Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Traditional New Mexican Biscochitos

The official State cookie of my home state of New Mexico is Biscochitos, a delightful cookie featuring a blend of anise, cinnamon, and sugar. Here is a recipe passed down from my mother.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 1/4 cups of shortening
4 cups of flour
1-2 eggs
2 tsp anise seeds
1 tsp anise extract
2 tsps baking powder
Up to 1/4 cup of brandy or sweet wine - enough to mix to proper consistency for rolling and cutting

Blend shortening and sugar. Add in egg and mix for about 10 minutes. Add flour and baking powder and spices, mixing until you have a stiff dough.

Roll to desired thickness and cut in shapes. A fleur-de-lis is traditional. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake 15-20 minutes, depending on how thick you roll the cookies, until just browning on the edges.

Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo de mi familia en Neuvo Mexico para todos!

About the author:
Norma Gail is the author of the contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, winner of the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 40 years. They have two adult children.

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  1. Sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

  2. Merry Christmas! They are the best! The anise gives a special flavor.

  3. I always enjoy learning new recipes. Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas Norma.

  4. Thank you for the recipe...and merry Christmas. I'm a transplanted New Mexican who loves all the traditions here. Also, it's good to learn of other writers in this "enchanting" state. :)

    1. Merry Christmas! It certainly is good to meet fellow New Mexican writers!

  5. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Norma Gail. Anise isn't found in a lot of recipes. I do like the Anise flavored rock candy from the past. Merry Christmas.

    1. Then you'll love these cookies. It's a much lighter flavor, though.