Everybody loves a good fresh baked cookie, but in the United States the favorite tastes vary depending on the area you’re from. Christmas cookies are a firm favorite in all of the different states, however each state has their own specific taste – from Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes to Candy Cane Cookies. Just for fun, we’ve decided to put together a list of some of the favorite cookie flavors in the US, and which state they’re native to. If we make you hungry and you want to buy some freshly baked cookies to treat yourself, check out gjcookies.com for their tasty range.

Photo by Danube66

Photo by Danube66

Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes

If your grandma is always in the kitchen baking delicious food, you’ll know that there isn’t much in the world that tastes better. Some say that food made by grandmothers tastes so nice because it’s made with so much love, whereas the more cynical say it’s just because they’ve got more years of experience – whichever your view, it’s hard to argue with the fact that grandmas are the best at baking. In the state of Alabama, Grandma’s Old Fashioned Tea Cakes rule. They’re a soft cookie which are best one to two days old, and can be changed up by adding different flavorings, essences and even food colorings.

Ultimate Maple Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles obviously needed a mention – after all, it’s a bit of an unusual name for a cookie! But these cookies are nothing short of wonderful, with lashings of maple syrup, maple sugar and cinnamon – a firm favorite with anyone who’s got a bit of a sweet tooth. If you visit Vermont, the Ultimate Maple Snickerdoodle is the number one Christmas cookie of choice – and we don’t blame them.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Shortbread

The Hawaiians have definitely got the right idea with their favorite Christmas cookie, the amazing melt-in-your-mouth shortbread. It’s a quick and easy recipe that literally melts in your mouth when you take a bite, making it a firm favorite at Hawaiian Christmas parties. The great thing about these cookies is that you can also decorate them with icing – so you don’t need to reserve them just for Christmas as they’re great for almost any occasion such as birthday parties.

Kentucky Bourbon Balls

If you like your Christmas cookies to have a bit of a boozy kick, you can’t go wrong with the Kentucky favorite, Kentucky bourbon balls. Great for parties, these little cookie balls are extremely moreish, and they’re made with five tablespoons of Kentucky bourbon whisky – making them a great addition to a Christmas party or even for eating after your Christmas lunch. They are made with chopped nuts so be careful if you have allergies – although we’re sure you can get an alternative recipe so you don’t miss out.

What is your favorite Christmas cookie recipe, and why? If you’d like to share with us how you make your Christmas cookies each holiday season, we’d love to hear from you – leave your response in the comments below. Happy baking this holiday season!