Practically everyone’s grandmother made biscochitos – if you have roots in New Mexico, that is. The crispy, crumbly cookies, with anise and cinnamon flavorings, are the state cookie after all – though that pronouncement was not official until 1989. The cookie’s beginnings are said to reach back to 16th-century Spain, where they were known as mantecosas. An authentic biscochito recipe is likely to be lard-based. Click here to see a basic recipe posted on the Inn of Governors website.
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