Cuban Shortbread Cookies

Cuban Shortbread Cookies or Torticas de Morón are a Cuban speciality and are very popular in Cuban bakeries. Cuban cooking is a fusion of African, Carribean and Spanish cuisines, and so has a variety of immensely flavourful elements to draw from!


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


In a large bowl, mix the sugar and shortening thoroughly, using a wooden spoon. Gradually add the remaining ingredients, blending with your hands. Form the dough into a roll about 2 inches in diameter, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350 F. With a sharp knife, cut the dough into 1/4-inch slices and place them on a non-stick or a lightly buttered regular cookie sheet. With your finger, make a small depression in the centre of each cookie, and bake until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.

Store in a tightly covered tin.

The cookies will keep for one week.