Masas secas (Argentine butter cookies)

Masas secas literally mean ‘dry dough’ which lets be honest is not the most appetising of names BUT essentially are the most delicious buttery cookies ever.

Masas secas are rather fancy in Argentina and therefore you often have them for special occasions and special meriendas (tea time!). There is something extremely special about making your own home made masas secas, whether to celebrate something special such as Christmas or simply getting to the end of the week!

The dough is buttery and similar to Viennese sable cookies, which are also hand piped .

What will you need to make these amazing masas secas?

  • Plain flour – You certainly do not want self-raising flour as we do not want any raising agents to affect our dough and make the cookies grow!
  • Unsalted butter – The butter as usual should be soft and at room temperature. This does NOT mean that it should be melted though!
  • Icing sugar – These masas secas are delicate and soft and therefore icing sugar is key!
  • Eggs – The eggs should also be at room temperature as a change in temperature might affect the batter.
  • Vanilla extract – only needed to make the vanilla masas secas. Not needed if you are making the chocolate masas secas.
  • 100% cocoa powder – not needed for vanilla masas secas obviously!
  • White and dark chocolate chips/buttons – Good quality chocolate is key when choosing the chocolate to melt and decorate the masas secas with!
  • Roasted chopped hazelnuts, 100s &1000s, glace cherries, dulce de leche – The most fun bit is to decorate the masas secas. There are endless way to decorate them.

RECIPE

This amazing recipe makes roughly 40-50 masas, depending on their size!

Ingredients

For the chocolate masas secas:

  • 230g plain flour
  • 20g 100% cocoa powder
  • 90g icing sugar
  • 180g soft butter
  • 1 egg

For the vanilla masas secas:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 90g icing sugar
  • 180g soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

For the vanilla masas secas:

  1. Use an electrical whisk to whisk the soft butter (make sure it is very soft but not melted!) with the icing sugar until a fluffy creamy mixture is made.
  2. Add the egg (at room temperature) and whisk again until well mixed, Then add the vanilla extract and whisk again.
  3. Sift the flour slowly and with a spatula gently fold (do not overly mix!). Add all the flour until a dough which is soft and pipe-able is formed.
  4. Transfer the dough into a piping bag with a large star nozzle (mine was a closed star nozzle but you can use the nozzle you have!).
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius and grease a large baking tray with cold butter.
  6. Use the piping bag to pipe different shaped masas secas. You can pipe dough into round swirls, large rings and long cookies. Add a half glace cherry to the round swirls.
  7. Bake in the oven at 180 degree Celsius for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven as soon as they are slightly golden!

For the chocolate masas secas:

  1. Use an electrical whisk to whisk the soft butter (make sure it is very soft but not melted!) with the icing sugar until a fluffy creamy mixture is made.
  2. Add the egg (at room temperature) and whisk again until well mixed.
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa powder slowly and with a spatula gently fold (do not overly mix!). Add all the flour until a dough which is soft and pipe-able is formed.
  4. Transfer the dough into a piping bag with a round nozzle. If you do not have a round nozzle, that is absolutely ok, you can use no nozzle!
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius and grease a large baking tray with cold butter.
  6. Use the piping bag to pipe the dough into horse shoe shape masas secas. You can also do round swirls and large rings.
  7. Bake in the oven at 180 degree Celsius for 12-15 minutes.

To decorate:

  1. Once the masas secas are completely cooled, the fun part begins!
  2. Be creative and decorate by dipping the masas secas in white or milk chocolate and sprinkling 100s & 1000s or chopped hazelnuts on top. You can also sandwich long masas secas with dulce de leche or even Nutella!
  3. Make a pot of tea and ENJOY!! 🙂

I absolutely ADORE masas secas and cannot wait to see your amazing masas secas!!!

BUEN PROVECHO! 🙂

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