Mantecaditos (Butter Cookies) are perfect to serve alongside the afternoon cafecito. These cookies are easy to prepare, even for the novice baker.
There are two things that we Dominicans love after a good lunch: a cafecito and a dulcito (a little coffee, and a little sweet). Yeah, we are just as fond of diminutives.
Full dessert is OK, but it’s not exactly our custom. A few bites and a cup of our insanely sweet coffee just does the thing to please our national sweet tooth (teeth?). Mantecaditos (Butter Cookies) — notice the diminutive there again? — are the perfect accompaniment to the post-lunch coffee, and perfect prelude for a — diminutive alert! —siestesita.
We’ve posted the recipe to a more complex version of butter cookies: Christmas Butter Cookies. But this is not it.
Mantecaditos are much more simple, cheaper and easier to make, and very much a part of our traditional dessert repertoire. The “easier to make” part is what I like the most about it.
Mantecaditos Recipe (Butter Cookies)
- Butter for greasing the tray
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 stick of butter chilled (3/4 cup)
- 3/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- Pre-heat oven to 400 ºF [200 ºC]. Grease a baking tray (or use a silpat).
- Mix the remaining ingredients in a food processor, pulse until the mix forms rice-sized granules.
- Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
- Form balls with the dough, about an inch in diameter. Press down to flatten a bit (see picture).
- Bake until light golden (about 20 minutes). Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature on a wire tray.