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New Mexico’s Official State Cookie
Bizcochito Cookies are a favorite southwestern Christmas treat. Depending on where you look, it may be referred to as the bizcochito, biscochito or biscocho. These shortbread cookie flavored with a spice called anise and topped with cinnamon sugar. The earliest versions of the Bizcochito cookies were not sweet. They were hard biscuits that softened when dunked in coffee or tea. These cookies are served during special celebrations, such as wedding receptions, baptisms, and religious holidays (especially during the Christmas season).
History: Bizcochitos (bees-ko-CHEE-toh), as they are called in Northern New Mexico or Biscochos, as called in Southern New Mexico, have a long tradition in New Mexico, formerly known as Mexico. These cooking were originally introduced to Mexico by Spanish explorers in the 16th Century. In Spain these cookies are called Mantecados or Mantecosos, meaning buttery.
The bizcochito was declared New Mexico’s official State Cookie with House Bill 406 in 1989. The battle over the state cookie was not about adopting it but how to spell it. Several lawmakers got on the House floor to press for the “s” or “z”. Eventually the Senate returned it as “bizcochito”. The act made New Mexico the first state to have an official state cookie.
Bizcochito Cookie recipe and photos are courtesy of Cynthia Detterick-Pineda of Andrews, TX.
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