Living in New Mexico, we have many, many traditional foods. The holidays are filled with so many delicious dishes to enjoy!!! An important ingredient in many of our dishes is Green Chile. The aroma of roasting Green Chile fills the air here in the Fall. Mmmm!!! So many people I know that have moved away from New Mexico always tell me how much they miss the foods that you can only find here. :) So I wanted to share a favorite traditional New Mexican cookie we love to make at our house for Christmas. Biscochitos are the official New Mexico State Cookie. I love them! I haven't had a chance to bake any yet this year, as my MIL has been in the hospital but, I just know you'll love these if you decide to give them at try. :)
(A New Mexican Shortbread Cookie)
6 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 pound of LARD not shortening (VERY IMPORTANT no substitutions)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. ANISE SEED (this is what makes these SO GOOD!)
1/2 cup of sweet table wine or orange juice (I use orange juice)
*1/4 cup sugar
*1 tablespoon cinnamon
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream the lard with sugar and anise seed on medium speed. In a separate bowl. beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add beaten eggs to creamed mixture. Mix together well, adding wine to form a stiff-like dough, add more wine, if necessary.
Refrigerate dough overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove dough from refrigerator and let stand for a while, until dough is soft enough to roll. Divide dough in quarters and roll to about 1/16 to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until bottom of cookie is golden brown. Remove from oven. In a bowl mix together sugar and cinnamon. Drop baked cookies into sugar and cinnamon mixture and set aside to cool.\