Spanish Roccos (Galletitas Navidanas)

READY IN: 1hr 30mins




  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Heat oil in a small sauce pan.
  • Add orange peel and fry until the pith (white part) is golden brown.
  • Add anise seed to orange oil and fry for 2 or 3 minutes more.
  • Strain the oil into a glass bowl and discard the orange and anise.
  • Add shortening to oil. Stir till melted.
  • Add wine to oil.
  • Add sugar to oil.
  • Place bowl of oil in refrigerator until cool.
  • Add flour 1/2 pound at a time. Mix well.
  • Roll out dough till about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Cut cookies with 1 1/2 inch cookie cutter. Traditionally we make a doughnut shape with about 2 tablespoons of dough.
  • Place cookies on un-greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  • Let cool and dust heavily with powdered sugar.