This is the most popular Christmas cookie in every state
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Christmas isn't Christmas without a ton of cookies. Whether you leave them out for Santa with a glass of cold milk, host an annual Christmas cookie exchange, or love decorating gingerbread men with your family, enjoying all of the fresh-baked goodies is part of what makes it the most wonderful time of the year.
But what type of deliciousness should you be whipping up this holiday season? General Mills found the top Christmas cookies in each state based on the recipes with the most searches on BettyCrocker.com, Pillsbury.com and Tablespoon.com. Below are the results, plus our cooking experts' tips for baking the best Christmas cookies.
The state-by-state breakdown
Alabama: Sugar cookie bars
Alaska: Russian tea cakes
Arizona: Sugar cookies
Arkansas: Russian tea cakes
California: Peanut butter blossoms
Colorado: Spritz cookies
Connecticut: Oatmeal cookies
Delaware: Italian Christmas cookies
Florida: Peanut butter blossoms
Georgia: Cream cheese pecan cookies
Hawaii: Gingerbread cookies
Idaho: Candy cane cookies
Illinois: Spritz cookies
Indiana: Mexican wedding cakes
Iowa: Swedish kringla
Kansas: Crinkle cookies
Kentucky: Peanut butter blossoms
Louisiana: Nutella swirl cookies
Maine: Peanut butter chocolate truffles
Massachusetts: Sugar cookie bars
Michigan: Kolaczki cookies
Mississippi: Sugar cookie bars
Missouri: Cake mix gooey butter cookies
Montana: Russian tea cakes
Nebraska: Peanut butter chocolate cookies
Nevada: Peanut butter blossoms
New Hampshire: Italian Christmas cookies
New Jersey: Italian Christmas cookies
New Mexico: Sugar cookies
New York: Black and white cookies
North Carolina: Sugar cookie bars
North Dakota: Spritz cookies
Oklahoma: Crinkle cookies
Oregon: Sugar cookies
Pennsylvania: Peanut butter blossoms
Rhode Island: Italian Christmas cookies
South Carolina: Peanut butter blossoms
South Dakota: Crinkle cookies
Tennessee: Sugar cookie bars
Texas: Sugar cookies
Utah: Melted snowman cookies
Vermont: Peanut butter chocolate trufffles
Virginia: Crinkle cookies
Washington: Spritz cookies
West Virginia: Peanut butter cookie cups
Wisconsin: German almond cookies
Wyoming: Peanut butter blossoms
How to bake the best Christmas cookies
While there's no such thing as a bad Christmas cookie, there are some ways to make them more delicious (with less effort!). First things first: Our kitchen and cooking editor, Cassidy Olsen, recommends the KitchenAid stand mixer to help you blend your dough without wearing out your arms. It's the number one stand mixer because it has so many interchangeable attachments that it can do almost anything and it will last for years and years to come.
Then you'll need a high-quality, sturdy baking sheet—like our favorite from Nordic Ware. These baking sheets are lightweight yet large enough to hold more than a dozen cookies and produce evenly-baked cookies thanks to their superior heat distribution. Cassidy also suggests placing this silicone mat underneath your cookies to make for easy cleanup and to prevent your precious treats from getting burned on the bottom.
And if you're cutting out shapes from your dough, don't forget the rolling pin. After testing a bunch of different ones, we found this wooden dowel to be the best because it rolled out dough perfectly every time and is easy to use so you can control the thickness of your cookies.
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