Con la frente marchita,
Las nieves del tiempo
Platearon mi sien.
With the withered forehead,
The snows of time
They cover my face.
There’s a scene in Volver, my favorite Almodovar film, where Penelope Cruz mournfully sings the song her mother taught her. Tears on her cheeks, her voice filled with remembrance, she’s luminous. At once a ghost story, a mystery, a family drama, and a screwball comedy, this film has something for everyone, even a little cooking.
At one point, Raimunda, Penelope Cruz’s character, needs to prepare a last minute lunch for 30, and haggles with her neighbors to buy their groceries off of them. She gets sausages from one, pork from another, and cookies that melt in your mouth. In a quick shot, you can see Raimunda’s menu drawn in chalk. I paused and made out the blurry words—Mantecados Manchego—and then set to Googling.
These beautiful little cookies are a Spanish classic, and no, they don’t involve manchego cheese. They’re named after where they’re from, and where Volver is set, La Mancha. They’re only three ingredients, barely sweet, and perfect with a cup or coffee. Let’s get to baking…
- 1 3/4 sticks butter
- 1 2/3 cups bread flour
- 1/4 cup white wine
- sugar, for dusting
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Knead everything together into a smooth dough. Wrap in plastic, and let rest overnight in the refrigerator.
3. Roll out dough to about 1/2 inch thick, and cut out small squares (about 1 inch wide) with a cookie cutter. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until barely golden on the edges (the bottoms should be light golden brown).
4. Cool for about 20 minutes, then coat in sugar. Enjoy!
Will you be whipping up these cookies anytime soon?
Let me know if you do in the comments!
The Kitchy Kitchen