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Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Makes3 dozen cookies

Cooking MethodBaking

CostModerate

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe CourseDessert

Dietary ConsiderationLactose-free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free

EquipmentBlender, Electric Mixer

Taste and TextureCrisp, Savory, Spiced, Sweet

Type of DishCookie, Dessert

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ pound lard (do not substitute)
  • 1 cup sugar, divided use
  • ½ teaspoon chopped anise seeds (chop in blender or chopper)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Frangelico, amaretto or brandy (may not need entire amount)
  • 1 tablespoon water (if needed)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (to mix with the ¼ cup sugar for topping)
  • Blender
  • Sifter
  • 1½-inch cookie cutter
  • Electric mixer
  • Baking sheet

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Combine the sifted flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

  3. Cream the lard with ¾ cup sugar in a separate medium bowl. Add anise seeds to the lard and beat at medium speed with an electric mixer. Add the egg to the lard and continue beating. Add the dry ingredients and just enough liqueur to make the batter stiff. If the batter does not stick together, add 1 tablespoon water.

  4. Knead slightly and pat into ¼ to ½ thickness. Cut into small shapes. I use a 1½-inch heart cookie cutter.

  5. Mix 2 teaspoons cinnamon with the ¼ cup sugar in a small bowl. Generously sprinkle the cookies with the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake approximately 9 minutes on an ungreased baking sheet.

Note

Baking powder goes flat fairly fast, so buy it in small tins.

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