Welcome to New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment! The official state cookie is the Biscochito, an anise-flavored sugar cookie.
The cookie itself was introduced by some of the first Spanish colonists and the recipes have evolved over time. Many traditional recipes use lard, but we prefer to use butter.
The cookies are served during celebrations, especially Christmas.
Merry Christmas to all!
3 C Flour
1 1/2 t Baking Powder
1/4 t Salt
1 t ground anise seed
1 C Butter
3/4 C Sugar
2 T Brandy
1 t Vanilla
2 T Sugar
1 T Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, anise and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until well combined. Add egg, vanilla and brandy and mix until just combined. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients.
Chill dough for 20 minutes.
Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes. Stars and moons are most traditional, but really any shape will be delicious.
Mix together the 2 T sugar and the 1 T cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of the cookies.
Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes.