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Bizcochitos: A Christmas Cookie

Updated on November 30, 2012

Mexican cookie to make your mouth water.

A bizcochito is a Mexican cookie that is very similar to a shortbread cookie... with brandy! It is tailored according to customs and tastes brought from Hispanic cultures. I have only known this to be a Christmas cookie, but it goes well with any special occasion. This lens will not only explain how to make bizcochitos, it will add a little entertainment to the mix. Have fun and enjoy.

The Ingredents - Nothing is Optional

6 cups Sifted Flour (This means 6 cups of sifted flour NOT to sift 6 cups of flour)

3 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Salt

1 pound lard or butter

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoon anise seed

2 eggs

1/4 cup Brandy (or more)

1/4 cup Sugar (This is part of the sprinkled topping)

1 tablespoon Cinnamon (This is the other part of the sprinkled topping)

Starting Off - With a Little Warmth

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Pour 1/4 cup of Brandy into a glass and set aside. Get another glass and fill partially with Brandy. Take a nice drink.

Sift flour with baking powder and salt. This step can be confusing. Sift flour until you have 6 cups then add the salt and baking powder. You can sift again if you like (preferred). Set aside.

Moving On - With Anticipation for All That is Yummy!

Take another nice warm drink.

Cream shortening with sugar and anise seed using an electric mixer until nice and smooth.

Try not to lick the beaters. But if you really must taste it at this point, turn off the mixer first. I will tell you now, it doesn't taste yummy yet. Be Patient.

Set shortening mixture aside for a brief moment.

Beat eggs until nice and fluffy. Add eggs to shortening mixture and blend well. (Yes, you do have to do this separate. Do NOT add eggs to the mixture until they are beat or the cookies will not turn out right.)

By this point, you should have a gooey mess in your mixer and are probably singing to yourself. This is exactly how it should be.

Continuing - To the Heart of the Bottle... errr.. I Mean Matter

Pour another glass of Brandy and take another nice long drink.

Add flour mixture and Brandy to the mix and blend well. This may seem like a never ending process. Add the flour in slowly. Talk to the mixture and tell it that everything will be fine. That it will be happy if it just combines.

Talking to the dough helps. Be wary if the dough talks back. If it does, put down the glass.

Add enough Brandy to form a stiff ball. Pour any extra Brandy into your mouth.

Knead dough a little bit and roll out flat. About 1/4 inch works well. Don't worry if the dough is uneven in height. It just shows that you made it by hand and not from the local bakery. (Do they even sell Bizcochitos in the local bakery?)

Use cookie cutters of your choice to make shapes in the dough. Re-roll the dough for more cookies. Repeat until there is not enough dough left or until you can tell what you are doing.

Finishing Up - And Enjoying

Pour another glass to drink.

Sprinkle (or dust) the top of each cookie with the cinnamon sugar mixture. I use a salt shaker filled with the cinnamon sugar mix to sprinkle.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned. This is the perfect time to have another drink.

Remove cookies from sheet immediately so the bottoms do not burn.

Resist eating one until they have cooled down. Have another drink if you must. DON'T FORGET TO TURN OFF THE OVEN!

Shaping Up for the Presentation

Here are some cookie cutters from Amazon. Or some rolling pins. Oh yeah, I need to get more cookie cutters, I need more shapes.

Hope you enjoyed this lens and turned out some really good cookies. Let me know how you did and what you think.

After Sleeping It Off - Have a Taste

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      LOL! Sounds like you had fun making these cookies. I hope drinking the brandy didn't get you drunk :P

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      kayla_harris 4 years ago

      These cookies make my mouth water!

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      LadyCharlie 4 years ago

      I have made these cookies for several parties and there is never any left over. I used Cinnamon Whiskey once instead of Brandy and they were delicious. Great Lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      Mool-Manoj-Khatri 4 years ago

      Now I'll definitely ask my mom to cook Christmas Cookies at home. :-)

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      Freestuffer LM 4 years ago

      Hmm..looks so yummy!

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @motobidia: You could. But I like this way better :-D

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      motobidia 4 years ago

      Yummy! Alternatively, you can eat a commercially available cookie from your nearest convenience store and wash it down with a glass of fine Cognac... :-)

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I use brandy in my cookies too, even chocolate chip cookies. Thanks for a new recipe. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Valrie Mullins 4 years ago from Pensacola, FL

      These look scrumptious! I will definitely add to my christmas cookie collection. The lens was very helpful and the photos topped everything off quite nicely. Congrats on LOTD

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      I want to try these cookies. Congratulations on your LotD.

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      montanatravel52 4 years ago

      Your "detailed instructions" make these look so fun to make:) Can't wait to try, gotta get my Brandy 1st, though - congrats on LOTD

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      Link69 4 years ago

      *w*

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      LauraGraig 4 years ago

      A mouth-watering recipe! Congrats on LOTD

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Looks good, delicious and tasty. I should try them.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Looks good and easy i will try it this Christmas.

