These delicious cookies are thick and sugary with a consistency rather like shortbread. They are traditionally made in a fleur-de-lis shape but you can make them any shape you like. The biscochitos recipe originated in Spain and these cookies were introduced to Mexico by the Spanish.They are very popular and often served as an accompaniment to wine. The traditional biscochitos recipe calls for lard rather than shortening but you can use whichever you prefer. Biscochitos are eaten over the holidays and on special occasions but they make a great sweet snack at any time.
- Shortening 1 cup
- Margarine 1 cup
- White Sugar ½ cups
- Eggs 2
- Anise Extract 1 teaspoon
- Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon
- All-Purpose Flour 6 cups
- Salt 1 teaspoon
- Wine ½ cup
- Baking Powder 3 teaspoon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Mix together shortening, margarine and sugar with a mixture until well blended. Mix in the rest of the ingredients until smooth.
- Roll out on a floured board to 1/2 or 1/4 inch thickness.
- Cut into desired shapes and place on baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, about 10 – 12 minutes. Garnish as desired or leave plain.
Biscochitos were introduced to Mexico by Spanish conquistadores in the sixteenth century. Mexican wedding cookies and Polvorones are other names for these tasty little treats. These cookies are enjoyed during such festive celebrations as weddings, christenings, and religious holidays. They are popular at Christmas too. The first Mexican Christmas on record was in 1538, when a Franciscan monk called Fray Pedro de Gante invited the Mexicans to celebrate the festivities with him.
Because biscochitos were the original Mexican wedding cookie, they were cut into diamond shapes, as diamonds signified purity for weddings. Tradition has it that if you open a package of biscochitos and one is broken, that is the one that must be eaten first. When making a biscochitos recipe, the cookies can be cut into any shape but are often cut into the fleur-de-lis shape to represent their European heritage.