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The Best Christmas Cookie from Every State

Which cookies are baking up in your neck of the woods this holiday? Find out with our state-by-state most-popular Christmas cookie recipes.

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Alabama: Tender Pecan LogsTaste of Home

Alabama: Tender Pecan Logs

Folks always ask me to make these tender nutty logs. Not overly sweet, they're just right with a steaming cup of coffee or tea. —Joyce Beck, Gadsden, Alabama

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Alaska: Chocolate Linzer Cookies	Taste of Home

Alaska: Chocolate Linzer Cookies

Living in the town of North Pole, it's no surprise that I enjoy Christmas baking! My mom and I used to make these cookies together. Now that I am married and living in Alaska, I love to bake them for my own family. They remind me of home. —Heather Peters, North Pole, Alaska

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Arizona: Holly Berry CookiesTaste of Home

Arizona: Holly Berry Cookies

What would Christmas be without overflowing tins of cookies? These festive filled cookies are the all time favorites of my family. Back when our children were small, we began baking them the day after Halloween and put them away in the freezer. —Audrey Thibodeau, Gilbert, Arizona

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Arkansas: Peanut Butter Christmas MiceTaste of Home

Arkansas: Peanut Butter Christmas Mice

With their black licorice tails, candy noses and peanut ears, these chewy "mice" were always a hit at classroom parties. My children are in their teens now, but they still ask me to make these cookies for the holidays. —Nancy Rowse, Bella Vista, Arkansas

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California: Peppermint-Kissed Fudge Mallow CookiesTaste of Home

California: Peppermint-Kissed Fudge Mallow Cookies

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without these cute-as-can-be treats. Fudgy-rich chocolate cookies with refreshing mint flavor, soft marshmallow, crunchy’s a must-try holiday recipe! —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California

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Colorado: Holly WreathsTaste of Home

Colorado: Holly Wreaths

I've never come across another spritz cookie like this - one calling for cream cheese as an ingredient. That helps to keep these wreaths moist a long time, while also adding a delicious flavor. —Dee Lein, Longmont, Colorado

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Connecticut: Nanny's Fruitcake CookiesTaste of Home

Connecticut: Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies

My grandmother always made a holiday fruitcake. I turned her recipe into cookies that are perfect any time, especially with a cup of tea. —Amanda Digges, South Windsor, Connecticut

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Delaware: Double Whammy Eggnog CookiesTaste of Home

Delaware: Double Whammy Eggnog Cookies

These cookies are an amazing way to use extra eggnog. They've become a new family classic. — Teresa Morris, Laurel, Delaware

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Florida: Italian Chocolate Spice CookiesTaste of Home

Florida: Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies

I recently found this old family recipe in my mom’s kitchen. I made a few adjustments to streamline the process, and the cookies turned out wonderfully. —Shawn Barto, Winter Garden, Florida

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Georgia: Candy Cane SnowballsTaste of Home

Georgia: Candy Cane Snowballs

I bake dozens of kinds of Christmas cookies to give to family and friends. I came up with this recipe when I had leftover candy canes. We dip the snowballs into a white candy coating, then into crushed peppermint candy. —Debby Anderson, Stockbridge, Georgia

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Hawaii: Ginger-Macadamia Nut SnowballsTaste of Home

Hawaii: Ginger-Macadamia Nut Snowballs

You’ll go nuts over these ginger-spiced cookies, made with love and coated with sweet confectioners’ sugar to look like snow. —Jenny Humphries, Ocean View, Hawaii

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Idaho: Gingerbread Cookies with Lemon FrostingTaste of Home

Idaho: Gingerbread Cookies with Lemon Frosting

When I spread these spicy gingerbread rounds with my lemony cream cheese frosting, I knew I had a hit. Cardamom and allspice add a hint of chai tea flavor. —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho

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Illinois: Holiday Cornflake CookiesTaste of Home

Illinois: Holiday Cornflake Cookies

I can't seem to make enough of these cornflake wreaths around the holidays. The cookies firm up quickly, so you'll need to place the Red Hots right away. —Kathleen Hedger, Fairview Heights, Illinois

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Indiana: 	Church Window CookiesTaste of Home

Indiana: Church Window Cookies

This is a hit with kids—the little ones just love the colored marshmallows! —Emmilie Gaston, Wabash, Indiana

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Iowa: Ugly Sweater CookiesTaste of Home

Iowa: Ugly Sweater Cookies

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Ugly Sweater Cookies is how cute they are. Try these classic gingerbreads on for size. —Christy Thelen, Kellogg, Iowa

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Kansas: Sparkly Meringue SnowmenTaste of Home

Kansas: Sparkly Meringue Snowmen

For my son’s first Christmas home from Iraq, I wanted everything to feel magical. He loves meringue cookies, so I made a big batch of minty snowmen and snowflakes. —Patricia Lindsay, Independence, Kansas

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Kentucky: Jeweled Coconut DropsTaste of Home

