What are the holidays without amazing holiday cookies?

Shine compiled this great list of beloved holiday cookies from across the nation. Gingerbread and classic chocolate chip cookies are still old favorites, and many new options are also grabbing the attention of holiday bakers. Based on page views In December 2009 at allrecipes.com, the winners are ...

rainbow cookiesRainbow cookies are a colorful holiday favorite from New York. (Photo: Tana Lee Alves/Shutterstock)


Connecticut: Italian Cookies

Maine: Cranberry Orange Cookies

Massachusetts: Italian Anisette Cookies

New Hampshire: Molasses Sugar Cookies

New Jersey: Pignoli Cookies

New York: Rainbow Cookies

Pennsylvania: Pizzelles III

Rhode Island: Prune and Raisin Filled Cookies

Vermont: Ultimate Maple Snickerdoodles


Mexican wedding cookiesFluffy, nutty balls rolled in powdered sugar, Mexican wedding cookies are popular in Texas and in Florida. (Photo: Stacy/Shutterstock)

Alabama: Grandma's Old Fashioned Tea Cakes

Arkansas: Easy Lemon Cookies

Delaware: Pizzelles III

District of Columbia: Rugelach

Florida: Mexican Wedding Cookies

Georgia: Fruitcake Cookies

Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Balls

Louisiana: Yummy Pecan Pralines

Maryland: Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mississippi: Russian Tea Cakes

North Carolina: Easy and Fun Peanut Butter Balls

Oklahoma: Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar

South Carolina: Pecan Chewies

Tennessee: Peanut Blossoms II

Texas: Mexican Wedding Cookies

Virginia: Saltine Toffee Cookies

West Virginia: Pecan Sandies


buckeye candy cookiesPart cookie, part candy, chocolate and peanut butter Buckeyes are popular in Ohio. (Photo: joyfuldesigns/Shutterstock)

Illinois: Cream Cheese Kolacky

Indiana: No-Bake Chocolate Cookies

Iowa: Peanut Clusters

Kansas: Peanut Clusters Chocolate Cookie

Michigan: Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Minnesota: Spritz Cookies IV

Missouri: Gooey Butter Cookies

Ohio: Buckeye Cookies III

Nebraska: Cherry Mash Bars

North Dakota: Rosettes

South Dakota: Seven-Layer Bars

Wisconsin: Chocolate Toffee Crunchies


pumpkin chocolate chip cookiesPumpkin chocolate chip cookies are a holiday favorite in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. (Photo: Keith McDuffee/flickr)

Alaska: Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Arizona: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies II

California: Persimmon Cookies

Colorado: Ultimate High-Altitude Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hawaii: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Shortbread

Idaho: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies III

Montana: Marbled Almond Roca

Nevada: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies III

New Mexico: Biscochitos I

Oregon: Marbled Almond Roca

Utah: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Washington: Marbled Almond Roca

Wyoming: Candy Cane Cookies

Top holiday cookies by state
In the U.S., we love our cookies. Check this list for your state's favorite recipe.