Today is the day when I get in touch with my Puerto Rican roots. This cookie, this breathtaking, delicious, mouthwatering cookie is called Mantecaditos or Polvorones in Spanish. Polvorones are my favorite cookies, no question about it, and I’ll tell you why. This cookie tastes like friggin’ ice cream. It practically melts in your mouth and you cannot have just one, two to three cookies are a must. As a female and baker who has been spoiled for years with this delicacy, it is my duty to supply the rest of the world with its recipe. You’re welcome, world. You are welcome.
2 cups of all-purpose flour ( add an extra 1/4 of cup if you feel the mixture requires it)
2 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tblsp of milk
1/2 cup of butter or 1 stick
1/2 of Crisco
1/2 of white sugar
Sprinkles or colored sugar
1. First things first, preheat the oven like it has never been preheated before. Allure it with your graces by turning the knob or pushing the button to 375 degrees. You got this.
2. In a large bowl, mix in your butter (at room temperature) with the crisco, vanilla, and sugar. You want to make sure your mixture is creamy. No lumps allowed to the cookie party!
3. Sift in your flour, one half cup at a time and the milk. Then use your hands to mold the cookie dough into a large ball.
4. Grease and flour your baking sheet. No one likes burnt or broken cookies. No one.
5. Now to the fun part, take about a teaspoonful of cookie dough and shape it into a ball. Place the cookie dough ball on your greased baking sheet then firmly press your thumb down the center of the cookie.
6. Bake your cookies for 15-18 minutes or until golden. As soon as you take out your cookies of the oven add your sprinkles or colored sugar into the center. The cookies must be hot for the sprinkles to stick. Make them pretty. Think of it this way, you like to look pretty when you go out, well so do these cookies!