The New Mexico legislature is one of those rare governmental entities that has its act together, passing law that truly benefits the people of the state.
I come to this conclusion based on the discovery that New Mexico has an official state cookie. It’s called the biscochito, a shortbread-like cookie with anise in the dough and cinnamon and sugar on top. Several states have state foods and Maine even has an official state treat – the Whoopie Pie (I’m sure there’s a good story waiting to be told there) – but very few states have an official cookie.
I learned all of this on a visit to the Golden Crown Panaderia in Albuquerque, NM. The place is a destination in itself and has been featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network.
The Golden Crown Bakery in Albuquerque
The Golden Crown has been around since the early 1970s and is known for its Green Chili Bread, New Mexico Wedding Cookies and fruit-filled empanadas. And of course, the biscochitos here are legendary.
Owner Pratt Morales and his son, Chris, have expanded on the official state cookie to include a chocolate and cappuccino version. I liked the one made from blue corn flour.
The best thing about a visit to the Golden Crown is that every child gets a free cookie – and no matter what your age today, you qualify as a child. It’s that special neighborhood feel and great customer service that keeps generations of children coming back to this Old Town location.