New Mexican Anise Cookies

New Mexican anise cookies (bizcochitos)

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
276 Calories
19g Fat
27g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 276
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 186mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 58mg 4%
*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.)

In Santa Fe, every household makes anise-flavored cookies called ​bizcochitos around Christmastime. Delicately, crumbly, and flavored with anise seed and cinnamon, the treats are delicious with a mug of hot chocolate.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients and preheat oven to 350 F.

    New Mexican Anise Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe Ingredients
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  2. In a stand mixer or a bowl with a hand mixer, cream together the shortening and 3/4 cup of the sugar until smooth.

  3. Add the eggs and anise seed and mix well.

    New Mexican Anise Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to shortening mixture.

    New Mexican Anise Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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  5. Add enough water until dough clumps together, about 1/4 cup.

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  6. Turn the dough out onto an unfloured surface and roll it to a thickness of about 1/8 inch.

  7. Use a pizza cutter or a knife to cut the dough into diamond shapes. You can also cut out using a cookie cutter.

    New Mexican Anise Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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  8. In a small shallow bowl, combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.

  9. Dip the top of each bizcochito into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place on an ungreased sheet pan.

  10. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden. Do not overcook; you want them to be a little soft.

  11. If desired, sprinkle hot cookies with additional cinnamon sugar before transferring to a baking rack to cool.

    New Mexican Anise Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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  12. Serve and enjoy!

    New Mexican Anise Cookies (Bizcochitos) Recipe
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