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Biscochitos Traditional Cookies

Rated as 4.56 out of 5 Stars

"This is New Mexico's traditional cookie. A great thick sugar cookie that is dusted with cinnamon-sugar. The traditional shape is fleur-de-lis, but use your favorite cookie cutters if you like."
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25 m servings 113
Original recipe yields 72 servings (6 dozen)


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  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.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 113 calories; 5.9 13 1.3 11 24 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Very good sugar cookies with just a hint of licorice flavor! I couldn't find lard so I used butter instead and they still turned out fantastic.

Most helpful critical review

The dough came out very dry and so did the cookie. I made two batches, just to make sure I hadn't messed one up and the result was the same.

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Very good sugar cookies with just a hint of licorice flavor! I couldn't find lard so I used butter instead and they still turned out fantastic.

This recipe is the best. My Grandmother used to make me these cookies as a little girl. The only difference to the recipe was she used ( pineapple-juice)instead of (brandy). She would roll the c...

DELICIOUS! I'm Latina... these cookies bring back memories of baking at Xmas with my Grandmother! A couple of suggestions: (1) Melt lard in the microwave before mixing it with sugar.... it ke...

Well, first off: Never send a man to do a womans job. :p My husband bought All Vegetable Shortnening instead of lard. Still, they came out DELICIOUS! I was told they come out better w/ lard...

I am glad I came across this recipe. I made about 4 dozen of these cookies they where delicious. Everyone loved them for the holidays they went great with hot chocolate or coffee!!!

This recipe brought back memories of my grandmother! I loved them. They tasted just like the ones she made for us as children. My grandmothers recipes is almost exact except for a couple smal...

These are as good as my sister-in-laws SECRET RECIPE that she won't give out. My husband loves biscochitos and these won him over.

My mother has been making these cookies all my life - it wouldn't be Christmas without them! We have always used small (1 inch) cookie cutters in various shapes. We put the cookies in a bowl f...

I made this for a hispanic friend of mine. She never said how they were so..... My husband thought they were good. Update: My hispanic friend said these were wonderful! She said they brought ...