Christmas Cookies Inspired by Every U.S. State
Can't make it home this Christmas? Bake up some nostalgia with our collection of cookies inspired by every U.S. state! We've rounded up festive cookies from every state in the Union - whether they're a local specialty, a copycat from a local bakery, submitted by a local home cook, or pay homage to famous state ingredients. If you're wishing you were home or just want to show some state pride, get inspired with our United States of Christmas Cookies list!
Alabama: Southern Pecan Pie Bars
Our editors in Birmingham agreed these bar cookies were the perfect pick for Alabama. Recipe submitter Smart Cookie -- an Alabama native herself -- explains that thanks to "Golden Eagle syrup, an Alabama specialty...this dessert is as Southern as they come"
Alaska: Wilderness Place Lodge Cookies
Travel to The Last Frontier for what may be the perfect kitchen-sink cookie. As recipe contributor Kim Brittain explains, "These cookies were created by the owners of Wilderness Place Lodge, in Lake Creek, Alaska. The owners are very good friends of mine, and the culinary creations at this fishing lodge are out of this world!"
Arizona: Mexican Wedding Cookies
If Arizona had a state cookie, it might just be this. Called Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Snowballs, and more, these delicate cookies are covered in powdered sugar to evoke scenes of a white Christmas whether it's snowing outside or not!
Arkansas: Grandma's Old Fashioned Tea Cakes
Let these cookies bring back childhood memories just like they did for reviewer Jackie: "This recipe took me back to when I was a little girl growing up in Forrest City, Arkansas. Ms. Lucy (a grandma figure) used to baby sit me and she made tea cakes that looked and tasted JUST LIKE these!"
California: Venice High School Cherry Butter Cookies
California Christmas dreamin' starts with these cookies. Submitter bakinfool explains their history: "I made these cookies waaay back when in Home Economics class at Venice High School in L.A., California. With a shortbread texture blended with walnuts and cherries, these are certainly unforgettable. I usually bake them around Christmas, but they are super any time of year."
Colorado: High Altitude Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you're from the Mile High City or anywhere else in The Centennial State, you're no stranger to high altitude baking. Enjoy these cookies wherever you find yourself over the holidays, at sea level or above. To adapt for regular altitude, increase baking powder to 2 teaspoons, and reduce flour to 3 1/4 cups.
Connecticut: Nutmeg Refrigerator Cookies
Still a Nutmegger at heart? Pledge allegiance to "The Nutmeg State" with these delicious cookies, guaranteed to make the house smell like Christmas!
Florida: Beth's Orange Cookies
Is Beth from Florida? We're not sure, but we do know that Florida oranges would take these top-rated citrusy cookies to the next level!
Georgia: Pecan Sandies
Allrecipes editor and Georgia native Melanie Fincher immediately thought of pecan sandies when asked to come up with a cookie for her state. Using Georgia pecans isn't necessary, but definitely recommended!
Hawaii: Hawaiian Macadamia Coconut Squares
Home to the largest macadamia nut ranch in the world, it would be hard to come up with a cookie candidate for Hawaii that didn't feature them. A glorious bar cookie that features hints of coffee and cinnamon alongside tropical coconut, you'll be singing Mele Kalikimaka in no time.
Idaho: Potato Flake Cookies
When we think of Idaho, we think of spuds. These cookies are made with just six ingredients, one of them being instant potato flakes. Super easy to make and a unique homage to The Gem State!
Illinois: Nauvoo Gingerbread Cookies
As recipe submitter Michael Wynkoop describes, this recipe makes "a delicious gingerbread cookie from historic Nauvoo, Illinois. These used to be made by Mormon pioneers in the 1840s." Made with lard and molasses, these aren't your run-of-the-mill gingerbread cookies!
Indiana: Special K Cookies
Several reviewers have fond memories of these cookies from their days at IU: "Very Good. I remember these from when I went to Indiana University in Bloomington and would get them at the Student Union between classes."
Iowa: Amish Cookies
Allrecipes home cook Alice Hoff shared the recipe for these cookies, which she says are commonly made by Amish communities living in Iowa. Make these cookies extra special with this tip from a reviewer: "I made this recipe for Christmas and everyone just loved the cookies. I also put a homemade frosting on top of them and they were even better."
Kansas: French Cookies (Belgi Galettes)
Kentucky: Derby Day Chocolate Chip Cookies
Just as good on Christmas Day as they are on Derby Day! These classic chocolate chip cookies are embellished with -- you guessed it -- Kentucky bourbon. Leave these out for Santa and let Rudolph take the lead!
Louisiana: Citrus Shortbread Cookies
This cookie recipe passes the test of Allrecipes community member Donna from Louisiana. As she explains, "This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law, one of the best cooks I know...and given that we're from south Louisiana, that's saying something. "
Maine: World's Best Maine Whoopie Pies
Legend has it that the first whoopie pies were sold in 1925 by Labadie's Bakery in Lewiston, Maine. Santa will surely shout "Whoopie!" when you leave out a plate of these!
Maryland: Dad's Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe contributor kedend shares fond memories surrounding these cookies: "A delightful childhood memory of buying cookies after school for a penny a piece is what I envision when someone says Dad's Cookies. They were baked on Winters Lane in Catonsville, Md. during my childhood days and then on Pratt St. in Baltimore before being bought by a New York company."
Massachusetts: Joe Froggers
Hailing from Marblehead, Massachusetts, and created by Lucretia Brown at a tavern owned by her husband Joseph Brown, these oversized molasses cookies first became popular in the 18th century. Reminiscent of gingerbread, they're perfect for your Christmas cookie jar.
