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In the days leading up to the Christmas holiday, people from all over the country have been Googling various Christmas cookies, presumably as they prepare to bake some of their favorite festive treats. Given the yearly frenzy around holiday cookies, Google recently released a color-coded map that shows the most uniquely searched cookie in each state. The information was collected nationwide, from November 29 through December 6, 2021.

To clarify, the reason why you won't see some favorites on the map below, such as chocolate chip cookies or gingerbread cookies, is because the data only encompasses queries that were over-represented in a state compared to the country as a whole.

The cookies were divided into five categories—flavor, shape, substitute ingredients, internationally inspired, and other—and there were some clear winners in the bunch. The most popular uniquely searched cookie was actually something called "Christmas cookie fudge," which nabbed the top spot in six states. "Italian Christmas cookies" were close behind, reigning supreme in five states, with a similar search term—"Old Fashioned Italian Christmas Cookies"—taking the top spot in Washington, D.C.

A map of the most uniquely Googled Christmas cookies in each state
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Other yummy but seemingly less popular confections, such as "Lemon Christmas Cookies" and "Oreo Christmas Cookies," only came out on top in one state each. Similarly, even though interest in plant-based food and recipes is on the rise, "Vegan Christmas Cookies" was the most uniquely searched cookie variety in a single state—Washington. By contrast, "Keto Christmas Cookies" and "Gluten Free Christmas Cookies" came out on top in four states each, indicating that many Americans are taking diet into account as they prepare to celebrate the holidays

While the results did vary from state to state, there were some clear trends across different regions of the country. If you take a peek at the Northeast, for example, you'll notice that many states favored internationally inspired cookies, while those who live in the Midwest tend to prefer cookies made with alternative ingredients.

The Most Uniquely Searched Christmas Cookies

Need some inspiration for your own batch of Christmas cookies? Scroll down to see some of our favorite holiday cookie recipes inspired by the recently released Google data!

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1 Sugar cookies

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Sugar cookies are some of the most popular cookies around, but  "Christmas Sugar Cookies" only snagged the top slot in two states—Arkansas and Nevada. Still, since you really can't go wrong with a classic sugar cookie, check out this standard recipe that is straightforward, and downright delicious. What's more? This scrumptious dough can serve as the base for similar cookies, including Pecan Logs and Jam Thumbprints.

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2 No-bake cookies and cream bars

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These cookie bars don't require an oven, but they do call for several Oreos or similar cookies, which residents of Utah (where "Oreo Christmas Cookies" came in number one) will likely appreciate.

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3 Peanut M&M's and jelly cookies

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This interesting take on M&M cookies—the most uniquely Googled Christmas cookie in Kansas—combines Peanut M&Ms and grape jelly from a jar on a sugar cookie base.

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4 Italian thumbprint cookies

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Since "Italian Christmas Cookies'' took the top spot in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont, we'd be remiss not to include this simple yet tasty recipe for Italian Thumbprint Cookies. These baked goods boast a shortbread cookie base topped with a combination of marmalade and jam, as well as a drizzle of white chocolate. Not a thumbprint cookie fan? Try one of these Italian Christmas cookie recipes instead.

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5 Chocolate crinkle cookies

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This classic Christmas cookie recipe was the most uniquely searched one in Delaware and Illinois, but we're betting it's beloved well beyond those two states. Here, the chocolate cookies feature a pretty, snowy exterior because the dough is rolled in a generous dose of confectioners' sugar. Talk about a cute crowd-pleaser!