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
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)
Optional Guava Marmalade
7 ounces guava paste
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.
Cube 7 ounces of guava paste 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.
Place a dollop of guava on each cooled cookie and sprinkle with finishing salt.
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