Spanish Cookie Recipes That You Can't Miss Trying Out

Spanish cookies
Every culture has its own variation when it comes to making cookies. Spanish cookies also have unique flavors and techniques. Here, you'll find some great Spanish cookie recipes. There are a wide variety of cookies and pastries that is native and popular in Spain.
Did You Know?
The word cookie has been derived from a Dutch word koekje or koekie, which means small cake.

Cookies come in various shapes, sizes, flavors, and types. They are made with so many different ingredients and pack delectable flavors that can make anyone weak in the knees.
Easy-to-follow Recipes
Polvorones
Polvorones
In Spanish, the word 'Polvo' means powder. Polvorones are made during Christmas time and are often served at Mexican weddings.

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 2 hours
Serving Size: 48 cookies

Ingredients:

All-purpose flour, 2 cups
Unsalted butter, room temperature, 1 cup
Sugar, powdered, 1 cup
Almonds, finely chopped, 1 cup
Almonds, ground, ½ cup
Sugar, ½ cup
Directions
In an electric mixer, whisk butter till it turns light and fluffy. Add sugar to it and blend well. Finally, add the flour in. Make sure to scrap the sides of the bowl as the ingredients mix. After all the ingredients have mix properly and there are no lumps, add the chopped and ground almonds. Turn the electric mixer off, take out the whisk, divide the dough in half, and form each half into a ball. Take each half and cover with Saran wrap. Place the dough inside the refrigerator for half an hour.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 350°F and place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Remove on half of the dough from the refrigerator and lay it on the floured workstation. With a spoon, scoop the dough and make ball between your palms. Do this with both the halves of the dough and place the balls on the baking sheet. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for about 15 to 18 minutes or till they turn golden brown on the outside. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for about 5 minutes. Take powdered sugar in a small bowl and toss the cookies in it. Cool the sugar-coated cookies thoroughly and serve.
Peanut Cookies
Peanut Cookies
You can make these peanut cookies in various manners. If you're not a fan of the melted chocolate drizzle, you can substitute it with the sugar glaze.

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Serving Size: 54 cookies

Ingredients:

All-purpose flour, 1½ cups
Brown sugar, firmly packed, 1 cup
Unsalted butter, room temperature, 1 cup
Rolled oats, 1 cup
Salted peanuts, chopped, 1 cup
Coconut flakes, 1 cup
Chocolate, melted, ½ cup
Baking powder, 1½ teaspoons
Baking soda, 1 teaspoon
Egg, beaten, 1
Directions
Preheat the oven at 350°F. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda properly. In a different bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and egg together. Now add the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and whisk everything thoroughly. Finally, add oats, chopped peanuts, and coconut flakes in. With a spoon, scoop some dough and place on a baking sheet that has a parchment paper on it. Use the back of the spoon to press down the dough and flatten it a bit. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the cookies for about 12 to 15 minutes. Once the cookies are ready, remove from the oven and let them cool on a cooling rack. Meanwhile, we will ready the melted chocolate using the double boiler method. With a spoon drizzle the melted chocolate on top of the cookies and let them cool completely. You can also sprinkle some more chopped peanuts on top before serving.
Pastissets
Pastissets
These delicate cookies are stuffed fried cakes found in East Spain. Although the recipe includes pumpkin pulp as stuffing, you can even use sweet potato.

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins
Serving Size: 48 cookies

Ingredients:

All-purpose flour, 4 cups
Pumpkin pulp, 2 cups
Lard, 1⅓ cups
Sugar, 1 cup
Unsalted butter, room temperature, ⅓ cup
Moscatell (Muscat vine), 2 tablespoons
Lemon peel, 1 teaspoon
Cinnamon power, ½ teaspoon
Anise, ½ teaspoon
Egg yolks, 2
Confectioners' sugar
Directions
Preheat the oven at 350°F. Take a large bowl to combine lard and butter together. Add sugar, egg yolks, lemon peel, and Moscatell in with the lard-butter mix. In a different bowl, mix the cinnamon and anise with flour. Add the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and make a smooth dough. Sprinkle some flour on the workstation and using a rolling pin, roll the dough ¼" thick (it doesn't matter what shape it takes). Cut round-shaped cookies, stuff them with pumpkin pulp, and roll the dough into long half-moon shape as well. Place the cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the cookies till the outside turns golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for about 5 minutes. Coat the cookies with confectioners' sugar and serve warm.
Nevados
Nevados
The sugar-coated Nevados are called "snow-capped mountains" and are prepared during Christmas time in Spain.

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 mins
Serving Size: 30 cookies

Ingredients:

All-purpose flour, 3½ cups
Vegetable shortening, 1½ cups
White wine, ⅔ cup
Sugar, powdered, ½ cup
Salt, ½ teaspoon
Directions
In a bowl, mix flour and salt together, and in a separate bowl, combine white wine with vegetable shortening. Add the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and add in an electric mixer. Blend on medium speed till the dough is ready. Make sure that the dough doesn't become too try or flaky. If it does, knead the dough to make it smooth. Here, turn the oven on and preheat it at 340°F. Now place the dough over a floured workstation and with a rolling pin, roll the dough about ⅓" thick. With a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place them on a baking sheet that has parchment paper on top. Bake the cookies in the oven for about 40 minutes till they turn crisp and slightly golden in color. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for about 5 minutes. Keep powdered sugar ready in a bowl and once the cookies are cool enough, toss them in powdered sugar and serve them.
Mantecados
Mantecados
Mantecados, means Spanish crumble cakes, have a hint of anise flavor which makes them melt in your mouth.

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Serving Size: 72 cookies

Ingredients:

Unbleached white flour, 7¼ cups
Vegetable shortening, 2¼ cups
Sugar, granulated, 1⅔ cups
Vegetable oil, 1 cup
Almonds, blanched and slivered, 1 cup
Cinnamon powder, ½ teaspoon
Egg yolks, 4
Anise liqueur shots, 2
Lemon peel and juice, 1
Egg white, beaten, 1
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Directions
In an electric mixer, combine vegetable shortening with vegetable oil. Add sugar and turn the mixer on to make a smooth mixture. One at a time, add egg yolks, anise liqueur, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cinnamon in. Let the ingredients combine properly. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl. Next, add the flour and baking soda at regular intervals, and prepare the smooth and soft dough. Preheat the oven at 325°F and pour the almonds in a small bowl. With a spoon, scoop small dollops of dough
Almendrados
Almendrados
Almendrados are very popular in Alicante, Spain as there are many almond trees grown in the region. Even though the cookies are prepared without flour, the almonds provide a delicious nutty flavor.

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Serving Size: 24 cookies

Ingredients:

Whole blanched almonds, 24
Lemon peel, 4 teaspoons
Whole blanched almonds, 2 cups
Cinnamon powder, 1 teaspoon
Sugar, ⅔ cup
Large egg, 1
Dash of salt
Directions
Preheat the oven at 350°F. In a food processor, ground the 2 cups of blanched almonds to a smooth paste. To this, add sugar, lemon zest, salt, and egg. Once the dough is ready, form a smooth ball. With a spoon, scoop out 24 (more or less) small balls and place on top of a baking sheet that has parchment paper over it. Sprinkle cinnamon powder over the cookies and press on the middle of the cookies to place the 24 whole blanched almonds on top. Bake the cookies for 15 to 18 minutes or till they turn golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool down a bit before serving.
Try these recipes and do let us know how they were. The amount of cookies for each of the recipe may differ depending on how big or small the sizes you keep.