Almond Mantecados (Lard Cookies)

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By | November 29, 2017

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 cup crushed almonds
  • 1 cup rendered pork fat (or store-bought lard)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • Sesame seeds for sprinkling

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325°.

On the stove, toast the flour in a medium skillet slowly over low heat, moving frequently with a wooden spoon. Pay close attention to the color and when it starts to become a VERY light brown, add in the crushed almonds and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, beat the pork fat until it becomes slightly foamy. Add in the sugar and cinnamon. Beat the mixture for about 30 seconds to 1 minute more. Slowly add in the flour and almonds mixture until incorporated evenly. The dough should be moldable, but not too crumbly.

Dump out the dough onto a clean surface and pat or roll out until it is about ¾ inch thick. Using a 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut the cookies until no more dough remains. You can re-roll the dough until all is used. Transfer to a baking sheet, top with sesame seeds (press into the dough a bit), and bake for about 15 minutes, or until cookies begin to turn golden and crisp on the bottom. Allow to cool before eating.

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 cup crushed almonds
  • 1 cup rendered pork fat (or store-bought lard)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • Sesame seeds for sprinkling
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