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Familia Montoya Bizcochitos

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"Traditional New Mexican Holiday Cookies"

Serves 5 Dozen | Prep Time 15 Minutes | Cook Time 10 Minutes each batch

Why I Love This Recipe

Bizcochitos are New Mexico’s official state cookie.

They have simple yet rich flavors – cinnamon, sugar and anise – that melt in your mouth. These cookies are essential part of the Holidays. I have the most vivid memories of driving with my mom to mis abuelos (my grandparents) house and walking in the front door and being bathed in the glorious smell of these cookies. For me, these bizcochitos are not only a representation of the holidays but of my culture and heritage. Simply stated, they represent home!

Submitted by: "Roberto Montoya"

Ingredients You'll Need

6 Cups Sifted Flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons anise seed
2 eggs
1/4 cup brandy (or more!)
1/4 cup sugar (for dusting)
1 tablespoon cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Sift flour with baking powder and salt.

2. Cream shortening with sugar and anise seed using electric mixer on medium speed.

3. Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add to the creamed shortening mixture.

4. Add flour mixture and brandy and mix until well blended. Use only enough brandy to form a stiff dough (feel free to drink any left over).

5. Knead slightly and pat or roll to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and cut in fancy shapes. Dust top of each cookie in a mixture of 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. (Note: The fleur de lis shape is traditional)

6. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

7. Enjoy the taste of a New Mexican Holiday treat!!

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