Biscochitos are a traditional New Mexican holiday cookie; a subtly porky confection made from lard, with anise seeds and brandy or rum. In December, biscochitos comprise maybe thirty percent of the diet of the average New Mexican. It is considered bad form to go to a social gathering or leave one without having brought your own batch and sampled that of your friends and coworkers.
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Peanut butter cookies are a big hit in my circle of friends during the holidays. Photograph by Allison Hemler. Just in time for this year's round of holiday parties, Gourmet dug around in their archives to find their favorite cookies from 1941 until now. All of the recipes are unchanged from their original publication, though many from the early years include slight changes or explanations. The holiday season is the perfect time to overindulge and test out as many of these as possible. It's time to break out the KitchenAid mixer! Though I'd probably eat every cookie listed (except those with alcohol—I'm a purist), these are my personal favorites: 1955: Biscotti Di Regina 1972: Dutch Caramel Cashew Cookies 1989:...