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Pati Jinich

Rosquitas de Anis
Makes about 24

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
1 tsp anise seeds
4 oz, or 1/2 cup butter, cut into chunks
4 oz, or 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup warm water
Confectioners’ sugar, optional

Mix the all purpose flour, baking powder, salt and anise seeds in a large mixing bowl. Toss in the butter chunks and the vegetable shortening in spoonfuls. Begin to mix it with your hands, until the butter and vegetable shortening are mixed in with the rest of the ingredients.

Add the sugar, egg yolks and warm water, working everything together with your hands. In less than a minute, the dough should be soft and malleable enough to be turned into a ball. Don’t knead it more than necessary, as soon as it all comes together in a homogeneous mass it is good enough.

Butter a large cookie sheet. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

One by one, make cookie balls with the palms of your hands, of about 1 1/2″. Then roll it out either with your hands or on a lightly floured surface, into a short rope form, of about 3 to 4″ long and less than 1″ wide. Twist the rope a bit and close the two ends making a loop. It is very easy! Like a doughnut shape!

Place the finished rosquitas on a buttered cookie sheet until you have finished the dough. Place them in the oven anywhere from 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked and lightly browned on top. Remove them from the oven, let them cool, and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.


I loved all your recipes today on PBS. And especially all the information on the Mexican Revolution,which I did not know about because there is not much said about it in the American History books. But was so pleased to finally hear it. And it helps me pinpoint where my Ancestors might have been so I can locate them. Thank you so much, Rosa Munoz-Trevino I will try all those recipes soon.

Hola Rosa,
I love hearing that you liked those parts!! They are the most fun… Hope you like the recipes!

My Aunt Catita used to make a similar cookie for us at Christmas. She would not use anise, she would add cinnamon and raisins. Sometimes she would make them with almonds or pecans, serving them hot and drizzle honey over them. We loved them. They had the same shape, but this is a very versatile cookie recipe and you can create a new cookie every time just by adding different ingredients. Thanks Ms. Jinich!

Oh I agree!! One can refashion it in a thousand ways!! Love the idea of hone drizzled on top :)

First time watching this show and I love it! I am 12 hours away from my family (im a student at humboldt state university) and I am glad I have found a show to help me cope with home sickness! I miss this type of food

Hello Cynthia! I am so happy I can help relieve your home sickness!! I often get clouds of home sickness appear on my sky too… Good luck in School :)

Saw you for the first time 4/23 and loved it. Best recipes for the Mexico I remember.

Hi Pati, enjoyed your Mexican Revolution recipes very much, however I didn’t write down the one with the pork meat and chili ancho recipe. It is not on your web site. Please could you print it out for me on you site or email it to me.
thank you and keep the recipes coming. Lori Zuniga

Hi Lori,
You can find my recipe for Pork Chilorio Burritas here:

Hola Pati, I saw your show for the first time today and I really liked it. Keep those recipes coming.
Rosie Diaz

Ever since I saw Pati on my local CPTV I wanted to make these cookies and today I finally did. Am I glad I did! They are absolutely wonderful and taste like somthing my grandmother would have made. I only have one criticism: they are addictive!

Hola Josephine, It warms my heart that the cookies bring to mind your grandmother’s baking! What a wonderful treat for me. I hope you continue to enjoy them.

I don’t miss any of your episodes and if I do, I always catch them again at 11pm. My teenage girls enjoy and love the way you explain each recipe. Thanks Padilla Family

Thank you so much the Padilla Family! What a treat for me to think that you enjoy the show together with your girls. I will keep trying to provide new and exciting recipes for you to try :) Happy cooking!

I also enjoyed the music and wondered who sings and your web site lists the song for Dame!! I really like it. Sooooo thank you !

Hi Linda, Did you see the link where you can purchase the theme song? Here it is just in case you want it: I’m so happy you like it!

Hola Pati, I watched your program for the vey first time. I especially liked how you incorporated the recipes to the history of Mexico. I was hooked and will look forward to future programs, I found your story about the history of the nachos and how it originated. Muchimias gracias! A new viewer from Northern New Mexico!

Thank you Florencia!

Pati! First time watching your show, I watched you most of the day along with Rick Bayliss, what a great day. Thank you for the anise ropes, you must be psychic, I have been having an anise cookie on my mind for a month now, am trying the recipe today.
Thanks! Nancy

Hi Pati!!! Vivi from California I love your show cant wait to get your cookbook. I really want to make these cookies but I don’t have anise seeds i do however have anise extract can I substitute if so how much do I use. My dad is from Oaxaca, moms from Jalisco & hubby’s from Mex. D.F so your recipes please all my families taste buds!! Thanks!!!!

Hola Vivi, Of course, you can substitute anise extract. I would use 1/2 teaspoon. So nice to hear your family is enjoying my recipes!

Dear Pati, Love your program!!! “you eat with your eyes first” so please include a picture of the recipe on the part you can print. Thanking you in advance Alicia Martin

Thank you, Alicia!! I’ll look into changing the layout to include the photos.

can;t find the recipe for polvorones. thanks

are these crispy or soft and chewy?

Hi Pati,

Just seen your show yesterday and you were making the anise ropes. Can’t wait to try them. Does it matter if you use regular or butter flavor shortening? I would guess you’d have a more buttery taste with the butter flavor one???
Your so sweet and I love how passionate you are with family and food. That makes an excellent cook :)

God bless you and your family, Debbie

Hola Debbie, I recommend the regular flavored shortening. I hope you enjoy them!!

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