Biscochitos Santa Fe Anise Cookies

Makes: 3 to 3 1/2 dozen. Prep: 25 minutes. Bake: at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Biscochitos Santa Fe Anise Cookies
Yield: 3 to 3-1/2 dozen Prep 25 mins Bake 400°F 10 mins


  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed vegetable shortening or lard
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole anise seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cold water, more as needed
  • Cinnamon sugar

Make It

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.

3. Beat butter, shortening and sugar at low speed in a large bowl for 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Continue beating at medium-low speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in anise seeds and egg. At low speed, beat in flour mixture, then enough water to make stiff dough.

4. Roll one-half of dough at a time on lightly floured pastry surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into rounds and stars with floured 2- to 2-1/2-inch cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.

5. Bake in 400 degrees F oven until pale tan or for about 10 minutes. Lift cookies at once from baking sheets; coat both sides with cinnamon-sugar. Place coated cookies on wire racks and let cool to room temperature. Store in airtight containers.