The Biscochito – or bizcochito as it’s officially spelled in New Mexico – was the first cookie to be adopted by a state. The anise-flavored shortbread-type cookie became the New Mexico state cookie in 1989. Biscochitos date to 16th-century Spain, hence their name /”Spanish cookies/” in at least one reference.
1 cup lard or oil of your choice
1 cup sugar
3 whole eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp anise extract or 1 tsp anise seeds
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 to 4 cups flour
1. Cream sugar and eggs until light and fluffy.
2. Add eggs into mixture and beating light and fully.
3. Add anise, vanilla and beat for a few seconds.
4. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Add to first mixture and mix well.
5. Roll out and cut with cookie cutter.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 6 minutes.
7. Cinnamon Sugar mixture: 1 cup sugar and 1 tbsp. cinnamon mix very well. Rub cookies in
cinnamon sugar mixture until your liking.
8. Makes about 8 dozens
Note: Be very careful to not over bake very easy to burn cookies.
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