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New Mexico Biscochitos

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Did you know that New Mexico is the first state to have a state cookie? Yep, the official state cookie of New Mexico is the Biscochito cookie! It’s actually an easy recipe that uses basic ingredients – making it super simple to make! Check out how to make this New Mexico Biscochitos recipe!

Pile of Biscochitos cookies on a white plate.

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These shortbread cookies can be made for special celebrations or for anything that you want that cinnamon sugar flavor. I tend to make them during Christmas time because I love the taste during the holiday season.

If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy these Mexican Shortbread Cookies as well. The more cookie recipes, the better!

  • It’s fun to make an official cookie for the state of New Mexico
  • The cookie offers rich flavors that are addictively delicious
  • It’s the perfect cookie recipe to make for a traditional home-baked cookery
New Mexico Biscochitos cookies stacked on a small, white plate.
  • Unsalted sweet cream butter – Make sure that it’s softened prior to using.
  • Shortening – This is used to make a crumbly texture.
  • Sugar – For sweetness! Also used to make the cinnamon sugar topping.
  • Ground cinnamon – Adds warmth and flavor to this biscochito recipe.
  • Flour – If you’re worried about lumps in the flour, you can sift it.

Variations To Recipe

  • If you want to turn these sugar cookies into a different flavor, you can change up the mixture of cinnamon to sugar or even add star anise! (You’ll find that a lot of cookie recipes call for anise, so it’s up to you!)

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How To Make Homemade Biscochitos Traditional Cookies

  1. Step One: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using a standing mixer, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar until creamy and fluffy. Using a small bowl, whisk the flour and cinnamon until combined.
  2. Step Two: Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet until a dough forms.
  3. Step Three: Roll the dough to ¼ in thick and cut out circle-shaped cookies.
  4. Step Four: Place onto the cookie sheet and bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes or until you are able to pick up the cookie without burning your fingers.
  5. Step Five: Using a small bowl, whisk the sugar and cinnamon together.
  6. Step Six: Place a cookie into the cinnamon sugar mixture and coat the cookie. Place the cookies onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
Biscochitos sitting on a stack of white plates.

How to Store

Let the baked cookies cool completely, and then place cookies inside an airtight container. You can keep them stored at room temperature for 2-3 days.

If you want to freeze these later for special occasions, you can! Just add them to a freezer-safe bag and store them in the freezer. Eat within 1 month.

Recipe FAQs

What do Biscochitos taste like?

They’re a mixture of sugar and cinnamon – and anise if you add that ingredient in.

What is the state cookie of New Mexico?

You’re looking at the recipe! It was announced officially in 1989 by the New Mexico legislature as the state cookie!

How do I know when the cookie is done baking?

Pay attention to the tops and the edges of the cookies. They will start to turn a golden brown, indicating that they’re done and ready to be taken out of the oven.

They will harden up some after they’re taken out of the oven. Let them cool on a wired rack to firm up all the way!

Closeup of New Mexico Biscochitos cookies.

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Biscochitos cookies stacked on a white plate.
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New Mexico Biscochitos recipe


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
You're going to love making this New Mexico Biscochitos recipe! It's the perfect way to make the state cookie of New Mexico.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup (227 g) unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • cup (102 ½ g) shortening lard
  • ¾ cup (150 g) sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons crushed anise seed (optional)
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups (250 g) flour

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F (177 °C) degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper
  • Using a standing mixer, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar until creamy and fluffy
    1 cup unsalted sweet cream butter,1¼ cup shortening,¾ cup sugar
  • Using a small bowl, whisk the flour and cinnamon until combined
    2-3 teaspoons crushed anise seed,1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet until a dough forms
    3 cups flour,1 cup sugar,1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • Roll the dough to ¼ in thick and cut out circle shaped cookies
  • Place onto the cookie sheet and bake for 15 -18 minutes or until lightly golden brown
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes or until you are able to pick up the cookie without burning your fingers
  • Using a small bowl, whisk the sugar and cinnamon together
  • Place a cookie into the cinnamon sugar mixture and coat the cookie
  • Place the cookies onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely

Nutrition Information

Calories: 277kcal (14%) Carbohydrates: 27g (9%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 19g (29%) Saturated Fat: 8g (50%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 20mg (7%) Sodium: 2mg Potassium: 25mg (1%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 15g (17%) Vitamin A: 239IU (5%) Vitamin C: 0.1mg Vitamin D: 0.1µg (1%) Calcium: 13mg (1%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I never knew states had official cookies! New Mexico is lucky to have this delicious recipe! I’m now off to see what state cookie is mine!

  2. Hi 👋 it’s my first time trying Biscochitos and it was so delicious! Thanks for your tips to help me nail this recipe

  3. 5 stars
    Whipped up a batch of these for an afternoon snack, and they do not disappoint! So easy and delicious; exactly what I needed to cure my sweet tooth!

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