Biscochitos (bis-co-chee-toe)

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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

Ingredients:

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

 

Preparing:

  1.  In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Whisk in the anise seed.
  2.  Beat together sugar and lard until light and fluffy.
  3.  Add egg, vanilla, and orange zest, beat to combine.
  4.  Gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined (dough should be the consistency  of a pie  crust dough).
  5.  Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  6.  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.
  7.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes or until just barely golden and set.  Be  careful not to  over bake.
  8.  While cookies are baking, combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl for dunking.
  9.  Let cookies cool for a minute then carefully dunk them in the sugar/cinnamon  mixture, placing  on a rack to cool completely.  Enjoy!

 

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