Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mantecaditos con Guayaba / Butter Cookies with Guava

The Pioneer Woman pointed me to a site the other day that I have fallen in love with: The Noshery. This girl has a Puerto Rican background and lives in the south. So she's got some great culinary background and I'm dying to try so many of her recipes. The one I found her through were these Mantecaditos con Guayaba (Butter Cookies with Guava) - a latin twist on a quite popular Christmas Cookie. I had just happened to buy a whole tub of guava paste and after we'd eaten a quarter of it with saltine crackers, I was wondering what to do with the rest of it. And plop, this recipe just fell into my blog reader. Perfect.


1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup guava paste, diced

Preheat oven to 350. Cream sugar, shortening, and butter in a large bowl. Mix in egg yolk and almond extract. Blend in flour a little at a time until well combined and chunky. Shape a tablespoon of dough into a ball. Repeat with remaining dough. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet. Using your thumb, press down on the center of the cookie. Fill the dimple with about 1 teaspoon of guava paste.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until light golden brown. Transfer to cooling rack and enjoy a little tropical twist on your Christmas classic.


Abby Fred said...

Yummy! This looks super delicious... I am def. gonna have to try this!

chelsea said...

Oh, It really looks tasty!
Keep posting!

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SJerZGirl said...

Yum!! I love guava and I love thumbprint cookies with fruit centers. I've just never heard of guava paste. Where can it be purchased?

Daisy said...

@SJerZGirl: I purchase mine at the local grocer in the Mexican Food section near the fruits and preserves. It's usually in a "lata" or can like this: http://www.nutricity.com/n/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=43953&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=froogle&gclid=CLOujtyZkagCFRtKgwodh2KBCQ

Daniel Forgotten said...

Sounds good.