The New Mexico state cookie, Biscochito, is remarkable – crunchy, somewhat sweet, and uses an unusual herb. 

This biscochito recipe reminds me of snickerdoodles, with a twist.

The biscochito (or bizcochito) is also simple to bake.

What makes the biscochito different from a typical sugar cookie is the adding of the herb anise, or aniseed, into the recipe. Apparently, anise is used to help upset stomachs and as an expectorant.

Biscochito is used during extraordinary festivals, wedding gatherings, and different occasions. These cookies are also common around the holiday too.

By following this simple biscochito recipe below, you can enjoy these cookies at your home.

Biscochito Recipe


Biscochito Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar AND 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons of anise seeds
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of apple juice (or milk)
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

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Biscochito Recipe Directions

Step One:

  • Beat the butter and 1 cup of sugar in a bowl until soft.
  • Add the eggs and anise seeds, then beat until exceptionally light and fluffy.
  • Filter together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add to the creamed blend alongside the milk.
  • Blend all together to make a firm dough.
  • Place the mixture on a long piece, around three feet, of waxed paper.
  • Bring the long end over the top and press to around one inch in thickness.
  • Refrigerate until cooled.

Step Two:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Roll the dough between waxed paper to simply under ½-inch thickness.
  • Cut with flour-dusted cookie cutters into 3-inch rounds.
  • Mix the 3 remaining tablespoons of sugar and the cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
  • Plunge the unbaked cookies into the sugar-cinnamon blend.
  • Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until tops of cookies are simply firm.
  • Cool cookies on wire racks.
  • Enjoy your delicious biscochito with coffee or tea.

To bake the most popular recipe on Christina All Day, butter cake just like you get at California Pizza Kitchen, click here.

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