Montecaos or Melt Away Cinnamon Cookies

When Sweettablescapes found this recipe in Cuisine et Vins de France March-April 2021 issue, we had to look up these Montecaos /Mantecados / Melt Away Cinnamon cookies (as they seem to be called all over the web). It turns out they are Spanish cookies, from Andalousia with cousins in Morocco and Northern Africa called Ghribia. Originally prepared with lard, (hence the name Mantecados since manteca means lard in Spanish) they are now commonly made with peanut oil. And do they melt in your mouth!! I devoured several of them in quick succession and since they are SUPER quick and easy to prepare, I foresee a new entry in our “favorites repertoire”!! So let’s travel to Spain with these delicious treats!!

You’ll need:

  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 25 cl peanut oil
  • 3 TBsp cinnamon
  • 500 g all-purpose flour
  • 250 g granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.. In a large bowl, mix oil and sugar thoroughly. Add flour and lemon zest.
  1. Shape small balls with the dough (the size of small golf balls) and place them on a greased baking sheet or over parchment or a silicon mat.
  1. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. They are ready when they start cracking on top.
  2. Sprinkle with some cinnamon.

Travel to Spain with these rich and delicious bites!!

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