Old Fashioned Ogden Eats: Bisqusitos


Leo and Eginia on their wedding day.

Leo and Eginia Archuleta have lived in Utah since 1950, where they fell in love with the mountains and a nice home in Clinton. Before moving to Utah, they lived in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. It was in Colorado that Leo and Eginia met, over paper – as pen pals. “He wrote me and I accepted to meet him,” Eginia simply recalled.

Hill Air Force Base brought the Archuleta’s to Utah, where Leo was a maintenance worker on missiles. Eginia worked part-time at the IRS for 25 years, but her main focus was being a mother.


Leo and Eginia, 2015.

Like many families, the kitchen was the center of their home. Eginia stayed busy cooking for her family of 5 children. She regularly made beans and green chili for dinner, but on special occasions she made sure to include the bisqusitos cookies. “A family gathering isn’t complete without them,” says daughter-in-law Michelle Archuleta, about bisqusitos.

To live closer to their children and to live a simpler life, Leo and Eginia are now residents of Ogden at the Legacy House of Ogden assisted living home. The Archuleta family continues a legacy of good food and large family gatherings, where bisqusitos are always shared.




The Archuleta family, 2015.

The Archuleta’s Bisqusitos

1 ½ c sugar
3 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ tblsp. Anise
1 lb. lard
6 c flour
6 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
½ c milk OR Brandy

Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, then mix all together. Roll the batter out and cut with a cup into 15-20 cookies. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes.


*Recipe makes 15-20

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