Biscochitos Recipe

Biscochitos Recipe
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These spicy cookies from New Mexico
are rich, crisp and very easy to make.
Biscochitos are the holiday cookie staple in New Mexico.
The Biscochito is New Mexico’s Official State Cookie
as declared by the New Mexico Legislature in 1989.
Biscochitos were first introduced to Mexico by
Spanish settlers who brought the recipe from Spain.
Stored in a tightly sealed container,
they can be frozen up to six months.


  • 1 1/2 c butter crisco
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp cardamon
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 TBSP brandy
  • 2 tsp cinnamon + 3 TBSP sugar to dip cookies in before baking


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2

Beat Crisco and 1 cup sugar in a bowl until fluffy. Add eggs and cardamon; beat until very light and fluffy.

Step 3

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture along with the brandy.

Step 4

Mix thoroughly to make a stiff dough.

Step 5

Wrap dough in waxed paper and refrigerate about 30 minutes.

I made these cookies for my Daniel’s birthday.

I thought he’d love them with his strong, black coffee

that’s his and his Granny’s favorite!

  The delicious ingredients…

I love these adorable silicone measuring bowls
from Wilton that sweet man brought home for me!
Flowers…jewelry…chocolate…bakeware…I’m easy!  🙂

Cream the butter and sugar and add the eggs….

The spices are next…

And the brandy…

Add the flour…

Salt and baking powder…

Turn the dough out on wax paper and press into a rectangle…
Refrigerate at least 30 minutes…

Roll thin and use cutter of your choice…
I am using a very small medicine glass
because of the design I want to make!

Dip the cutter into the cinnamon and sugar every time…

I have a spool in my baking box that I use for these cookies!
I dip it into the cinnamon and sugar…

And press lightly to make the design…

They lift up pretty easy by placing a thin spatula under them…

Dip them in the sugar and cinnamon…

Place them on your baking sheet…

Bake 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees until slightly brown…

Look how pretty!  You can even see the spices!

All packed up for my Daniel and ready to go!

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