These Are the Most Popular Christmas Cookies Across the United States—Peanut Butter Blossoms Topped the List!
Here's something to chew on: Whether you love classic peanut butter blossoms or crinkle cookies, your favorite Christmas cookie may be a result of where you live. General Mills collected search data from three of their top recipe websites—BettyCrocker.com, Pillsbury.com, and Tablespoon.com—to determine which Christmas cookie recipes were the most clicked on in each state.
Peanut Butter Blossoms, the classic sugar-rolled peanut butter cookie with a Hershey kiss in the center, were the favorite in seven states: California, Florida, Kentucky, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wyoming. The peanut butter and chocolate combination was also popular in Maine and Vermont, where residents favored Two-Ingredient PB-Chocolate Truffles; Nebraska, where Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookies was the most clicked recipe; and in West Virginia, where Easy Peanut Butter Cookie Cups took the top spot.
Another popular recipe during the holiday season are Easy Spritz Cookies—the buttery stamped cookies were the favorite among residents in Colorado, Illinois, North Dakota, and Washington. Russian Tea Cakes, the nutty powdered-sugar coated shortbread, were a hit in snowy Alaska, Arkansas, and Montana. Despite the popularity of gingerbread cookies and houses during Christmastime, Hawaii was the only state where Easy Gingerbread Cookies took the top spot.
Variations on sugar cookies, including Sugar Cookie M&M's Bars, Sugar Cookie Cutouts, and Melted Snowman Sugar Cookies, were click-worthy in a total of ten states. Alabama, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee couldn't get enough of the sugar cookie bars topped with red and green chocolate candies. Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutouts are beloved by everyone during the holiday season, but were particularly embraced in Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, and Texas.
Regional specialties popped up as well. The year-round favorite among New Yorkers—Black and White Cookies—continued to rank as the top Christmas cookie, and Ohio represented their favorite football team by whipping up plenty of Buckeye Delights.
To see the full list of the most-clicked Christmas cookie recipes in each state, head to General Mills' blog.