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Mantecados recipe: traditional Spanish cookies

Mantecados Recipe: Traditional Spanish Shortbread Cookies

Melanie Glover
This easy and delicious mantecados recipe will have you enjoying Spain's favorite cookies in no time!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 216.71 kcal


  • 1 cup of soft butter or vegetable shortening you can also use traditional pork lard if you want
  • 1/2 cup of light olive oil
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 lemon peel grated
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice tip: use the same lemon that you zest
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 cups of flour tip: for a gluten-free option, try almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of almond halves optional


  • Preheat oven to 325°F

For the Dough

  • Wash the lemon, and zest it. Once you have collected all zest from the lemon, set it aside. Then, cut the lemon into two halves. Set the halves aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whip the vegetable shortening or butter by hand or with a hand mixer. Once whipped, add in the olive oil.
  • Next, add in the sugar to the vegetable shortening and olive oil mix. Continue mixing these three ingredients together until the texture is smooth.
  • Add into the mixture the egg and lemon zest. Squeeze the juice of one of the lemon halves into the mixture.
  • Continue mixing all ingredients together. Once the mixture is again smooth in texture, add in the dry ingredients including the flour and baking soda. Mix all ingredients together.
  • Lastly, fold in a 1/2 cup of almond halves if desired.

For the Cookies

  • Using a teaspoon or your hands, make small balls with the dough. Place the small dough balls onto a greased cookie sheet.
  • Press down on each small dough ball to help flatten it before baking.
  • Bake the cookies for about 15-20 minutes until they turn light brown in color. Allow the cookies to cool before serving, and serve delicately so that they do not crumble!


  • If the dough mixture is too dry, try adding some milk to thicken it. If the dough mixture is too runny, try adding some additional flour.


Calories: 216.71kcalCarbohydrates: 19.64gProtein: 1.67gFat: 14.94gSaturated Fat: 6.66gCholesterol: 32.59mgSodium: 32.21mgPotassium: 19.13mgFiber: 0.37gSugar: 10.05gVitamin A: 295.52IUVitamin C: 0.58mgCalcium: 5.83mgIron: 0.65mg
Keyword easy shortbread, Mantecados, shortbread cookies
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