You won't believe what people are baking up across the country.
Picking a favorite Christmas cookie seems like a nearly impossible task, we know But somehow, every state in the U.S. has managed to show an allegiance to a specific type of holiday sweet. Some remain loyal to classic chocolate chip or festively decorated sugar cookies, while others are baking up varieties we've never even heard of. Find out what your state's favorite is below.
Inspired to get baking? Check out our favorite holiday cookie recipes, then make sure you've got all the equipment you need: the best cookie sheets, the most popular stand mixers, and more.
Traeger's Bakery in Demopolis, AL, made turtleback cookies famous within the state. They're crisp on the outside and soft on the inside with plenty of warm spices and a cinnamon or caramel glaze, giving them a shell-like topping.
Get the recipe from The Yule Log 365.
Wildnerness Place Lodge in Lake Creek, AK, is said to be responsible for the popularity of these oatmeal cookies, baked with tons of chewy goodness, including chocolate chips, coconut, raisins and walnuts.
Get the recipe from Alaska From Scratch.
These white, powdery confections have many names, including Russian tea cakes and snowball cookies, but in Arizona they're most often called Mexican wedding cookies, made with butter, powdered sugar, flour and chopped nuts.
Get the recipe from Delish.
In Arkansas, cocoa, pecans and caramel combine to form the decadent, chocolate turtle cookie. The fudgy treats are soft with just the right amount of crunch, making them statewide favorites.
Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.
The crispy, plastic-wrapped cookies that come with your Chinese food were first popularized in California, where they were mass produced for the first time. Homemade fortune cookies have a more personal touch, especially when dipped in chocolate and covered with festive sprinkles.
Get the recipe from Kirbie's Cravings.
No, edibles don't quite take the cake in Colorado ... yet. Trail mix cookies, however, are a popular treat that works for holiday celebrations as well as on-the-go snacks for a hike in the mountains.
Get the recipe from Amy's Healthy Baking.
Connecticut's state cookie is the sugary snickerdoodle, a sweet thought to have been introduced to America by immigrants from England, Scotland, and the Netherlands.
Thanks to the importance of peach farming in Delaware, you're bound to see peach desserts galore. In the cookie category, these peach pie oatmeal numbers are unique and delicious.
Key lime pie is king in the Sunshine State, and the flavors translate seamlessly to crunchy cookies as well. Whether you prefer key lime coolers or these key lime pie sandwich cookies filled with tangy cream, you really can't go wrong.
Get the recipe from Cookies & Cups.
Did you know that Georgia produces 49 percent of the United State's peanuts? That makes peanut butter cookies a real winner here. If you really want to step it up, make these surprise cookies, stuffed full of peanut butter.
Hawaii has a corner on the macadamia nut market within the U.S., and combining them with white chocolate bits makes for an epic cookie that's sweet, creamy and crunchy all at once.
There's no shortage of potatoes in this state, so it's no surprise that they manage to make their way into some desserts. Those who love sweet-and-salty combinations won't be able to get enough of a batch of potato chip cookies. For a holiday spin, try making these Santa's Trash cookies.
Frango chocolate mints were one delicious reason to visit Marshall Fields in downtown Chicago back in the day, and though they're not made in melting pots in front of your eyes any longer, the state's craving for mint chocolate sweets still remains. Check out these peppermint patty-stuffed cookies to get your fix.
Clabber Girl baking powder got its start in Terre Haute, and the ingredient is still a key for making chocolate crinkle cookies. The powder gives the cookies just the right amount of lift and spread to form those tantalizing cracks on top.
Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.
When you think of Iowa, you probably picture fields of swaying corn stalks. Even in more urban parts of the state, people can get on board with subtly sweet corn cookies.
Russian immigrants who immigrated to Kansas in the 1800s are said to have brought this unique recipe with them. Peppernuts or pfefferneuse are spicy cookies, finished with a delicate layer of powdered sugar.
Get the recipe from What's Gaby Cooking.
Just because it's not a Derby party doesn't mean there can't be bourbon involved. Kick up your holiday cookies, Kentucky-style, by adding a shot or two to classic chocolate chip cookies.
Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
The French influence in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana is apparent in the food, and that goes for cookies, too. Melt-in-your mouth sablés, also known as sandies, are a French take on shortbread, popular in Louisiana. Amp up the flavor with this coconut shortbread recipe, topped with sweet lime glaze.
New Englanders are mighty fond of one old-school ingredient: molasses. The sticky syrup, when paired with warm spices, form a chewy, not-too-sugary cookie that stands the test of time.
You can't be a true Baltimore resident without trying Berger cookies. The semi-sweet rounds are merely a vehicle for the topping: a layer of hand-dipped, chocolate fudge that's about 1/2-inch thick.
Get the recipe from Home. Made. Interest.
Chocolate chip cookies, the across-the-board favorite in any cookie poll, were invented in Massachusetts in 1938, which explains why it's still the official state cookie. It's hard to beat the combination of melty, semi-sweet morsels in a soft-centered, sugary dough.
If you love cherries, Michigan is the place to be in the summertime. Even during the holidays, however, residents find ways to munch on the tart fruits. These chocolate cherry cookies incorporate chewy dried cherries for an extra bite.
You're probably familiar with the addictive spread known as cookie butter, but in Minnesota, the spiced shortcrust biscuit that it's based on reins supreme. They're known as speculoos or speculaas, and they're a major Christmas tradition brought over by Dutch and Belgian immigrants.
Get the recipe from Bakerita.
Mississippi residents hold a special place in their hearts for mud pie, and there's no reason the combination of chocolate-y crust and sticky chocolate sauce can't be transformed into something bite-size. That's where these Mississippi Mud Cookies come in.
Get the recipe from Call Me PMC.
Gooey Butter Cakes are the dense and moist confections that St. Louis is known for, and these Gooey Butter Cake Cookies have the same effect on your tastebuds. The best part? They're made easy with a box of yellow cake mix.
Get the recipe from Lil' Luna.
Montana Monster Cookies, first created by a bakery in Bozeman, are virtually kitchen-sink cookies, combining whatever fun ingredients you have hiding in your pantry. The staples include oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips and raisins.
Get the recipe from Sweet State of Mine.
Nebraska-made butter brickle ice cream is a summertime favorite, but until things thaw out around the state, the residents will be baking batches of butter brickle cookies, studded with melty toffee bits.
Freed's bakery in Las Vegas has been around since the '50s, baking up their famed cake cookies for locals and tourists. To get a similar effect at home, whip up a batch of cake mix cookies, which are just about the simplest of all holiday recipes.
Fall in New Hampshire is about as gorgeous as it gets, and the locals don't see any reason to move on from their favorite seasonal flavors once the leaves fall. These pumpkin cookies with plenty of warm spices keep the autumn spirit alive.
Italian cookies of all sorts, whether pignolis, biscotti, amaretti or rainbow cookies, can be found in family-owned bakeries throughout New Jersey. Residents fill up a box and show up at gatherings with them throughout the year, and the holiday season is no exception.