So my sister is going to celebrate a significant birthday soon, and, being back east, she wants biscochitos. Lots of biscochitos. (Probably equal to her age biscochitos) But - and this is a big but - I want them made with lard (so they are flakey, like good pie crust - a former worker's wife made some that were pure heaven, but I can't locate him/her). So, I'm looking for a bakery (or could be an individual, if we could arrange it) that makes them no kidding with the Fat of the Gods. (This rules out Golden Crowne, no matter how much I luv their other stuff...)
There must be a biscochito connoisseur out there who knows the truth. Suggestions?
If you can't find any around town, I can give you my 83 year old mother's recipe...of course made with the Fat of Gods!
Celinas Biscochitos are what you're looking for. Celinasbiscochitos.com
Here is the recipe from Historic Cookery compiled by Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Gilbert, 1931. It's got exactly what you are looking for. Enjoy!
1 c. sugar 6 c. sifted flour
2 c. lard 3 t. baking powder
1 t. anise seed 1 t. salt
2 eggs 1/4 c. water
Cream lard with hand thoroughly; add sugar and anise seed. Beat eggs and add to lard mixture. Blend until light and fluffy. Sift flour with baking powder and salt and add to first mixture. Add water and knead until well mixed. Roll 1/2 inch thick and cut into fancy shapes. Roll top of each cookie in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon - 1 t. cinnamon to 1/2 c. sugar. Bake in a moderate oven unitl slightly brown.
I'm not 100% sure Golden Crown uses lard, but theirs are the best biscochitos I've found--flaky and sooo delicious!
Curious where you ended up getting your biscochitos!
So, I sent I'm sending her 4 dozen of Celina's finest, and two dozen (minus 2! - my sister turns 70) of New Mexico Cookie Companies finest. Celina's is a bit more flakey, since lard is advertised as the first ingredient and is not too sweet, and they're thin and cut with a traditional cutter - perfect for an afternoon bite. The other brand was a close second - and they sell a larger variety of flavors (like chocolate-chile-chocolate chip - mine). I got them from Sheila's Sweets - and I'll give a shout out to them - the shop has some of the best caramel going - I had their apple caramel cake and apple caramel pie - both delish! Nice owners and they also have breakfast and lunch - lots of different homemade soups.
I had called ABC Cakes, and they said they make theirs with lard also, but didn't have a chance to go there. And there ya go!