Montco Home Bakers’ Searches Reveal the Area’s Go-to Cookie Recipe

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Google shared with USA Today the most uniquely searched Christmas cookies by state in the late-Nov. to early-Dec. timeframe.

“It was interesting to see how different regions of the U.S. seem to be interested in different types of cookies,” Google Trends curator Annanya Raghavan told USA Today.

“The East coast seemed to favor the internationally inspired cookies in Search, while the South seemed to be searching for Christmas-flavored treats, and the Midwest was searching for Christmas cookies with alternative ingredients,” Raghavan noted.

Wyoming, Iowa, and South Dakota like Keto Christmas cookies.

Some state residents like M&Ms in their cookies; others like the citric jolt of lemon-based treats. Some sidestep traditional cookies altogether and opt for fudge. And there are low-maintenance states in which the go-to is simply an open package of Oreos.

Pennsylvania's favorite: Italian Christmas Cookies
Pennsylvania’s favorite: Italian Christmas Cookies

But Montgomery County residents (and their counterparts across the state) are not alone in their favorite searched Christmas cookie recipe; their top-requested info also leads online searches in Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey,

It’s Italian Christmas cookies, a broad category that includes:

  • Pizzelles
  • Butter cookies
  • Italian sugar cookies
  • Biscotti
  • Sesame seed Ccookies

If some of these aren’t familiar, Good Housekeeping has collected their recipes for at-home bakers to try crafting and enjoy.

Read more about each state’s favorite Christmas cookie in USA Today.

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Editor’s Note: This post originally ran Dec. 23. 2021.

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