Torticas de Morón
These delightfully sandy cookies originated in Morón, in central Cuba. Some recipes call for only four ingredients: flour, shortening, sugar and lime zest. But this one goes a step further, adding salt and vanilla to amplify the other flavors. The shortening is essential here, and traditional to the recipe. Pair a cookie with a little dulce de leche or guava paste, or serve them alongside a strong cafecito.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 1cup/185 grams vegetable shortening
- 1cup/200 grams granulated sugar
- ½teaspoon vanilla extract
- Zest of 3 limes (about 1½ tablespoons lime zest)
- 3cups/385 grams all-purpose flour
- 1teaspoon kosher salt (Diamond Crystal)
Step 1In a large bowl and using a wooden spoon, combine the shortening and the sugar until well incorporated. Add the vanilla extract, and stir until combined. Add the lime zest and stir until incorporated.
Step 2Gradually add the flour and salt in three batches, using your hands to mix and press the ingredients together between each addition, until all the flour is absorbed and the mixture forms a cohesive dough.
Step 3Heat oven to 325 degrees. Clear off part of your work surface, and lay down a 2-foot-long piece of plastic wrap.
Step 4Transfer the dough to the center of the plastic wrap, and form the dough into a log that is 2 inches in diameter. (Use the long sides of the plastic wrap to help you roll and form. This may be tricky, but just keep squishing and rolling the dough until it all comes together.) Wrap the dough tightly in the plastic wrap so you have a compact, circular log, and let rest at room temperature for 15 minutes.
Step 5Uncover the dough and, using a sharp knife, cut into ½-inch slices. (If the slices crumble, feel free to push them back together, or to use your fingers to smooth out any rough edges so that they’re more round.) Place the slices on a nonstick baking sheet or a rimmed baking sheet covered in parchment paper, and bake until firm at the center and light golden brown on the bottom, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely, and serve. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.