One of the Best Recipes for Anise Cookies
As well as anise, these Mexican cookies are fragranced with vanilla, sherry, and cinnamon, giving them a rich, warm spiciness. Anise cookies are popular in Mexico and this easy recipe means that you can make your own. This is an easy Mexican cookie recipe and you can shape the bizcochitos into any shape you want. Long cigar shapes are good, as are triangles, rounds, or even squares.
Serve them with a cup of champurrado or coffee for a late afternoon pick-me-up or after dinner with the coffee. These crumbly, tender cookies are really delicious and one is never enough! You can use these Mexican anise cookies to decorate a bowl of ice cream or mousse if you want. They are versatile and they keep for a few days in an airtight container if you do not use them all on the same day.
These light, flaky cookies are ideal for any occasion and you can also give them as gifts. Wrap them up in cellophane and tie some ribbon around the bag if you are looking for an economic yet great gift idea. If you enjoy Mexican desserts, you will appreciate the clever combination of flavors in these bizcochitos and so will anyone you serve them to. Bizcochitos are usually served cold but try them warm from the oven for an extra special treat.
The recipe is very easy to follow. As soon as you have gathered your ingredients you can cream the fat with the sugar, and keep beating them until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Either use an electric whisk or a wooden spoon if you do not mind the extra work. Then you can beat in the other ingredients and chill the mixture for a while before cutting and baking the cookies. You can see how simple this is to do and the flavor will make these so worthwhile. Kids and adults alike will love the flavor of these incredible treats.
- 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup softened unsalted butter
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon anise extract
- 1 ¼ cups white sugar
- ½ cup shortening
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons dry sherry
- Cream together the shortening, butter and 1 cup of the sugar until the mixture is fluffy and light.
- Beat in the vanilla, sherry, egg, and anise extract.
- Combine the baking powder, salt, and flour and add this to the shortening mixture.
- Beat well. Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap.
- Let the dough sit for an hour in the refrigerator until it is firm.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the rest of the sugar with the cinnamon.
- Roll out each dough half to ⅓ inch thickness on a floured board.
- Divide it into cigar shapes and make grooves in each one using a butter knife.
- Transfer the anise cookies to ungreased cookie sheets and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the top.
- Bake them until golden brown.
- This will take about 12 minutes.
- Cool them on wire racks.
These simple yet mouthwatering anise cookies are great if you enjoy Mexican flavors like vanilla and anise. They are dusted in cinnamon sugar to add to their authentic Mexican flavor and you can shape these any way you like. Cigar shapes like in the picture are good. The combination of anise, vanilla, sherry, and cinnamon used in this recipe for anise cookies gives them a delightful flavor and these go perfectly with any hot drink like hot chocolate or coffee. They are also great served with a liqueur after dinner.
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