‘On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:, 12 Drummers Drumming, Eleven Pipers Piping, Ten Lords a Leaping, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, Five Golden Rings, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree’…AND I give to you Biscochitos!
Biscochitos are like the [New Mexico] state cookie. I do think they might have to grow on you but they have definitely grown on me, I could eat like 12 at one time if I let myself.
Here is the recipe
1 ½ cups butter, crisco or lard*
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
2 teaspoons anise seeds
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
About 3 tablespoons brandy or red wine
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Mix brandy or wine with anise seeds and let sit in cup for at least 30 minutes before baking cookies.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat butter* and 1 cup sugar in a bowl until fluffy. Add eggs and anise seed/brandy/wine mixture, and beat until very light and fluffy. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Mix thoroughly to make a stiff dough. Place dough on a long piece of waxed paper (towards one end). Bring the long end over the top and press to about one inch or slightly less in thickness and refrigerate until chilled; about 30 minutes at least.)
Roll out dough between waxed paper to just under ½ inch thickness. Cut with flour dusted cutters. Combine the 3 remaining tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon in a shallow bowl; dip unbaked cookies into the sugar-cinnamon mixture on one side. If dough seems to sticky do to this, just sprinkle the tops with the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place cookies on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 10 to 16 minutes or until tops of cookies are just firm. Cool cookies on wire racks.
*Notes: lard or margarine can be substituted for the lard, however the cookies will not be as crisp and moist. Lard is an original ingredient to these cookies. Apple juice, orange juice or milk can be substituted for the brandy or red wine, however they don’t compliment as well.
Makes 4 dozen cookies
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!!