Total TimePrep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
- 1/4 teaspoon anise extract
- 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup maraschino cherries, well drained and finely chopped
- 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, cherry juice and extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in cranberries and cherries.
- Divide dough in half; shape each into a disk. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. star-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake 7-9 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and immediately dust with confectioners' sugar. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
- Freeze option: Freeze cookies, layered between waxed paper, in freezer containers. To use, thaw before serving or, if desired, reheat on a baking sheet in a preheated 350° oven until warmed.
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Jun 28, 2018
These turned out terrible. The dough was so mushy, it was difficult to roll. And impossible to cut out! I think the dough should have been refrigerated after shaping into two discs, as many recipes call for. That might have worked. I was able to make maybe 3 dozen cookies as is. And they weren't very good. Total fail.
May 28, 2018
As a 6th generation Okie, this is so embarrassing. This is NOT in any shape or form Biscochitos. I've been living in Albuquerque for 4 years. I've had Biscochitos. I've made Biscochitos. This little chemistry experiment should not be called a recipe.... except a recipe for disaster. You should be ashamed. The stars are there by accident. I wasn't able to erase them.
Feb 1, 2018
THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE WORST COOKIE I have ever made. Rolling these cookies is no easy accomplishment .The dough sticks to everything. NEEDED TO WASH ROLLING TO REMOVE STUCK ON DOUGH SEVERAL TIMES. sTILL, i THOUGHT IF THETY TASTE GOOD, BUT ALAS THEY ARE BLANDEST COOKIES. WILL NEVER MAKE AGAIN
Dec 10, 2017
Oh Boy! What a treat! I love these and I am sure the people I give them will love them. These are a new Christmas tradition.
Jan 20, 2017
my famely very happy with this recipe.thank you very much!
Dec 15, 2015
I'm giving this four stars mainly because it came nowhere close to making 11 dozen cookies. That's part of why I decided to make this recipe, because I love to give away most of them. I realize that part of why I was short was that I was probably not rolling them quite thin enough.....but even still I ended up with about 3 dozen of the star shaped cookies and about eight small ( pretty small) hand shaped rounds because it wasn't enough to roll out at that point.The cookies were very tasty, and they went really fast. I did make two changes to the recipe though. 1) I substituted almond extract for the anise because I quite dislike anise and anything licorice smelling and tasting. 2) I substituted about 3/4 cup dried cranberries for the fresh/frozen (cause apparently frozen cranberries just aren't a thing here on the west coast. =/ ), and I plumped them for about 15 min in hot cranberry juice.TLDR; Yummy cookies, but yield is much less than stated.