Food - Drink
What Are Bizcochitos, New Mexico's State Cookie?
BY ERICA MARTINEZ
Only two of America's fifty states have official state cookies: Massachusetts, which claims the chocolate chip cookie, and New Mexico, which established the bizcochito as their state cookie in 1989. The ingredients in bizcochitos are truly unique, creating a confection that is light, delicate, and savory-sweet.
Bizcochitos (or biscochitos) likely came from Spain in the 16th century, and the original cookies were not meant to be sweet treats, but a long-lasting source of food. Over time, the cookies ere influenced by both Mexican and Native American cultures and became modern bizcochitos, which are baked by the dozen during holidays.
Bizcochitos are made from a basic dough of flour, sugar, baking powder, and eggs, but what sets them apart is the addition of anise, lard, and sweet white wine, brandy, or rum, which creates a soft, flaky, unforgettable cookie. They can be made in many shapes, and are often sprinkled with cinnamon sugar before baking.