Last recipe of the week! MONTECAOS. [Monte-cows]

This past week I have been very busy with school but I had the chance to visit the biggest PepsiCo factory of chips (Frito Lay!) with the Association of Operations Management of Cal State Fullerton. I saw all the production stages of Hot Cheetos, Doritos etc.. I have never been a big consumer of chips, but watching all those huge machines making chips was unreal. This visit didn’t convert me more to the chips industry however, when I came back home, all I was thinking about is, yes, we should make our own snacks more often.

Those irresistible sanded and crumbly oriental cookies are my favorite study buddies! I remember, during my sophomore year of college, making those by batches for cake sales at school, because we needed money to run our student union. Those cookies have resulted from a mix of Muslim/Ottoman and Spanish cuisine. Jews from North Africa often eat those for Kippur, Purim etc. They are really appreciated through Europe. I know from wordpress’ analytics that my audience is amazingly country-diverse and I hope you’ll all enjoy baking and eating those with a cup of coffee or tea 🙂


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of peanut oil
  •  A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven at 320°F.
  • Combine sugar and flour in a large bowl.
  • Mix the 2 ingredients together.
  • Add the oil and mix again.
  • On an oven tray covered with aluminum or parchment paper, form little balls with your hands.
  • Cook the cookies for 20min.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on top.


  • When you form them in your hand, try to keep the cookies size no bigger than 2 bites each.
  • A good Montecao is a cracked Montecao!
  • Wait at least 30min before eating. They get more solid as they cool down.
  • You can substitute peanut oil with canola or vegetable oil.
  • You also can substitute cinnamon with chocolate powder.
  • They keep really well due to the absence of egg and butter in their composition.


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2 thoughts on “Montecaos

  1. Francoise Evans 15 October 2017 — 7:27 PM

    Yum! I will try those this week!

    Liked by 1 person

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