Biscochitos are the official state cookie of New Mexico and are a delicious, rich, crisp, and easy to make cookie. They have a spicy anise and orange flavor, perfect for a celebration. They are a traditional Christmas cookie and are made for weddings as well. I love them! Please enjoy!
Makes about 3 dozen 2 1/2″ cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons crushed anise seed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Zest of one orange
1 1/4 cups lard
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the topping:
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in the anise seed.
- Beat together sugar and lard until light and fluffy.
- Add egg, vanilla, and orange zest, beat to combine.
- Gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined (dough should be the consistency of a pie crust dough).
- Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
- On a lightly floured surface roll out dough to a 1/4″ thickness. Cut out cookies with a 2 1/2″ round cutter and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes or until just barely golden and set. Be careful not to over bake.
- While cookies are baking, combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl for dunking.
- Let cookies cool for a minute then carefully dunk them in the sugar/cinnamon mixture, placing on a rack to cool completely. Enjoy!