Recipe of the Week: Torticas de Morón


Cuban salsa singer La Lupe has often been revered as La Reina del Latin Soul (the queen of Latin Soul). Her unique and fascinating style of performance usually stirred the pot yet; her talents and passion left little to no room for debate.  During an appearance on the Dick Cavett show in 1973, the Santiago de Cuba native surprised Cavett with a homemade batch of everyone’s favorite cookies, torticas de Morón. Below you will find the recipe for the famous Cuban sugar cookies, which similar to La Lupe, will always be sweet and delightful!


1 cup sugar

1 cup vegetable shortening 

4 cubs flour

1½ teaspoons lime zest

1 teaspoon salt

1-teaspoon baking powder 

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1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together the sugar and shortening with a wooden spoon. Gradually add the remaining ingredients. Be sure to use your hands for this part.

2. Shape the dough into a roll about 2 inches in diameter

3. Wrap the roll in plastic and refrigerate for an hour. Preheat the oven to 350°F

4. Using a sharp knife cut the dough into ¼" thick slices and place them 2" apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. 

5. Make a small indentation in the center of each cookie

6. Bake until edges are lightly golden, about 15-20 minutes. Let cool completely.

This batch serves about 4-dozen cookies

Photo by: Vegan