Mantecaditos, crispy butter cookies, are perfect to serve alongside the afternoon cafecito. These Dominican cookies are very straightforward to prepare, even for the novice baker. See just how easy these lovely treats are to make with our thorough recipe with a handy video.

– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract – 2 cups all-purpose flour – ¾ cup brown sugar – 1 egg (medium) – 1 teaspoon baking soda – ¼ teaspoon salt – 1½ stick salted butter, (¾ cup [185g]) chilled, plus extra for greasing the baking tray


Step 1:

In the food processor vase, combine vanilla, flour, sugar, egg, baking soda, salt, and butter. Pulse until the mix forms rice-sized granules. Chill the dough while the oven is preheated to 400 ºF [200 ºC].

Step 2:

Form balls with the dough, about an inch in diameter. Place down on a greased tray (or lined) and press down to flatten to about ¼ inch thickness (about half a centimeter).

Step 3:

Bake in preheated oven until lightly golden (about 15-20 minutes). Please keep an eye on them because they can go from light golden to burn really fast, and – as most ovens are not really precise – the cooking time is not exact. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature on a wire tray.

Step 4:

Serve cooled with coffee or tea, or store in a tightly closed jar. for 24 hrs, or refrigerated for two days.

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