Michigan: Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Recipe author Pat B. created these cookies after a visit to the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan. Studded with dried cherries and chunks of chocolate, these cookies are sure to appeal to your Michigander taste buds!
Minnesota: Minnesota's Favorite Cookie
If you haven't had Minnesota's Favorite Cookie, are you even from Minnesota? Joking aside, one look at this recipe and we can see why Minnesotans declare it their favorite!
Mississippi: Mississippi Tea Cakes
Passed down through generations, recipe submitter prissycat shares why these cookies are so special: "Basic, simple, down-home and delicious! My grandmother's advice is to enjoy warm with a big glass of ice-cold milk!"
Missouri: Ollie Bean's Coconut Bar Cookies
Another favorite from Grandma's recipe box, but this time she's in Missouri! As recipe contributor Ashley S explains, "This recipe for coconut bar cookies is amazingly delicious and handed down from my great great grandmother, born and raised in Missouri. Every generation loves these!"
Montana: Buffalo Chip Cookies
If you're from Big Sky Country, you'll appreciate both the name and size of these cookies!
Nebraska: Potato Chip Cookies
Take a trip down Cornhusker memory lane with Juanita, who shared the recipe for this "popular cookie at the Omaha Nebraska Parks and Recreation Department thirty to forty years ago." Make them festive for the holidays with some red and green sugar or sprinkles, or try drizzling the cooled cookies with melted chocolate!
Nevada: Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies
New Hampshire: Festive Shortbread
The no-frills, three-ingredient shortbread cookie is a favorite in New Hampshire and using festive cookie cutters and decorations means it's easy to turn these cookies into a Christmastime treat.
New Jersey: Ricotta Cookies
Taking a cue from cannoli, arguably New Jersey's favorite dessert, we think these ricotta cookies are a perfect addition to your Christmas cookie plate!
New Mexico: Biscochitos Traditional Cookies
The Biscochito "is New Mexico's traditional cookie. A great thick sugar cookie that is dusted with cinnamon-sugar. The traditional shape is fleur-de-lis, but use your favorite cookie cutters if you like." Stars or any other Christmas-inspired shape would work well for these aromatic cut-out cookies.
New York: Black and White Cookies
North Carolina: Carolina Delights
Home to over 1,400 peanut farms, feel transported to the Tar Heel State with these easy, no-bake Carolina Delights. This recipe makes a big batch, perfect for spreading some Carolina cheer!
North Dakota: Monster Cookies
Ohio: Buckeye Balls
Ohio's famous buckeye balls make a perfect addition to your Christmas cookie platter, even if they are technically in candy territory. Legend has it that a woman named Gail Tabor first made buckeyes by accident one Christmastime in the 1960s.
Oklahoma: Soft Molasses Cookies
Oregon: Oma Kiener's Hazelnut Christmas Cookies
Over 99% of the country's hazelnuts are grown in Oregon's Willamette Valley. When thinking of the holidays in Oregon, these festive Christmas cookies made with ground hazelnuts definitely filbert the bill.
Springerle were made popular by German emigrants to Pennsylvania, where they also made intricate springerle molds out of hand-carved wood. Even if you don't have a mold, these cookies are still a treat!
Rhode Island: Hermits
Rhode Islanders aren't the only New Englanders who enjoy hermits, but they're still sure to remind you of home. Leave these out for Santa with a tall glass of coffee milk on the side!
South Carolina: Benne Wafers
Benne wafers are delicate, crispy sesame seed cookies originating in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Their lacy, crisp texture makes them a nice change from other Christmas cookies.
South Dakota: Dream Bars
Dreaming of the holidays in the Mount Rushmore State? As recipe author SUNNINGALE explains, "This is an old time South Dakota recipe."
Tennessee: Chocolate Chip Cookies with Tennessee Whiskey
A shot of Tennessee whiskey makes these chocolate chip cookies extra festive for the holidays!
Texas: Texas Pralines
Old fashioned Texas pralines are a Christmastime must. Texan reviewer Tammy gives this recipe the state's seal of approval: "This recipe came out very well for me. It reminds me of a local treat here in Austin Lammes 'Texas Chewie' Praline except it's a little lighter in color."
Utah: Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting
Attempt to recrate Utah's famous Swig frosted sugar cookies with this top-rated recipe. Use just a touch of red food coloring in the frosting to get that characteristic Swig pink hue!
Vermont: Maple Cookies
Use real Vermont maple syrup in this cookie recipe, which gets loads of maple flavor from a whole cup of liquid gold.
Virginia: Aunt Bert's Fruitcake Cookies
As recipe submitter the4taals explains: "Uncle Lucky and Aunt Bert's fruitcake cookies are a Virginian Christmas tradition. The cookies will soften and the flavor will mature when stored. The longer the cookies sit, the more the flavor will develop."
Washington: Apple Pie Cookies
Washington apples shine in these delicious apple pie cookies. Made with cream cheese, a warm apple filling, and dusted with cinnamon sugar, we won't tell if you eat these for Christmas breakfast alongside your favorite Seattle brew.
West Virginia: Soft Apple Butter Delights
Home to the Apple Butter Festival, if you're from West Virgina it's likely you'll have some homemade apple butter on hand leftover from fall. These soft cookies are spiced with nutmeg and studded with walnuts, making the house smell like Christmas.
Wisconsin: Norwegian Krumkake
Wyoming: Cowboy Cookies
Cowboy cookies are a Wyoming favorite year round, and Christmastime is no exception. Put a festive twist on these kitchen-sink cookies by adding red and green colored candies to the mix.
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