December 13, 2012 01:41:56 PM

My father was from New Mexico so we made these every Christmas. It's important to use lard to get the right texture and flakiness.
6 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups lard

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons anise seed

2 eggs

1/4 cup brandy

1/4 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, and set aside.
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.
Fill a cookie press with dough and press out cookies onto non stick cookie sheet. Combine 1/4 c. sugar with tablespoon cinnamon. Sprinkle sugar & cinnamon mixture and bake until golden.

Comments [1]

Allstonian from Boston, MA

My husband is from the Southwest and lived in New Mexico for about 10 years. I made these biscochitos for him last night - they were lovely, and really easy! I baked for about 12-13 minutes, rotating the pan after 6 minutes, and they all turned out really well.

Dec. 20 2012 09:09 AM

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