13 Jun Biscochitos (Cookies)

From Santa Fe, NM

Makes 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar, plus 3/4 cup for sprinkling
  • 1 1/4 cups lard or vegetable shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons anise seeds
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • All purpose flour for work surface

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix 1 cup sugar and the lard on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg; beat to combine.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually beat flour mixture into sugar mixture on low speed. Beat in anise seeds. On medium speed, gradually add 2 teaspoons water or more to form a ball. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; chill 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F with a rack in center. Combine cinnamon and remaining 3/4 cup sugar in a small bowl (or you can use premixed cinnamon sugar that comes in a bottle from the grocery store’s spice aisle).
  4. On a floured surface, roll the dough into 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough into moons, stars, or shapes you like with a 2″ cutter; lightly sift cinnamon sugar over each shape. Please on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes. Cookies should be set but not brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining batches.