Biscochitos – New Mexican Christmas Cookies

Easy To Make Christmas Cookies

When most people think of New Mexican food, they think of red and green chili, tamales and sopaipillas (often mis-spelled as sopapillas) One food many haven’t heard about is an amazing little traditional New Mexican Christmas cookie called the biscochito. The biscochito packs a punch of flavor that will tickle your taste buds just thinking of them. Growing up in New Mexico, we longed for these little Christmas treats almost as much as kids long for the yearly visit from Santa.  Anise is the secret to making these cookies so scrumptious as it adds just a hint of black liquorish flavor. Even if you aren’t a black liquorish fan, you will love these cookies as the anise mixes so eloquently with the lightly sweetened shortbread style cookie. I promise these cookies will be a hit! I have been packaging biscochitos as Christmas gifts for years and those who have receive cherish them like gold.

As a special treat, I invited a couple of guests, The Little Cooks, to help me demonstrate the baking process in the video below.

Biscochito Recipe

Cream Together
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup Crisco
1 cup Butter

Add To Cream Mixture
3 tsp Anise (crushed)
2 eggs
1/4 c brandy + 1 tbs
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix Dry Ingredients & Add To Cream Mixture
6 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes

Let Cool, Frost and Decorate! (w/ pecans, almonds, sprinkles)


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Pine Nuts, Pinon – The Find and The Roast

You have probably eaten pine nuts at some point in your life. Many restaurants sprinkle them on salads and some dishes have them added in for flavor. The flavor is super nice but most people don’t realize the elusive process involved in finding and picking the nuts. If you have ever priced pine nuts in a store, you know they aren’t cheap which places a high value on a great harvest! Growing up in New Mexico, we learned all about pine nuts or as we call them piñon. I made a video to show the picking and roasting process we New Mexicans get so excited about!

Easy To Make Flautas and Taquitos

Easy To Make Recipes

To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, I decided to demonstrate an easy to make flautas and taquitos recipe. During the years I spent in Texas, I discovered these delicious treats. Flautas have become my husband’s favorite meal and taquitos are always a big hit at gatherings with friends and family. One will normally find both on the menus at Mexican restaurants but I find most folks stick to the basic tacos, burritos and enchiladas. Hopefully, this easy to make recipe will encourage you to give them a try and join the celebration this month!