About this recipe:This biscuit is the traditional biscuit of New Mexico in the US. It's quite a simple but flavourful biscuit that is traditionally cut as a fleur-de-lis, but use your favourite biscuit cutters or simply a glass!
750g plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
300g caster sugar
2 teaspoons anise seed
4 tablespoons brandy
4 tablespoons caster sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:10min › Ready in:40min
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the lard and 300g sugar until smooth. Mix in the anise seed, and beat until fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time. Add the sifted ingredients and brandy, and stir until well blended.
On a floured surface, roll the dough out to about a 5mm thickness, and cut into desired shapes using cutters. The traditional is fleur-de-lis. Place biscuits onto baking trays. Mix together the 4 tablespoons of sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the tops of the biscuits.
Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bottoms are lightly browned.