Kentucky: Jeweled Coconut Drops

Red raspberry preserves add a festive flair to these tender coconut cookies. Perfect for potlucks and cookie exchanges, these shaped cookies never last long when I make them for my husband and two sons. -Ellen Marie Byler Munfordville, Kentucky

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Louisiana: Nutty Butter MunchiesTaste of Home

Louisiana: Nutty Butter Munchies

My sweet tooth flared up, so I had to get baking. Peanuts and pecans are everywhere in Louisiana, so I worked them into my buttery drop cookies. —Zenola Frazier, Tallulah, Louisiana

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Maine: Ginger Cranberry PinwheelsTaste of Home

Maine: Ginger Cranberry Pinwheels

Here's a nice Christmas cookie with a cheery shape. They're so much fun to make and even more fun to eat. —Laurel Doughty, Fryeburg, Maine

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Maryland: Gingerbread Men CookiesTaste of Home

Maryland: Gingerbread Men Cookies

No holiday treat platter would be complete without gingerbread man cookies! This is a tried-and-true recipe I'm happy to share with you. —Mitzi Sentiff, Annapolis, Maryland

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Massachusetts: Chocolate Thumbprint CookiesTaste of Home

Massachusetts: Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

My group of friends had a weekly "movie night" during winters on Martha's Vineyard, and we'd take turns making a chocolate treat to share. These terrific cookies were an instant success. Once they debuted, I had to make them many more times. —Laura Bryant German, W. Warren, Massachusetts

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Michigan: Holiday Almond TassiesTaste of Home

Michigan: Holiday Almond Tassies

I make so many of these fancy tassies, I use up a 7-pound container of almond paste every year! They’re one of my family’s holiday favorites. —Donna Westhouse, Dorr, Michigan

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Minnesota: Holiday Sugar CookiesTaste of Home

Minnesota: Holiday Sugar Cookies

I add a hint of lemon to these delightful sugar cookies. For make-ahead convenience, freeze the dough up to three months, then thaw in the fridge before baking and decorating them. —Katie Koziolek, Hartland, Minnesota

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Mississippi: Raspberry Pistachio ThumbprintsTaste of Home

Mississippi: Raspberry Pistachio Thumbprints

Thumbprint cookies are a Christmas classic, and I especially like my updated version with pistachios. The rich, buttery bites are not only delicious, but they are also pretty enough to give for gifts—if you manage to share them! —Laura Murphy, Columbus, Mississippi

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Missouri: Gingerbread Sandwich TreesTaste of Home

Missouri: Gingerbread Sandwich Trees

Fun and festive, these cookie sandwich trees will be a huge hit with kids of all ages. They're a super-cute holiday treat! —Steve Foy, Kirkwood, Missouri

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Montana: Date Swirl CookiesTaste of Home

Montana: Date Swirl Cookies

My granddaughter nicknamed my mother Cookie Grandma because she made wonderful cookie—including these crisp and chewy treats. —Donna Grace, Clancy, Montana

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Nebraska: Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal CookiesTaste of Home

Nebraska: Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

I needed a new holiday cookie, so I tweaked an old 4-H recipe. This updated oatmeal cookie with cranberries and nuts is my family’s all-time favorite. —Tammy Hoggatt, Omaha, Nebraska

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Nevada: Harvey's Coconut MacaroonsTaste of Home

Nevada: Harvey's Coconut Macaroons

As the executive chef at Harveys, a resort hotel in Lake Tahoe, I modified this classic recipe, which originated a century ago at a renowned pastry shop in Vienna, Austria.

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New Hampshire: Frosted Snowflake CookiesTaste of Home

New Hampshire: Frosted Snowflake Cookies

My family gathers at the kitchen table every winter to add a white glaze to these snowflake cookies. To increase the wow factor, tint the frosting with food colors and try various sprinkles.—Carolyn Olney, Richmond, NH

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New Jersey: Ginger & Maple Macadamia Nut CookiesTaste of Home

New Jersey: Ginger & Maple Macadamia Nut Cookies

This spiced cookie has a real kick of ginger, similar to traditional German lebkuchen. If you don’t have crystallized ginger, use colored sprinkles. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey

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New Mexico: Lime & Gin Coconut MacaroonsTaste of Home

New Mexico: Lime & Gin Coconut Macaroons

I took these lime and coconut macaroons to our annual cookie exchange, where we name a queen. I won the crown! —Milissa Kirkpatrick, Angel Fire, New Mexico

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New York: Rainbow CookiesTaste of Home

New York: Rainbow Cookies

I always bake these cookies two weeks ahead. That allows enough time for mellowing, leaving them moist and full of almond flavor. —Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York

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North Carolina: Mint Twist MeringuesTaste of Home

North Carolina: Mint Twist Meringues

Light and airy, these delicate meringues give you a refreshing burst of peppermint. I sprinkle them with crushed mint candies and baking cocoa. —Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina

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North Dakota: Frosted Cashew CookiesTaste of Home

