Anise Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (Bizcochitos)

Anise and cinnamon sugar cookies (bizcochitos) Recipe

 The Spruce

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Chilling Time: 30 mins
Total: 90 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Yield: 4 dozen cookies
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
179 Calories
8g Fat
26g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 179
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 129mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 62mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Bizcochitos are delicate anise-flavored sugar cookies dipped in cinnamon sugar. The sweet anise-cinnamon combination is extremely aromatic. These unique cookies are made and served throughout New Mexico. Like so many traditional dishes, there are countless versions of bizcochitos—some claim lard is essential, others turn to butter to make these cookies crisp and flavorful. Whole wheat pastry flour gives this version a deeper flavor while keeping the texture nice and light, though all-purpose flour works just fine, too.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, or lard

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons aniseed

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons brandy, or tequila, optional

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients and preheat an oven to 300 F.

    Anise and Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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  2. Generously grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.

    Anise and Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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  3. Cream the butter or lard and 3/4 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.

    Anise and Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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  4. Crush the aniseeds in a mortar and pestle or use the back of a small, but heavy frying pan.

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  5. Add the crushed aniseed, egg, and brandy to the creamed mixture and combine thoroughly.

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  6. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine—avoid overworking the dough once you've added the dry ingredients to keep the cookies nice and tender.

    Anise and Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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  7. Divide the dough in half and pat each half into a 1-inch thick disk.

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  8. Wrap the two disks of dough in plastic and chill them for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.

    Anise and Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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  9. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining cup of sugar with the cinnamon. Set this mixture near a clean work surface where you will roll out the cookie dough.

    Anise and Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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  10. Working with one disk of dough at a time, use plenty of flour to roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thick.

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  11. Use cookie cutters or a sharp paring knife to cut the rolled out dough into shapes.

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  12. Dip each resulting cookie in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and put the cookies on the prepared baking sheet.

    Anise and Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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  13. Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes.

    Anise and Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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  14. Transfer them to a rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough.

    Anise and Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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  15. Serve and enjoy! Store the bizcochitos in tins for up to a week.

    Anise and Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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