Polvorones or Mantecaditos Puerto Rico Shortbread Cookies Recipe
Polvorones ~ Mantecaditos Recipe a Puerto Rico Shortbread Cookies
Christmas time screams cookies, and at my house the one sugar cookie that we love is our Puerto Rico authentic Polvorones or Mantecaditos recipe. Polvorones or mantecaditos are a unique Puerto Rico shortbread cookie recipe with a twist. We use our thumbs to make an indent on the cookie ball before we bake them and we add sprinkles on the indent. This easy to make recipe will be your family's favorite after you try them.
I also add other ideas on how to make your mantecaditos or polvorones using chocolate pieces, fruit jelly or fruit pieces. Sometimes is even better to eat them without anything at all. they are that good!!
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I remember my mother baking these delicious shortbread cookies call polvorones for after school snacks. I remember the smell coming out of the oven and how soft and amazing they taste. They are not only delicious, they are very easy to make and they go very fast! My husband and kids can never have enough of them.
I usually bake polvorones during the Christmas time but they are good enough to eat all year around.
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- 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup Crisco shortening
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- non-pareil sprinkles
- ~ Pre-heat oven to 350 F. In a deep bowl, cream together the butter and Crisco.
- ~ Add the sugar slowly to the mix and mix well. Now add the almond extract and mix well. Now add the flour little by little until the mix is hard to stir.
- ~ Take the dough, form small balls until all is used. Place the small balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and press the center to make a very small well.
- ~ Place some (grageas)non-pareil sprinkles in the center of the cookie well. Place the cookies in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
- DO NOT over cook.
- Let them cool before eating them.
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Do you love Polvorones as much as I do?
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The unique shape of the polvorones is what makes them special. After you make your dough and roll it into little balls, you place them on your cookie sheet and with your thumb you make a small indent, where you will place sprinkles.
If you do not want to add sprinkles, you can just add whatever you like. Some people add chocolate pieces, fruits etc. make it your own. Another way you can make them is by not making the indent and bake as it is, when it's done you can sprinkle powder sugar on top to decorate.
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