Are you a true New Mexican? Put yourself to the test by making the New Mexico state cookie, the bizcochito.
Bizcochitos are cookies with origins in the Spanish colony of Santa Fe de Nuevo México flavored with anise and cinnamon. Traditionally, the cookies are cut into the shape of crescent moons and stars. They can be seen made for holidays and events such as weddings, and it is often served alongside a cup of hot chocolate.
Developed centuries ago, the bizcochito was brought to New Mexico by Spanish colonists and by immigrants from other Hispanic countries. It was also greatly influenced by local and Indigenous customs.
To start on your New Mexican baking adventure, set your oven to 350 degrees.
Using a Kitchen Aid mixer, begin by putting 1.5 pounds of lard, 2 eggs, 3 teaspoons of liquid anise and 2 cups of sugar into the bowl and mixing it until it becomes a grainy liquid.
Next, mix the seasonings into the dough mixture: 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 3 teaspoons of cinnamon and a pinch of salt. After these ingredients are mixed together, add 6 cups of flour half a cup at a time.
While the dough is still mixing, stir together a dry mixture of 2 cups of sugar and a couple of tablespoons of cinnamon in a separate bowl. You will use this cinnamon-sugar mixture later.