North Dakota: Frosted Cashew Cookies

We savor these cookies every Christmas, but they're special year-round with coffee or tucked into a lunch box. I won a ribbon with these cookies at my county fair.—Sheila Wyum, Rutland, North Dakota

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Ohio: Christmas Lights CookiesTaste of Home

Ohio: Christmas Lights Cookies

What better way to brighten chilly winter days than with light-shaped cookies? My classic dough recipe has been a holiday tradition in our family for years. —Carolyn Moseley, Dayton, Ohio

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Oklahoma: Cherry-Pecan Icebox CookiesTaste of Home

Oklahoma: Cherry-Pecan Icebox Cookies

During the holiday season, I keep a roll of dough for these crisp cookies in the freezer. It's nice to offer unexpected company a home-baked treat. —Betye Dalton, Tupelo, Oklahoma

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Oregon: Peppermint Puff Pastry SticksTaste of Home

Oregon: Peppermint Puff Pastry Sticks

I wanted to impress my husband's family with something you'd expect to find in a European bakery, and these chocolaty treats are what I came up with. The flaky pastry melts in your mouth. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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Pennsylvania: Almond Raspberry StarsTaste of Home

Pennsylvania: Almond Raspberry Stars

The first Christmas that I baked these, I ended up quickly making a second batch! The whole family enjoyed them. —Darlene Weaver, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island: Snowy Mountain CookiesTaste of Home

Rhode Island: Snowy Mountain Cookies

I was so excited to bake these with my mom after coming home from studying abroad in Germany. They remind me of the Swabian Alps I could see from my room there. Be careful not to overheat your white chocolate; it’ll lose that attractive shine. —Stephanie Bouley, North Smithfield, Rhode Island

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South Carolina: Contest-Winning Chocolate Mint CookiesTaste of Home

South Carolina: Contest-Winning Chocolate Mint Cookies

My dad sandwiches mint patties between two tender chocolate cookies to create these chewy treats. The blend of chocolate and mint is a big hit at our house. Best of all, these cookies are easy and fun to make. —Christina Burbage, Spartanburg, South Carolina

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South Dakota: Great-Grandma's Oatmeal CookiesTaste of Home

South Dakota: Great-Grandma's Oatmeal Cookies

Not only is this recipe a favorite of my husband's, it's extra special to me because it goes back to my great-grandmother. For holidays, we like to sprinkle on colored sugar for a festive touch. —Mary Ann Konechne, Kimball, South Dakota

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Tennessee:  Creme de Menthe CookiesTaste of Home

Tennessee: Creme de Menthe Cookies

This is my mother's Christmas recipe. She made these every year and whenever I smell them baking, I think of her. —Beth Cates, Hampton, Tennessee

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Texas: Cranberry Pecan CookiesTaste of Home

Texas: Cranberry Pecan Cookies

These are so tasty and simple to prepare! Each delightful little cookie is loaded with cranberries, nuts and vanilla, giving them the taste of a treat that’s been slaved over. —Louise Hawkins, Lubbock, Texas

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Utah: Mint-Filled CookiesTaste of Home

Utah: Mint-Filled Cookies

I tuck a peppermint patty inside these treats for a fun surprise. The bites will melt in your mouth. —Karen Nielson, St. George, Utah

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Vermont: Gingerbread Peppermint PinwheelsTaste of Home

Vermont: Gingerbread Peppermint Pinwheels

Two holiday flavors—gingerbread and peppermint—come together in these impressive pinwheel cookies. I created the recipe especially for my husband, who loves the combination. —Joanna Quelch, Burlington, Vermont

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Virginia: Nice 'n' Soft Sugar CookiesTaste of Home

Virginia: Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies

My family’s all-time favorite Christmas cookie has had a million shapes over the years. Little ones have fun making their own icing designs. — Cathy Hall, Lyndhurst, Virginia

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Washington: Santa Sugar CookiesTaste of Home

Washington: Santa Sugar Cookies

Ho ho ho! St. Nick can drop in any time when you bake these cute-as-can-be treats formed with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.—Jill Boruff, Soap Lake, Washington

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West Virginia: Snowman TreatsTaste of Home

West Virginia: Snowman Treats

My daughter, Hannah, and I came up with this recipe on Christmas Eve when she wanted to make treats for Santa. Building a real snowman is fun, but we think coating one in candy is even cooler! —Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia

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Wisconsin: Gingerbread SnowflakesTaste of Home

Wisconsin: Gingerbread Snowflakes

Cutting my favorite gingerbread cookie dough into snowflake shapes and decorating them with white icing was ideal for my theme get-together. I save these crunchy treats to enjoy on the way home from our Christmas tree outing. —Shelly Rynearson, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Wyoming: Blackberry-Filled Chocolate ThumbprintsTaste of Home

Wyoming: Blackberry-Filled Chocolate Thumbprints

Pretty blackberry jam peeks out from behind a thin layer of white chocolate in these soft milk chocolate cookies. The flavors just taste amazing together.—Abby Bullington, Cheyenne, Wyoming

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