Friday, December 17, 2010

Bizcochitos

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I tested a new recipe and it's a keeper. I love anise and I think they go very well with a hot cup of tea!

Bizcochitos (biz-co-chee-toes)

1 cup white granulated sugar
1 & 1/4 cup butter
1 large or extra large egg
1 & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 cup brandy
3 teaspoons whole anise seed
3 cups all purpose flour - King Arthur is my favorite
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

For topping:

1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup white granulated sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Cream together in a large mixing bowl: 1 cup white sugar, butter, egg, vanilla and brandy. Cream until mixture is light and fluffy.

3. Mix in the anise seeds.

4. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

5. Add the flour mixture to the creamed sugar/butter mixture.

6. Dust a work surface or wooden board with flour. Divide the dough into three pieces. Roll the first piece to 1/4" thick.

7. Cut the dough into desired shapes, using a cookie cutter.

8. Place the cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

9. Mix the sugar and the cinnamon together. Sprinkle the mixture over the cookies on the tray.

10. Bake cookies for 9 to 10 minutes or until they are firm and just browning around the edges.

Recipe makes about 6 to 7 dozen 2" to 3" cookies.

Enjoy!