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Feast Day Cookies

The Pueblo Indians make these for kiva parties, Kachina or Corn Dances, weddings, the pueblo's Saint's Day, and field parties for planting or harvesting crops.


  • 2/3 cup plus 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup lard or vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups unbleached flour, sifted
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon aniseed
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pinons (pignoli), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream 2/3 cup sugar and lard. Add egg and blend thoroughly. Stir in flour, baking powder, vanilla extract and aniseed, blending thoroughly. Gradually add milk until a stiff dough is formed. Mix in the pinon nuts.
  3. Roll dough out on a lightly floured board to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into 2-inch cookies with a cookie cutter. Sprinkle tops with mixture of the remaining sugar and cinnamon. Bake cookies on a well-greased baking sheet for about 15 minutes, or until golden.
  4. Cool on a rack.

Makes 2 dozen 2-inch cookies.

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