Cut-out cookies rolled in sugar and cinnamon.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Beat shortening until light and fluffy. Add one cup sugar, and anise seed. Mix until creamy. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour, baking power, cream of tartar, salt and orange juice. Mix well.

  • Knead dough until smooth. On lightly floured surface, roll to 1/2 inch thick. Cut using cookie cutter into different shapes. Bake until light brown, 5 - 8 minutes. Roll cookies in mixture of 1 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons of cinnamon while still warm.

Nutrition Facts

754.7 calories; 7.6 g protein; 83.6 g carbohydrates; 31 mg cholesterol; 232.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (33)

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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2007
These were so yummy! They are extremely delicate cookies. So much so that I had to add another egg to keep them together. After adding the extra egg they were much easier to dip/roll in the cinnamon sugar. Also I couldn't find ground anise for the life of me so I had to use a scant tsp of anise extract instead. They almost reminded me of shortbread cookies with a touch of anise flavor in the background. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/06/2010
These were bland. The recipe resembled something I make but the slight differences were enough to take a pretty good recipe and turn it into a cookie without taste or character. Won't be making these again. Read More
(5)
40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2007
These were so yummy! They are extremely delicate cookies. So much so that I had to add another egg to keep them together. After adding the extra egg they were much easier to dip/roll in the cinnamon sugar. Also I couldn't find ground anise for the life of me so I had to use a scant tsp of anise extract instead. They almost reminded me of shortbread cookies with a touch of anise flavor in the background. Read More
(59)
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2007
These were so yummy! They are extremely delicate cookies. So much so that I had to add another egg to keep them together. After adding the extra egg they were much easier to dip/roll in the cinnamon sugar. Also I couldn't find ground anise for the life of me so I had to use a scant tsp of anise extract instead. They almost reminded me of shortbread cookies with a touch of anise flavor in the background. Read More
(59)
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2003
My whole family loved this cookie recipe! We recently had a quinceañera for our daughter on January 5 2002 My family and I baked at least thousand cookies. The people at the reception could not get enough of them. Thanks so much your recipe. This one will stay in my recipe box for generations. Terry Duran Palacios Texas Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2006
I am a high school Spanish teacher and i made these cookies for my class. They were a big hit. The students could not believe that I made homemade cookies. I did make then about a quarter inch thin so that the dough made more cookies. One batch made about sixty cookies. They were also inexpensive to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2007
These were very simple to make and quite tasty too. Reminded me of a cross between a shortbread cookie with a snickerdoodle type of flavor. Almost as good as my friend Esther's whose recipe I was trying to duplicate only her directions were a can of pre-creamed shortening a 5 lb bag of flour 2 c sugar boil cinn stick and anise to make a tea add that to dry...etc. LOL I mentioned to her I just didn't need 1000 cookies! so I found this very similar recipe. I think she called these Biscochito. (I think that's how it's spelled) Our local grocery makes them and calls them "pan de polvo" also called "Mexican wedding cookies". Wonderful texture and flavor to these little cookies. They almost melt in your mouth. This made about 8 dozen tea sized cookies. Can't eat just one...Thanks for sharing this keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2004
This made the best cookies & my 3 year old daughter really enjoyed baking them with me! The only thing I changed was that I substituted 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice for the anise seed. We got a bunch of compliments on these cookies! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2007
These were great! I made them for a mexican fiesta party I threw and they were a big hit. Three days later they still are soft and moist. Delicious! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2005
My family has always called this Biscocho's but I think it changes from region to region. Very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2008
Holy Cinnamon Batman! These were a huge hit I must have given a dozen people the website and link. It took a bit of experimentation for my oven but as soon as I saw any browning on the edges I removed. These also didn't taste great right after baking they were kinda crumbly and flour tasting. But the next day they ROCKED. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2005
I think that these are the best sugar cookies ever made! Even though alot of shortening is used it is sweet and delicious and a truely fun treat. My husband and kids love this recipe and I will continue to make it throughout my life for the people I care for. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/06/2010
These were bland. The recipe resembled something I make but the slight differences were enough to take a pretty good recipe and turn it into a cookie without taste or character. Won't be making these again. Read More
(5)