A Cookie with a History
The biscochito is a crisp, lard or butter-based cookie, flavored with cinnamon and anise. It is a variation of the traditional Mexican wedding cookie. The Spanish conquistadors and colonists brought both recipes to the new world. The name is based on the diminutive form of the word bizcocho (biscuit).
Few people have heard of biscochitos (aka Bizcochito) outside of New Mexico. This regional treat is traditionally served during celebrations, especially, Christmas. It has been the official state cookie of New Mexico since 1989, when New Mexico became the first state to choose a state cookie.
The original recipe arrived in New Mexico with the Spanish colonists that settled the Rio Grande valley around Española and Santa Fe. It evolved over the centuries, influenced by local and indigenous culinary traditions, and successive family matriarchs applying their ‘spin.’ (History and recipe from NewMexicoNomad.com)