The name “mantecadito” comes from the ingrediant “manteca” which translates to shortening. The cookie is basically a shortbread cookie that is made with half butter and half shortening or all shortening. It is a very popular cookie during Christmas in Puerto Rico.
- 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. almond extract
~ Pre-heat oven to 350 F. In a deep bowl, cream together the butter and shortening.
~ 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 sprinkles in the center of the cookie well. Place the cookies in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until golden.