My honey is from New Mexico and I am from California. His all time favorite cookies are Bizcochitos. Prior to meeting him, I had never heard of a Bizcochito.
When we were engaged and he was stationed in Germany he asked me to make him a batch and send them to him. His comment to me upon receipt was “They don’t taste like my mom’s.” Now I love my mother-in-law, but I love her even more for one reason, when I told her this story she scolded him and told him to not EVER say that to me again!
For Christmas 3 years ago she gave us a dozen Bizcochitos and her recipe. Thank Heaven!
My hubby, mom and dad loved these cookies.
1 lb. – Lard
1 cup – Sugar
2 – Eggs
1 tsp. – Anise Seed
6 cups – Flour
3 tsp – Baking Powder
1/2 tsp – Salt
2 or 3 oz – water
1/2 cup sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon
Food color – I added some red food color to make them slightly pink for Valentine’s Day
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream sugar and lard until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and anise and mix well.
Sift together baking powder, salt and flour.
Add to egg mixture, a little at a time and kneed until well mixed.
Add enough water to hold mixture together (I added the food color to the water).
Roll out onto floured board to 1/2 inch thick and cut into desired shapes.
Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mix.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
My honey now has yummy treats to eat during his long days at work!
Depending on the shapes you decide to make, this recipe can make up to 6 dozen cookies.
I hope you enjoy them as much as my honey will!
P.S. These are a budget recipe too! I only spent $3.00, because with the exception of the lard and anise seed, I already had ALL the ingredients! WOOT!
I am going to have to try making these some day soon when I have time!!! They look delicious and pretty Melissa!!