Biscochitos

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Biscochitos are the official state cookie of New Mexico, where they were introduced by the Spaniards in the 16th century. The cookie is traditionally made with lard and flavored with anise seeds and cinnamon. For this version we use butter.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 35 minutes

Makes: 60 cookies

Ingredients

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. softened butter
  • 1¾ cups sugar, divided
  • 2 tsp. anise seeds
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt.
  • Cream the butter with 1½ cups of the sugar and the anise seeds using a mixer set on medium speed.
  • Beat the eggs until light and fluffy and add to the creamed mixture. Add the flour mixture and the brandy; mix until well blended. The dough should be stiff. If not, add more flour until it is.
  • Knead the dough and roll out to ¼" to ½" thick. Cut with cookie cutters.
  • Mix together the remaining ¼ cup sugar and the cinnamon. Use to dust the top of each cookie.
  • Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Recipe Information

Makes: 60 cookies

Ingredients

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. softened butter
  • 1¾ cups sugar, divided
  • 2 tsp. anise seeds
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt.
  • Cream the butter with 1½ cups of the sugar and the anise seeds using a mixer set on medium speed.
  • Beat the eggs until light and fluffy and add to the creamed mixture. Add the flour mixture and the brandy; mix until well blended. The dough should be stiff. If not, add more flour until it is.
  • Knead the dough and roll out to ¼" to ½" thick. Cut with cookie cutters.
  • Mix together the remaining ¼ cup sugar and the cinnamon. Use to dust the top of each cookie.
  • Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories130
Total Fat6g
Saturated Fat4g
Cholesterol25mg
Sodium65mg
Total Carbohydrate16g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars6g
Protein2g