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A New Phoenix Cookie Bakery Provides a Taste of Old New Mexico

Tapia uses a unique family recipe to make biscochos, the New Mexico state cookie.
Tapia uses a unique family recipe to make biscochos, the New Mexico state cookie. Gilbert Tapia
Cookie Brokers, a bakery that opened on Grand Avenue on March 17, makes some unique versions of its namesake sweet. But one cookie in particular is on another level. It's a southwestern favorite that comes from an old family recipe.

Meet the Tapia family's take on the Biscocho, the state cookie of New Mexico.

Biscocho cookies are created by tossing the base cookie in cinnamon and sugar. Owner Gilbert Tapia includes a dash of Amaretto in the dough for depth of flavor. The dough is then molded to look like flowers. "It is so good, we believe it is our duty to share it with everyone," Tapia says.

Tapia makes all of his cookies and bars at the Cookie Brokers location on Grand Avenue. In addition to baking cookies, the store also plays an important role within the community. "We donate 100 percent of each T-shirt sold to PICK," Tapia says. PICK is a non-profit organization that benefits inner-city children.

Biscochos aren't the only unique family recipe at Cookie Brokers. A lemon cookie is made using a secret, light-and-fluffy base with lemon icing on top. For those who prefer more conventional cookies, the bakery also offers peanut butter, M&M, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate chip.
click to enlarge Cookie Brokers is now open on Grand Avenue in Phoenix. - GILBERT TAPIA
Cookie Brokers is now open on Grand Avenue in Phoenix.
Gilbert Tapia

Tapia also makes bars using a cookie base. Creations such as Magic Bars are made with a graham-cracker-cookie crust, coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and walnuts. A S'mores Bar consists of marshmallow cream, graham crackers, and chocolate.

If you opt for a bar or an oatmeal raisin cookie, be sure to walk out with a few Biscochos for later.

Cookie Brokers. 1325 Grand Avenue, #1; 602-651-1352.
Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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