There are many versions on the basic Biscochitos recipe..all containing a lot of lard or butter, flour, sugar, anise seeds and brandy or rum. Purists insist that only lard is acceptable...they claim the flakiness lard provides is unmatched by anything else. I made mine with butter to ensure the vegetarians in the family can partake, but you can use whatever you like best.
My friend Pamela gave me an old cookbook Cocinas de New Mexico which while undated, looks to have been published in the 50's or 60's. The book includes a recipe for Biscochitos (although they are spelled Bizchochitos) and that is the recipe I used today. I used the exact ingredients called for but adapted the technique a bit. I am posting the recipe straight from the cookbook with my changes listed.
Biscochitos are traditionally made for special occasions like fiestas, festivals, weddings, baptisims and Christmas. The recipe states that the fleur de lis shape is traditional but, in keeping with Christmas, I made mine in bell shapes. I suggest you add them to your Holiday Cookie menu....they are delicious! Happy Baking everyone...
- I creamed the butter, sugar, and anise seed then added the eggs one at a time to ensure the butter mixture was very light and fluffy
- I added the flour mixture one cup at a time and added the brandy after 3 cups were added.
- I needed the full 1/4 cup of brandy.
Here are some additional cookie recipes for your holiday dessert buffet:
It is " Holiday Cookies" week at Food Network's Fall Fest roundup. Check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends. Do you have a favorite cookie recipe? Please share in the comments section and/or link to your blog if you have one.
- Feed Me Phoebe: Gluten-Free Ginger Cookies
Devour: 5 Must-Bake Holiday Cookies
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Oat Sorghum Cookies
Dishin & Dishes: Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Bites
Daisy at Home: Eggnog Cookies
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Chocolate Italian Cookies (Biscottini Glassati al Cioccolato)
Red or Green: Biscochitos (New Mexico State Cookie)
Swing Eats: Florentines (gluten-free)
Virtually Homemade: Soft Sugar Cookies (gluten free)
Weelicious: Molasses Roll Out Cookies
Dishing With Divya: Eggless Coconut Cookies
Taste with the Eyes: Heavenly Fried Cookies with Ginger, Honey, Pine Nuts
The Cultural Dish: A Taste of Tradition: Italian Pizzelle Cookies
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: 5 Favorite Holiday Cookies
The Mom 100: Crystallized Ginger Shortbread
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Rugelach - Your New Go-To Holiday Cookie
FN Dish: 10 Recipes to Win Your Holiday Cookie Swap
- My best,