Biscochitos Traditional Cookies


Biscochitos are a traditional New Mexico Christmas cookie flavored with anise and brandy. They are usually made in the fleur-de-lis shape but use your favorite cookie cutters if you like.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 dozen


  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups lard, softened

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons anise seed

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup brandy

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl; set aside.

  2. Beat lard and 1 1/2 cups sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add anise seed and beat until fluffy. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Add brandy; stir in flour mixture to form a dough.

  3. Roll dough with a floured rolling pin to a thickness of 1/4 or 1/2 inch. Cut dough with a fleur-de-lis cookie cutter, or other simple shape. Place cookies onto ungreased baking sheets. Mix 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl; sprinkle over cookies.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden brown, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

113 Calories
6g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 72
Calories 113
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 14mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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