3 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 mg sodium. 10.3 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Rating: 4 stars
05/16/2005
I used butter instead of shortening and they turned out sooo good. Be sure to let them sit a while cuz they're really soft and fragile when u take them out. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/14/2003
I tried this recipe even though I was a little leary of a cookie that calls for 2 1/3 cups of melted shortening...that's a lot of shortening! Sure enough the cookies had an odd texture and a very oily after taste...you know that coated mouth feeling? Maybe the ingredients could be adjusted to decrease the amount of shortening. I did like the hint of anise and the almond. Read More
(25)
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
05/16/2005
I used butter instead of shortening and they turned out sooo good. Be sure to let them sit a while cuz they're really soft and fragile when u take them out. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/16/2005
I used butter instead of shortening and they turned out sooo good. Be sure to let them sit a while cuz they're really soft and fragile when u take them out. Read More
(42)
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2003
MANTECADOS are an unusual textured "cookie" that is almost equivalent to eating cookie dough. These were excellent and an excellent example of what other cultures LOVE. Thanks for a very nice recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/13/2003
I tried this recipe even though I was a little leary of a cookie that calls for 2 1/3 cups of melted shortening...that's a lot of shortening! Sure enough the cookies had an odd texture and a very oily after taste...you know that coated mouth feeling? Maybe the ingredients could be adjusted to decrease the amount of shortening. I did like the hint of anise and the almond. Read More
(25)
Rating: 1 stars
02/06/2007
I give it a 1 'cause they don't taste like real mantecados my family couldn't tell what they were. The traditional recipe takes LARD and eggs (or just yolks... they're even better if u add a cup of wine). i tried to make this recipe just for a change and it was a huge disappointment. First of all the shortening ruins their flavor. If you try to make them from lard you'll find out how softer and flavorful it makes the dough giving them a special touch their distinctive sign. Actually that's why these are called "MANTECADOS" because their main ingredient is "manteca" (lard). I didn't like the anise flavor (better with cinnamon or vanilla extract). Another reviewer said their texture is very close to cookie dough and that's wrong i guess he/she was talking about "mazapán" (another traditional christmas dessert here in Spain very thick). There are also a kind of little cakes called "mantecadas" not as crumbly as "mantecados" like a type of muffins but made out of lard or fat. In any case I think i'll keep making my old recipe will not make this again!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/01/2005
Just as JLB2 I tried out this recipe and found that the texture of my cookies came out crumbly and the cookies tasted oily. I baked the cookies for an extra 20 minutes (in addition to what the recipe called for) and the consistency did not change...they still came out chalky/crumbly. The 5 cups of flour and the 2 1/3 cups of melted shortening seem to be a bit excessive for this recipe. Perhaps the ingredient ratios need to be altered? Any suggestions? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2009
just like my grandmothers. It wouldn't be Christmas with out them...and yes the original recipe calls for lard and it is worth it. My grandmother made these for special family events and we couldn't wait. my fondest child hood memories come back to me when I smell them baking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2006
This is just to reiterate what the first commenter wrote--the texture you described is what a Montecado should be like. It is like chalk that crumbles into your mouth and gets kind of pasty. Traditionally they are made with lard and not vegetable shortening. However I find fresh lard hard to find around here and the stuff in the tub has a weird after taste. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/28/2007
Lorena was right that is quite a bit of shortening. For starters I used approximately a cup and two tablespoons of lard in place of the shortening. I also combined the mixture with a cup of red wine. If anything I strongly suggest lard for texture and wine for flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2005
Good with the egg and water in the dough and without Chocolate! That is saying alot because all the members of my family are chcoholics. Read More
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