The first time I ever heard of bizcochito was in a Food Network special that featured Santa Fe Biscochitos, a small company that sells the traditional cookie. Bizcochito is a thin, crisp cookie flavored with anise and cinnamon. Traditionally, they're served at special occasions, like weddings and christenings, or at religious holidays, like Christmas. They're very seldom known outside of New Mexico and it's a damn shame because these are some good cookies.
This was the first time I had worked with anise seed. I have used star anise in the past to flavor things like mulled wine, but never the actual seeds. I must say the seeds themselves are quite deceptive. You must grind the seeds first and then sift them to remove the hulls. For every tablespoon of anise seed you probably get about a teaspoon of actual ground anise. Allow me to give you a visual:
This is what you get: