These are assorted recipes that I have tucked into the back of my 1979 edition of Betty Crocker's Cookbook. This is the same edition (but not the same book; she still has hers) that my mother got when she got married. Many of our family's favorite recipes are at least based on ones in this edition of Betty Crocker. For recipes from elsewhere, most often from other family members, my mom does have a recipe box of them. Every time I want to make one of them for the first time, I call or email my mom and have her send it to me. I print them out or write them down and tuck them into my Betty Crocker cookbook. I'm also pretty shameless about asking other people for recipes. Really, I don't think my personal collection is too shabby, especially when you consider that I've only been living on my own with a reasonable kitchen for about a year and a half (I've been living on my own longer than that, but the dorm kitchen wasn't reasonable, so we won't speak of it further).
And now for the recipe to share. This one isn't actually one of my mom's: it's only in her collection because I added it years ago. I originally got the recipe in a high school Spanish class, but I've modified it substantially since then. Without further ado, I give you:
Bizcochitos (Mexican sugar cookies)
1/2 cup apple juice
1 tbsp. anise
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup butter
1 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
4-5 cups flour
Preheat oven to 400.
Combine apple juice, salt, and cinnamon, and set aside.
Cream butter, shortening, and sugar together.
Add flour and knead.
Add water mixture and knead until well mixed.
Roll dough out to 1/16" to 1/8" thick on a lightly floured board.
Cut with Christmas cookie cutters or biscuit cutter.
Roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture (I put my mixture in a pie plate and then treat the cookies like they’re French toast and the mixture is the eggs)
Place on cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes in oven until golden brown.
Makes about four dozen.
This post's fiber content: paper (which is, I realize, stretching the rules)