Biscochitos are a traditional Southwestern treat, typically spiced with anise and cinnamon. Beautiful, festive and packed with flavor, they feature a butter cookie base that is crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. This particular variety adds orange and pistachio for extra zing and crunch.
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon anise seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shelled, roasted and salted pistachios, chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/3 cup raw sugar*
1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon orange extract
2 teaspoons orange zest
Colored sugar, for decoration
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, anise seeds, cinnamon, salt and
pistachios; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars with an electric mixer until
light and fluffy.
Add egg, extracts and zest; mix to combine.
Gradually add flour mixture; mixing well.
Divide dough in two pieces and place each piece on large sheet of plastic wrap.
Flatten into 1/2-inch thick discs, wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to roll
out, about 30 to 45 minutes.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Roll dough out until 1/4-inch thick and cut into desired shapes.
Place cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets.
Decorate with colored sugars, if desired.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until golden and crisp.
Cool cookies on pan for 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove to wire rack to cool completely.
Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.
* Demerara and Turbinado are two common types of raw sugar.