Orange Biscochitos


These yummy cookies are from Mexico and the American Southwest, and are a favorite Christmas and holiday treat. Cinnamon-sugar and cute cut-outs ensure these treats will be a hit.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 38 mins
60 cookies


  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon anise seeds, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ¼ cup butter-flavored shortening

  • 1 egg

  • 3 tablespoon brandy or milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a food processor or blender combine the 3/4 cup sugar and the lemon peel. Cover and pulse with on/off turns until mixture is sandy and fragrant; set aside. In a medium bowl stir together the flour, crushed anise seeds, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening and sugar-lemon mixture with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until light and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Add egg, brandy, and vanilla. Beat until combined. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour mixture. Divide dough in half.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. On a lightly floured surface roll half the dough at a time until 1/4 inch thick. Using 2 1/2-inch moon and star-shaped cookie cutters, cut out dough. Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet. In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle over cookies. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

74 Calories
4g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 9mg 0%
Folate, total 12.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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