Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins
A melt in your mouth shortbread style cinnamon cookie. It is made traditionally for the Christmas season in New Mexico households. I obtained this recipe from a friend, Namoi, who was born and raised in NM.
- 6 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups lard, do not substitute Crisco (mantecca)
- 12 tablespoons sugar
- 12 tablespoons orange juice or 12 tablespoons fruity wine
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons anise extract
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- cinnamon sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in large bowl, set aside.
- In mixer bowl beat the lard and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg yolks, cinnamon, anise extract and juice/wine. Mix till incorporated.
- Add flour mixture to lard mixture and mix well.
- Roll dough out onto floured counter top to 1/2" thickness. I work half the dough half at a time, rolling into a large square. Cutting into strips about 1 inch wide, then cut those strips into 2" cookies. (A ruler works great!).
- Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400°F for about 8-10 minutes.
- While cookies are warm roll them in cinnamon sugar.
These are the BEST melt in your mouth Biscochos I have ever had. I have made them with wine and orange juie and they both taste Wonderful! They are very authentic and like the ones I remember as a child. I have been using this recipe for the past 3 Easters and Christmases now and these cookies are always a hit!!!
Great recipe! I was born and raised in New Mexico! These tasted just like grandmas! YUMM!!!