Cookies 13: Biscochitos

biscochitosBiscochitos are anise-flavored cookies commonly found at celebrations like Christmas.

Biscochitos were probably introduced in Mexico in the 16th century by the Spanish but – like all recipes that continue to be prepared – it has changed over time.

Here’s a biscochitos recipe from AllRecipes.com for you to try!

Biscochitos

Ingredients

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups lard
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons anise seed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the lard and 1 1/2 cups sugar until smooth. Mix in the anise seed, and beat until fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time. Add the sifted ingredients and brandy, and stir until well blended.
  3. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/2 or 1/4 inch thickness, and cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. The traditional is fleur-de-lis. Place cookies onto baking sheets. Mix together the 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the tops of the cookies.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bottoms are lightly browned.

 

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1 Comment

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One response to “Cookies 13: Biscochitos

  1. This reminded me of the anise flavored cookies/discs sold on the street in Italy…those are good things to be reminded of, thanks 🙂

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