These delicious cookies are thick and sugary with a consistency rather like shortbread. They are traditionally made in a fleur-de-lis shape but you can make them any shape you like. The biscochitos recipe originated in Spain and these cookies were introduced to Mexico by the Spanish.
They are very popular and often served as an accompaniment to wine. The traditional biscochitos recipe calls for lard rather than shortening but you can use whichever you prefer. Biscochitos are eaten over the holidays and on special occasions but they make a great sweet snack at any time.
Different types of cookies suit different occasions, so while you might fancy some rich chocolate cookies one day, or something made with peanut butter, another day you might be more in the mood for something more simple, which is where these biscochitos would be ideal, because they will give you something to crunch, something to enjoy with a cup of coffee or glass of milk, and something to satisfy your sugar craving.
Biscochitos might be very simple but they have a nice appeal all of their own, and a lot of people would name them as one of their favorite cookie recipes because of that. Cookies do not always have to be very elaborate, frosted with hard frosting, or contain a lot of ingredients, nor do you always have to add chocolate, cocoa, raisins, or other ingredients to add flavor. Although those can also be very nice, keeping it plainer is sometimes better if you are looking for a simple result.
These cookies are going to taste delicious no matter what shape you cut them into. This is a recipe which is suitable for amateur home cooks because there is not a lot which can go wrong if you follow the step by step directions and cook them at the right temperature for the right amount of time. So why not make these? You will find them easy and the results are great.
- 6 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup shortening
- ½ cup white wine
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon aniseed extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine the butter, sugar and shortening well.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend well.
- Roll the dough out on a floured board until it is ¼ or ½ inch thick.
- Cut it into whatever shapes you like.
- Place the cookies on baking sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the Mexican cookies are golden brown.
- You can garnish them if you like with sprinkles or anything else you fancy.
You can see the simple appeal of these cookies in the picture, and you can see how star shaped ones offer a professional look. These charming cookies are popular in Mexico. They are soft and crumbly. In Mexico and Spain biscochitos are often served with wine, but you might prefer to serve them with a cappuccino or your favorite style of coffee. A couple of these with a glass of milk before bedtime would make the kids very happy indeed. You can either make these plain like in the picture, or add some frosting or sprinkles if you wish to jazz them up a little.
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