(Mexican Masa Dumplings) "The combination of corn masa, salt and spices harkens back to Aztec times. This recipe is a great one to make with kids, since forming the dumplings is just like rolling Play-Doh. Use them in moles, in most any hot soup, broth or as you would use noodles." From Pati's Mexican Table. These are vegan if you use a suitable oil in place of the lard/manteca.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the masa with the warm water, then KNEAD for approximately 1 minute, until dough is smooth and no lumps.
Stir in the lard, cinnamon, salt and sugar; mix for another minute until well incorporated and smooth.
Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, then with your little finger make a dimple in the middle of each dumpling. Keep the dumplings covered until ready to cook (they dry out quickly so be sure to cover them well!)