I mentioned in my last post that I’m from New Mexico. I don’t think that there’s a time when that’s more apparent than Christmas time. New Mexicans have (IMO) the best Christmas Eve dinners…tamales, enchilada sauce, pisole, beans, and we top it off with my favorite Christmas cookie, Biscochitos! You can tell when it’s Christmas season in my home town when they have a whole aisle at Wal-Mart dedicated to lard…yep, these babies have a whole pound of lard in them. It makes them super flaky…they just melt in your mouth!!! Be warned…they’re addicting…and they have lard. Just wanted you to know what you’re getting yourself into.
This cookie is so popular in my home state, that they made it the “State Cookie” in 1989…the first State Cookie in the US, as a matter of fact. We like cookies in New Mexico…a lot.
I’ve also included these cute printables to make as gifts! Download HERE! And PS…My instructions in the pictures are wrong…they’re changed in the printables, but I was too lazy to go back and do all the pictures.
Here’s a pic I posted on instagram…it should help a little bit with the instructions.
Biscochitos Christmas Cookie Recipe
- 1 lb lard
- 5 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp anise extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 c wine
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 4-6 cups flour
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 Tbs. cinnamon
- Beat lard in a mixer until very creamy.
- Add sugar and beat until fluffy.
- Add other ingredients (except for cinnamon sugar mixture).
- Roll out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut with a 2" to 3" cookie cutter.
- Bake 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Let Cool then dip in a cinnamon sugar mixture.
This recipe makes A LOT of cookies (like 10 dozen) so get ready to share!