Ok here's the thing, if you are a vegetarian, jew, on a diet or simply have something against pork fat you might wanna stop reading now.
My grandma is from a very small village, where back in the days people were quite poor and with no acess to many ingredients. People had to turn to things that were most common and used them with criativity to creat sweets. So many great things were borned this way, I love this kind of family recipes.
Butter was considered a luxury item and was not available in that village until much later. One thing they had were pigs and all pig related stuff. Lard pared with olive oils were the only fats used.
The recipe of these cookies was given to my grandma by an old lady that owned a bakery. My mom and oncles grew up on these, but they were not the only lucky ones. Me as well, I was fortunate to have done the cookies many times with grandma.
Don't be turned off by the amount of lard. Note that the recipe makes a lot of cookies and the lard gives them an unique texture that you can noy get with anything else. And no, they don't taste like pork. And you know what? My grandparents must have eaten tons of these thru out their lives and they are both alive still today with 86 and 89 years old!
MY GRANDMA'S LARD COOKIES
125 gr (4.5 oz) lard
125 gr (4.5 oz) sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 lemon (rind)
flour: more or less 400 gr (14.3 oz)
cinnamon (to sprinkle)
Melt the lard and add the sugar. Use a spoon to mix it, add the eggs and lemon. Add the flour little by little until the dough is playable and you can mold balls without getting it sticking to your hands.
Roll small balls and if you want sprinkle with cinnamon before putting in the oven.
Bake at 180º C (350º F) for about 7-8 minutes. Cookies will be white and soft, but they will get harder when cold.