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Fresh batch of Biscochitos, Albuquerque NM.jpg
A fresh batch of bizcochitos
Alternative names Biscochito
Type Cookie
Place of origin Santa Fe de Nuevo México
Region or state New Mexico
Main ingredients Butter or pork lard,[1] anise, cinnamon, flour
Cookbook: Bizcochito  Media: Bizcochito

Bizcochito or biscochito is a crisp lard- or butter-based cookie, flavored with cinnamon[2] and anise.[3] The name is a Spanish diminutive form of bizcocho. It is a variation on the traditional Mexican wedding cookie.

The cookie was developed by residents of New Mexico[4] over the centuries from the first Spanish colonists[5] of what was then known as Santa Fe de Nuevo México. The recipe for making the cookie has been greatly influenced not only by local and indigenous customs but also by recipes brought to New Mexico by immigrants from other Hispanic countries.

Bizcochitos are served during special celebrations, such as wedding receptions, baptisms, and religious holidays (especially during the Christmas season).[2][6] It is commonly served along with hot chocolate.[6] The cookie is seldom known outside the boundaries of the original Spanish province, although Spanish speakers may recognize the association with bizcocho, from the name, and may have some idea of what they must be, even if they have not encountered them before.[citation needed]

State cookie[edit]

In 1989, the U.S. State of New Mexico made the biscochito its official state cookie.[6][3] This act made New Mexico the first U.S. state to have an official state cookie.[3][7] It was chosen to help maintain traditional home-baked cookery.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hudgens, T. (2011). The Commonsense Kitchen: 500 Recipes + Lessons for a Hand-Crafted Life. Chronicle Books LLC. p. 542. ISBN 978-1-4521-0033-3. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Cobos, R. (2003). A Dictionary of New Mexico and Southern Colorado Spanish: Revised and Expanded Edition. Museum of New Mexico Press. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-89013-537-2. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "State Symbols". Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "NewMaxico, Biscochitos Recipe". Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Eisenstadt, P.; Belshaw, J. (2012). A Woman in Both Houses: My Career in New Mexico Politics. University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 978-0-8263-5025-1. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Brown, W.; Cogan, J. (2014). United Cakes of America: Recipes Celebrating Every State. ABRAMS. p. 305. ISBN 978-1-61312-795-7. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ Smith, A.F. (2007). The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. Oxford Companions. Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-530796-2. Retrieved January 26, 2015.