What’s the most popular Christmas cookie? The Virginia Star combed through several lists of cookies to get an idea of which were listed the most often. Many of the most popular cookies allow a lot of variation — bakers like to put their own creative spin on their cookies. Here’s our list:
These cookies are the canvas of the baking world — varieties include melted snowmen, sandwiches, even Hanukkah cookies. If you’re listing holiday cookies, these have to be on the list.
Much like sugar cookies, these spicy desserts fire bakers’ imaginations, or at least their cookie cutters, and feature a variety of shapes.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
This perennial favorite isn’t a holiday cookie in itself, but variants of this cookie show up on almost every list.
Peanut Butter Blossoms
In 2018, outrage over broken tips on Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses showed the world that Americans take their peanut butter blossoms seriously. Don’t mess with this classic.
Chocolate, cinnamon, lemon, molasses — these craggy cookies dusted in confectioner’s sugar are more defined by shape than flavor.
With a variety of colors, shapes and toppings to choose from, these cookies are ubiquitous at Christmas potlucks.
Some are just covered in chocolate, others have a core of crushed Oreos. Crushed candy canes are a popular topping. Whether you call these balls or truffles, these are a popular holiday choice!
Other Popular Cookies
There are so many more holiday cookies, including shortbread cookies, thumbprints, sand tarts, Russian tea cakes, and snickerdoodles. Many holiday cookies include common ingredients like mint, almond, ginger, coconut, meringue, and eggnog.
Oddly, only a few lists mention fudge, although it is extremely popular, according to the Betty Crocker website. Where’s the love, content writers?
Here are all the lists we consulted for this article:
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Eric Burk is a reporter at The Virginia Star and the Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]