All purpose flour Baking powder Salt Anise seed crushed Orange zest Sugar Lard Egg Vanilla extract Brandy sweet wine, rum, or orange juice (optional)


Sift together your all-purpose flour, baking powder, and teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Add in crushed anise seeds and orange zest.

Make the flour mixture


In another large bowl, beat together lard and another cup of sugar using an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Whip the lard


Add one large egg and vanilla extract to the lard mixture, then continue to mix until well combined. Using an electric mixer, slowly add in the flour mixture to the lard mixture.

Make the dough


Take the chilled dough and cut it into 3 equal-sized balls. Take one dough ball at a time, knead until smooth. Cut out cookies, using a 2 ½ inch circle cutter.

Cut the cookie dough


Place cookies on lined baking sheet and bake until golden. While they are on the baking sheet, sprinkle them with some cinnamon and sugar on top. Place on cookie rack until completely cooled.

Bake and add the toppings


Traditional Biscochitos use lard and taste better because of it, but you can substitute vegetable shortening if you can’t find lard.


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