Favorite Holiday Recipe: Mantecaditos

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I am sharing one of my favorite holiday recipes. I said I was going to post it Thursday - well...I'm EARLY! This is a recipe for a yummy cookie called Mantecaditos, which are a Puerto Rican Shortbread Cookie. Here is the recipe my family uses.

1/4 pound butter (oh - you know this is going to be yummy now!)
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (vegetable - that's healthy, right?)
1 tspn almond extract (the health benefits of extract of nut)
5 cherries (see, we have fruit)
2 1/4 cup of flour (to hold it all together)
1/2 cup sugar (ummmm... okay, who am I fooling. This is a cookie, people!)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Cream the butter and shortening
3. Blend sugar, almond extract and flour
4. Scoop spoonfuls and shape dough into balls
5. Push down on ball to flatten SLIGHTLY and form a small indentation on the top of the cookie
6. Cut cherries in eight pieces each, and put a cherry piece on top of the cookie ball. You can replace cherries for sprinkles.
7. Bake 20 minutes!

EAT EAT EAT! So soft, buttery and absolutely delicious! And pretty too!