Christmas Cookie Contest – Bizcochitos Served with Hot Chocolate

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In 1989, Bizcochitos were made the official state cookie of NM. The cookie was developed by residents of New Mexico over the centuries from the first Spanish colonists of what was known as Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico.

Traditionally, the cookies are cut in stars, crescent moons or the fleur de lis. I had to do rounds because my cookie cutters are not here.

I make these cookies and other traditional dishes with my 100-year-old grandmother on every occasion. Her birthday is Christmas Eve and my whole family joins her for a feast and celebration. Truly blessed!

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~ Charli Ault


Bizcochitos Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups lard, chilled*
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons anise seeds
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • About 3 tablespoons brandy, apple juice, or milk*
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat lard and 1 cup sugar in a bowl until fluffy. Add eggs and anise seeds, and beat until very light and fluffy. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture along with the brandy.

Mix thoroughly to make a stiff dough. Place dough on a long piece, about three feet of waxed paper at one end. Bring the long end over the top and press to about one inch or slightly less in thickness and refrigerate until chilled.

Roll out dough between waxed paper to just under 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with flour dusted cutters into the traditional fleur de lis shape or into 3-inch rounds.

Combine the 3 remaining tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon in a shallow bowl; dip unbaked cookies into the sugar-cinnamon mixture on one side. Place cookies on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until tops of cookies are just firm. Cook cookies on wire racks.

*Notes: Butter or margarine can be substituted for the lard, however the cookies will not be as crisp and moist. Apple juice or milk can be substituted for the brandy, however they are not quite as good.


You can take part in the Christmas Cookie Contest too. Learn how here!

 

How To Participate

While you’re doing your annual baking of cookies this month, send us your favorite Christmas cookie recipe along with a photo of the finished cookie product and we will post your recipe to our website!

  • Email recipes to lillian@sweetwaternow.com.
    • Optional: Feel free to send in any additional photos of the baking process or of you making the cookies to include with your recipe. It’s all in the Christmas Cookie Spirit!
    • Optional: Include a little background information about your recipe or about your experience making the cookies to go along with the recipe, if you like.

As our Christmas gift to you, one lucky cookie recipe contestant will win a $25 gift card to the Outlaw Inn.

  • The winner will be announced Thursday, December 22. Winner will be randomly chosen.