Mantecados – Spanish Butter Cookies

I made some snow crescents the other day and my Mr mentioned they reminded him of mantecados. This is kind of a hint that I could make some of those famous Spanish butter cookies πŸ™‚ So let there be Mantecados. I used this recipe as inspiration, but I had to change it a bit – we don’t use lard in my home and there is definitely no sambuca or anything similar around here! Although, don’t hesitate to check out Acorn in the Kitchen’s boozy version as well.

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400g white flour
200g butter or margarine
4 tbsp sugar
2 eggs
8gr baking powder
Juice from half lemon and half orange

Sugar for coating the cookies

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1. Mix the flour and baking powder. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl.
2. Add the soft butter or margarine, sugar, lemon and orange juice and the eggs to the flour. Mix well and form a ball. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
3. Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees. Sprinkle some flour on a clean surface. Flat the dough with a roller to 1.5 cm thick. Cut shapes with a cookie cutter of your choice. Place them on a baking paper lined baking tray. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until starting to brown.
4. While the cookies are still warm, roll them in sugar and let cool.

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9 Responses to “Mantecados – Spanish Butter Cookies”
  1. Butter cookies – you don’t have to say anymore.

  2. Victoria says:

    These look fantastic! I love how much they raise. They must be tender and delish!

  3. Mila. says:

    These cookies look delicious!

  4. These look lovely. I am really curious how you are getting the titles on your photos. I have not been able to master that yet, and it is on my list.

    • Thank you! There are many programs you can use to add a watermark (or image overlay), like GIMP (free to download at You only need to create a layer and change the opacity level to your liking on your desired watermark, just check GIMP watermark for more info πŸ™‚

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