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      MichaelDubrovnik 4 years ago

      This lens shows a lot of works you've done to share the goodness. Appreciate that ;)

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      Earnlat 4 years ago

      Sounds tasty and fun!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Thanks for the directions on how to make Bizcochitos: A Christmas Cookie, itâs delightful!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Look good to me, so I'll try!. Blessings!

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      Amystuwart 4 years ago

      These cookies look great, can't wait to have a go at them in my kitchen

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      cleanyoucar 4 years ago

      This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Awesome, just the way I like to bake cookies. Blessings**

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      attitudeforlife1 4 years ago

      @Ravyn LM: Es muy verdad Ravyn. Mi novio es de Tijuana pero habla Ingles muy bien so I still don't get a lot of practice until I visit with his mom! :)

      Gonna have to make a batch of these and see what he thinks. His mom has taught me many genuine Mexican recipes that he likes me to fix.

      Great lens!

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      neoglitch17 4 years ago

      @Ravyn LM: Ohh ya veo... gracias por la clarificación. En efecto, yo inmediatamente relacioné bizcocho=biscuit. Also, it's never too late to learn Spanish on your own! :D

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @neoglitch17: Estos son mas galleta de bizcocho. They are a shortbread cookie. The name can throw someone off in making them think that it is a little biscuit. Either way, it is absolutely yummy and mi abela used to make them all the time. )I just wish she would have taught me how to speak Spanish as well.)

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      neoglitch17 4 years ago

      I just wanted to say... me gustan mucho los bizcochitos!! :D Aunque me parece que estas son es galletas. Que yo recuerde los bizcochos son pastelitos, no galletas!

      Thanks for sharing this recipe, and congratz for the lens of the day and purple star! :D

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      This looks delicious. I bet the Brandy adds the perfect touch.

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      Erick V 4 years ago

      Wow! Thanks for this Lens. You gave me many ideas, as I am new with only one Lens ..... so far! Again, nice job!

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I love shortbread so must give this a go! Congrats on LOTD!

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @Mary Stephenson: I have so much fun with cooking and baking it can be a wonder that anything even gets made.

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      RGrieco 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD and these looky yummy will have to try them, think I made something similar to these when I was at school, so will have to try and see if they taste the same.

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      reginaaj2gerica 4 years ago

      Great Lens! The pics make you want to bake some cookies!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD. How funny! Cooking with you sounds like a lot fun! I am afraid if I that much brandy I would forget what I was doing or maybe the darn cookies would never make it to the oven. Especially if the cookie dough tasted good. Or if it got to the oven, I would end up forgetting about them and they would be burned!

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      JoanyPerez 4 years ago

      Awesome, like the pictures!

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      Sean Gagne 4 years ago from Tampa Bay Area

      I really enjoyed this lens! Grats on LotD! Now its time to bust out that bottle of brandy and get to work!

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @jnstewart: And that is just from reading it. Be careful if you decide to make it.

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @tvyps: They are not a sweet cookie. They are wonderful with a cup of coffee.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Mouthwatering. They don't look too sugar laden, I may try some!

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      adminghb 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this recipe, I think the cookies is delicious! But I love the brandy separately, in a glass :-) Congratulations on LOTD!

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      tennineeight1 4 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD! A mouth-watering recipe!

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Thanks - it all looks so good. I gained 2 lbs in 10 minutes....:)

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. I have never tried. Bizcochitos. Sounds good though.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      These look so good. I like forward to making them. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Sounds like a tasty and fun cookie to make!

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      Tobint44 LM 4 years ago

      Going to have to try these!

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      I am feeling dizzy already.. :P

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great recipe! I like the way you drink... I mean think. Congratulations on lens of the day.

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      Yum!

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      hackforuberstrike 4 years ago

      wow.. you had me at "Pour 1/4 cup of Brandy into a glass". Im so trying this over the weekend

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fun lens and it looks like a fun recipe. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      These are very popular in New Mexico, esp. at Christmas. Your recipe looks great! A delicious treat after some Green Chile Stew.

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      Oh man, these cookies sound and look delicious. Thanks for sharing exactly how to make them and congrats on LOTD. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a great lens! I've never heard of these cookies, but I'll have to give them a try.

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      Tom 4 years ago

      Those look great, I'll have to try to make them. Congrats on LotD!

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Very interesting and entertaining lens. Are you sure the name of the sugar cookie isn't called; Brandycochitos? After adding one for the recipe and one for the cook that is what I would probably be calling them. One good thing; you are not drinking alone! :-)))

      Anyway, in all seriousness; Congratulations on LOTD. Thanks for sharing this yummy cookie recipe.

