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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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Cookies 10: Russian Tea Cakes

Dainty and delicious, Russian tea cakes probably date to the 18th century and are similar to “jumbles,” a Middle Ages dessert.

Following the tradition of only serving rich foods on special occasions, Russian tea cakes are typically associated with Christmas and weddings.

Although Russians do not celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25, their traditional celebrations are similar in many ways to those throughout the world.

Interestingly, Russian tea cakes are the same as Mexican Wedding Cake cookies. The name was supposedly changed during the Cold War.

This Russian tea cakes recipe is from AllRecipes.com, shared by THEAUNT708, with a shout-out to her Bubba (her grandmother from Lithuania).

Russian Tea Cakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream butter and vanilla until smooth. Combine the 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar and flour; stir into the butter mixture until just blended. Mix in the chopped walnuts. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Roll in confectioners’ sugar. When cool, roll in remaining confectioners’ sugar.

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