In Puerto Rico, we really don’t bake a whole bunch. It’s hot all year round! Maybe that’s why we have so many panaderias (bakeries).
We didn’t have that many grocery stores like they do today, so many of us relied on panaderias. From milk, deli meat, freshly baked bread to even a little area with different products from laundry soap to candies. Maybe our version of a convenience store. If you ever visit Puerto Rico, the best breakfast will be from a panaderia!
The only cookie I remember being made that could be considered authentic Puerto Rican is a mantecadito. Manteca in spanish means lard or shortening. Lard cookies don’t sound yummy but mantecaditos do! They are very simple to make, doesn’t take that long in the oven either.
Here are the ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 tsp almond emulsion or almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Sprinkles and guava jelly cubes
Now watch the video on how to make it!