Biscochito Cookies

by BnB Finder | March 12th, 2013 | Best BnB Bites, Recipes
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biscochitoLooking for a simple, comforting cookie recipe that nonetheless has a touch of zing? This week’s recipe from Casa Escondida (“hidden house”) in Chimayo, New Mexico, is just what you want.  These crispy, rich cookies, flavored with anise and cinnamon, were first baked by the region’s Spanish colonists.  They’re perfect for a snack, by themselves or with coffee, tea, or the gourmet hot chocolate we featured last month. This recipe makes a big batch — remember cookies can be frozen for later.

 

Biscochito Cookies


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Ingredients
  1. 6 C flour
  2. 1 1/2 C sugar
  3. 2 C lard or shortening (lard is best)
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 2 t vanilla
  6. 1/2 t baking powder
  7. 1/4 t salt
  8. 3 T anise seeds (slightly crushed)
  9. Cinnamon & sugar to sprinkle
Instructions
  1. Cream lard, sugar & eggs together. Add remaining ingredients and blend. Roll the dough & cut into cookies (add 1/4 C cold water, if the dough is too stiff to roll). Coat unbaked cookies with a blend of sugar & cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees on an ungreased cookie sheet until golden brown (10 – 12 minutes).
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