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torticas de moron

Torticas de Moron Are Melt In Your Mouth Delicious!

  • Author: Sandi Abbott
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 28 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Cuban


Torticas de Moron are a  Cuban shortbread cookie that’s perfectly crumbly and just melts in your mouth. Try it with a dollop of guava paste!



3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup vegetable shortening

¼ cup butter

1 teaspoon lemon rind

Optional Garnishes:

Sugar crystals or colored sugar.

7 ounces guava marmalade (you can buy it canned or make your own)

Finishing salt or kosher salt (to sprinkle on the dollop of guava paste)

Marachino cherries

Optional Guava Marmalade

7 ounces guava paste affiliate link

1 teaspoon Cointreau or other orange liqueur (add more if you prefer a more intense flavor)

5 tablespoons water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees


Grate 1 teaspoon of lemon rind.

Cream the sugar, shortening and butter until smooth. Add the lemon rind and beat for 30 more seconds.

Mix two cups of flour until combined, using a wooden spoon or spatula. Add the last cup of flour and mix until you have a crumbly mixture.

Dump the crumbly dough onto a floured surface.

Knead until the dough comes together. Divide the dough in half and shape each one into a flat disc.

Roll each disc until it’s 1/4 inch thick and cut with a biscuit cutter or a glass. Roll the leftover dough and repeat the process until you’ve used up all the dough. As you cut the cookies, place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Sprinkle the shaped cookies with sugar crystals.

Optional Topping: If you’re using the maraschino cherries, add half a cherry to each cookie. You can use both the sugar and the cherries to decorate.

Bake: Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden (mine took 18 minutes). Remove from oven.

Cool on baking sheet for about a minute. Then transfer them to a cooling rack. Be careful with these, because they can break easily. That’s why I don’t remove them from the baking sheet right away like I do with most cookies. 

Guava Paste:

Cube 7 ounces of guava paste affiliate link and add to a pan set on medium low heat. Add 5 tablespoons of water and a teaspoon of Cointreau. Cook until the guava is melted and spreadable. 

Guava Garnish:

Place a dollop of guava on each cooled cookie and sprinkle with finishing salt.

Keywords: Torticas de Moron, cuban cookies, guava cookies, cuban shortbread cookies, shortbread cookies, christmas cookies, cuban christmas cookies

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