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      flash167 lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe! Can't wait to try it.

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @treehousebrando1: I didn't think to add that! I do you the oven to help heat the house after baking. Guess it is second nature for me.

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      Angelina 4 years ago from California

      great recipe I had never heard of it

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      treehousebrando1 4 years ago

      The time for Christmas cookies is almost here! It's almost strange eating them any other time of the year. I'm glad you put in a reminder to turn off the oven. Another similar tip if you live in a colder area is to keep the oven door open a little when your done. This lets the heat from the oven warm up your house. Might as well use the heat since you paid for it!

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @SteveKaye: I will be in line with you for that operating system!

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @LaPikas: I have heard of zucchini cake. It is one that I have yet to make though I make zucchini cookies every year.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Hungry now! Congrats on lotd. ;)

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @aquarian_insight: Nothing like hangover coffee and cookies to make the morning better.

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      shawnhi77 lm 4 years ago

      Now this is a recipe that even I maybe able to make.

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: For the most part, that is how I cook. I eyeball everything.

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @GardenIdeasHub LM: I have found that they are very popular in New Mexico. Outside of that, they are rare to be heard of.

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @aka-rms: Thank you SO much! I was confused at first and then it sunk in a bit. I am so happy that everyone is enjoying this lens.

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @KandH: Not driving anywhere and make them after the kids have gone to bed. Thank you!

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @DebMartin: I think that may be the best part! :-D

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @miaponzo: You can replace the alcohol with distilled water. It is there to help the ball form without crumbling and the Brandy is for a little flavor but is not completely necessary.

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @delia-delia: Thank you very much! I hope your cookies turn out yummy.

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      citroencommander 4 years ago

      yummy, you made me hungry :)

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @missmary1960: My husband and I make springle every year. Those are a cookie in his family tradition.

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      Ravyn LM 4 years ago

      @LesleyC LM: Some people like to replace the Brandy with white wine. I think 2 bottles is enough to cover both the cookies and you.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Aha! This is my kind of baking! :) Amazing lens.

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      LesleyC LM 4 years ago

      Wow... interesting recipe... possible to replace brandy with another liquer? thanks for sharing!

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      missmary1960 4 years ago

      Congrats on your lens of the day! My family has a German Christmas cookie tradition that we follow every year and we will be doing it next weekend :)

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love these cookies, my favorite taste...now maybe I can make them from this well done recipe. Thanks for sharing...Nice lens!

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      This looks so amazing.. but the recipe for us here in Kuwait is without the brandy :) Blessed!

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Yummy. I love the addition of a little brandy for the cook. ;-)

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      These Bizochitos cookies sound wonderful! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      KandH 4 years ago

      Sounds like we won't be driving anywhere after making these cookies ;) Nice lens - Blessed!

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      I like this kind of Christmas cookies; making almost the same here in Belgium; congrats on the LOTD

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for you recipe. The cookies look very tasty.

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      SQuidMonster 4 years ago

      Very intresting lens would try this one day .............................

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      SQuidMonster 4 years ago

      Very intresting lens would try this one day .............................

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      jadapotata 4 years ago

      Congrats on lens of the day! Can't wait to try this recipe!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      The recipe sounds and looks wonderful - and so much more interesting than it would have if you would have left out that extra brandy! Congratulations on your fun and seasonal Lens of the Day!

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      candy47 4 years ago

      I've never heard of bizcochitos but they sound yummy and the recipe seems easy enough. Congratulations on Lens of the Day!!

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      LiliLove 4 years ago

      Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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      casquid 4 years ago

      How funny and delicious looking! I loved this lens!!

      Angel Blessings all day long.

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      Robin S 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations, this lens was selected as Lens of the Day today and is being featured at SquidooHQ. You can see it here: http://hq.squidoo.com/lotd/lens-of-the-day-bizcoch...

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      pinoyrecipe 4 years ago

      i really enjoy reading this lens, plus i love those pictures

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      These sound lovely! Thanks so much for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel, and congrats on LotD!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      These cookies sound really yummy! I think I just found a new recipe - thanks!! :>)

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

      I love Bizcochitos! They are very popular here in Albuquerque New Mexico and during the holidays we can count on getting some of these delicious treats. I have never made them before but your lens gives great directions so I think I will try.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I like the poring two glasses of Brandy bit. It reminds me of the Galloping Gourmet Graham Kerr who would always pour himself a glass of wine whenever the recipe called for it as an ingredient. He never measured it he would just pour direct from the bottle into whatever he was preparing.

      I have tried his technique and the meals are definitely improved, or at least you think they are! LOL. Congratulations on LOTD I will have to try these at Christmas or the first opportunity.

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      CeyhunDonmez 4 years ago

      Congrats on being LOTD

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      They look delicious! We make a similar variation of this. Cute Lens! :)