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Biscochitos cookies are usually served at Christmas gatherings in New Mexico. Biscochitos are said to be native to New Mexico, where they are traditionally made with lard. Other names associated with biscochitos are names such as Polvorones or Mexican Wedding Cookies. In Spain they are called Mantecosos. As the “Original Mexican Wedding Cookie” these gourmet treats were cut in the diamond shape because the diamond signified purity for the wedding. They were then sprinkled with white powdered sugar so that everything would be white.
Traditionally Fleur-de-lis Cookie Cutters are used for the shape of the cookies, but you may use your favorite cookie cutters.
Do not be afraid of the anise in these cookies. The cinnamon sugar topping mellows the anise flavor. The combination of shortening and butter is a good substitute. These cookies are flaky and light, with an ultra-thin crisp crust.
History: The biscochito (bees-ko-CHEE-toh) was declared New Mexico’s official State Cookie with House Bill 406 in 1989. The battle over the state cookie was not about adopting it but how to spell it. Several lawmakers got on the House floor to press for the “s” or “z”. Eventually the Senate returned it as “bizcochito”.
Check out another Bizcochitos – Anise Seed Cookie recipe.
More of Linda’s favorite Cookie Recipes and Secrets To Making Perfect Cookies. Also learn How To Have A Successful Holiday Cookie Exchange or Cookie Swap.
Biscochito Cookie Recipe – Anise Seed Cookies: