Recipe by Quail Trails
I love the whole anise seeds and the slightly buttery flavor of these "biscos", traditional Christmas cookies in my home state of New Mexico.
Top Review by Indico79
These are the BEST cookies in the whole world. I'm glad to see you use lard and a sweet wine. That's the only way to make them!!! =o) My grandmother always made these every year for christmas and I'm so glad to finally find a recipe that's authentic!!! Thank you so much
- 6 cups flour (or enough to make dough easy to handle but not dry)
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon whole anise seed
- 1 cup white lard
- 1 cup butter
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1⁄4 cups white sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 5 teaspoons brandy or 5 teaspoons sweet wine or 5 teaspoons water or 5 teaspoons brandy flavoring or 5 teaspoons vanilla
To top cookies
- 1⁄4 cup white sugar
- enough cinnamon, to darken
Directions See How It's Made
- Cream lard and butter.
- Add sugar and beat until fluffy.
- Add eggs, anise seed, salt, baking powder and brandy, mix.
- Add flour gradually, til dough is firm, shape into a log and wrap in clear wrap.
- Chill, then slice in 3/4" slices.
- Mix cinnamon sugar, press uncooked cookie slice into mixture to coat one side and flatten slightly.
- Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned.