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The Best Christmas Cookie from Every State

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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.

Alabama: Crackle Cookies

Alabama: Crackle CookiesTaste of Home

Because these cookies crack on top, my granddaughter thinks I make a mistake when I bake them—until she takes a bite! They’re very close to my Mama’s wonderful chocolate cookie recipe. —Ruth Cain, Hartselle, Alabama

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Alaska: Chocolate Linzer Cookies

Alaska: Chocolate Linzer Cookies Taste of Home
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. You’ll want to try out these heartwarming Christmas traditions from around the world.

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Arizona: Holly Berry Cookies

Arizona: Holly Berry CookiesTaste of Home

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 Mice

Arkansas: Peanut Butter Christmas MiceTaste of Home

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: Holiday Biscotti

California: Holiday BiscottiTaste of Home
A twice-baked Italian cookie, biscotti makes a wonderful “dunker.” A pretty way to present a batch is on a seasonal plate arranged in a wagon-wheel fashion. —Libia Foglesong, San Bruno, California. While you bake, get into the spirit by listening to the best Christmas songs of all time.

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Colorado: Candied Fruit Cookies

Colorado: Candied Fruit CookiesTaste of Home

These no-fuss candied fruit cookies are both nutty and fruity, so they’re always a hit at holiday time. —Florence Monson, Denver, Colorado

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Connecticut: Nanny’s Fruitcake Cookies

Connecticut: Nanny's Fruitcake CookiesTaste of Home

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 Cookies

Delaware: Double Whammy Eggnog CookiesTaste of Home
These cookies are an amazing way to use extra eggnog. They’ve become a new family classic. —Teresa Morris, Laurel, Delaware. Learn the secret to making the absolute best eggnog this season.

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Florida: Grandma Krauses’ Coconut Cookies

Florida: Grandma Krauses' Coconut CookiesTaste of Home

When my two daughters were young, their great-grandma made them coconut cookies with oats. Thankfully, she shared the recipe. —Debra Dorn, Homosassa, Florida

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Georgia: Snow Day Cookies

Georgia: Snow Day CookiesTaste of Home
Clear your pantry to make these chocolate chip cookies loaded with goodies. We add oats, M&M’s, pretzels and even potato chips. —Brittney Musgrove, Dallas, Georgia. Get nostalgic this season with the best Christmas recipes from every decade.

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