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Munch on New Mexico's state cookie: bizcochitos
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Munch on New Mexico's state cookie

A state with its own cookie? That’s right. After trying bizcochitos from Albuquerque’s Golden Crown Panaderia, you’ll understand why. Flaky like shortbread, scented with anise, and coated with cinnamon, this cookie was declared New Mexico’s state cookie by the 1989 legislature. It’s thought to have traveled from Spain to Mexico (and by extension New Mexico) centuries ago. Traditionally it’s served with wine, but we think it’s best with a cup of rich hot chocolate or a good old cup of joe. If you can’t get to the Golden Crown Panaderia, you can have the cookies shipped to you—they’re especially good for the holidays, which is when they’re typically served. Be sure to try their other flavors too, including cappuccino and chocolate.

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