• Prep Time
    10 Mins
  • Cook Time
    0 Mins
  • Total Time
    10 Mins
  • The base number of servings for this recipe is 30
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    Anise Shortbread Cookies (Mantecados de Ánis)

    Nothing says Christmas like cookies straight from the oven. These holiday favorites, mantecados, get an update with the addition of crushed anise seeds and a brightening burst of lemon. Perfect for giving, getting, and eating.


    Ingredients
    4
    ounces
    unsalted butter, at room temperature
    4
    ounces
    leaf lard, at room temperature
    1
    cup
    superfine sugar
    1/2
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract
    2 1/2
    cups
    unbleached, all-purpose flour
    1
    tablespoon
    anise seeds, crushed
    1/4
    teaspoon
    kosher salt
    *
    zest from large lemon
    Directions
    In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and lard at medium speed for about 1 minute.
    Gradually add the sugar and increase the speed to medium-high.
    Occasionally stopping to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula, continue to beat until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.
    In a large bowl, blend together the flour, spices and salt. Add to creamed butter mixture and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula.
    Return the bowl to the stand and mix on the lowest speed until the flour is just incorporated. Do not over mix.
    Turn out the dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Push together to form a large flat disc and wrap well. Refrigerate until very firm, for at least 2 hours or overnight.
    Once chilled to firmness, slice. sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve.

    The base number of servings for this recipe is 30
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