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The Best Christmas Dish in Every State

If you want to make your holiday table a little more locally-inspired, we've got you covered.
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Christmas is a time for friends, family, and—you guessed it—food! Whether you like to prepare annual family favorites or get a little bit more adventurous and shake things up, Christmas can be a time to go all-out in the kitchen, even if you're just cooking for your immediate family this year.

In honor of the upcoming winter holiday, we took a look at some of the most beloved Christmas recipes across the United States using Google Trends research by state and looking at popular state foods. From Michigan's popularly Googled homemade Christmas Chex Mix to a tasty side dish made from Louisiana's official state vegetable (the sweet potato), this list will certainly jump-start any holiday menu prep.

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Alabama: Chai Spiced Maple Sugar Cookies

chai spiced maple sugar cookies shaped like maple leaves with brown sugar dusting
Half Baked Harvest

Put a little spin on traditional sugar cookies, a popular search term in Birmingham according to Google Trends, by adding chai spice and browned butter frosting. These are perfect to make for any cold-weather holiday.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest. 

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Alaska: Snickerdoodle Cookies

stack of five snickerdoodle cookies with cinnamon sugar dust
Chelsea's Messy Apron

Made with tangy cream of tartar and sweet cinnamon sugar, these tasty cookies are a wonderful addition to any Christmas dessert spread. Snickerdoodles are a popular search term in Anchorage, so you'll be in good company serving these.

Get the recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron. 

Arizona: 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

hunk of peanut butter fudge with bite out of it
Sallys Baking Addiction

Can you believe this no-bake recipe requires just four ingredients? Peanut butter, vanilla extract, confectioner's sugar, and butter are all you need to create this creamy and unexpected dessert. Searches for "peanut butter fudge recipe" are popular in Phoenix, so this treat is sure to be a hit.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction. 

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Arkansas: Grape Salad

bowl of grape salad with two spoons
Courtesy of Chelseas Messy Apron

Put together a refreshing Christmas side salad featuring Arkansas' official state fruit, grapes.

Get the recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron. 

California: Roasted Artichokes

six roasted artichokes on baking tray
Gimme Some Oven

There seem to be countless ways to prepare artichokes, one of California's biggest crops. One of our favorites is to roast them in an earthy mixture of fresh herbs, garlic, lemon, and oil.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven. 

Colorado: Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

bowl of chicken and sausage gumbo with rice

Prepare this warming dish, featuring chicken, sausage, okra, peppers, and tomatoes, as the main course for your holiday dinner. Searches for chicken and sausage gumbo specifically are popular in Denver, so you'll be eating like a true local with this recipe.

Get the recipe from Diethood. 

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Connecticut: Honey Roasted Carrots

Vegetarian honey roasted carrots
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Looking for a healthy side dish to serve this holiday season? Look no further than this delicious recipe, which is made with roasted carrots sweetened naturally with a touch of honey.

Get our recipe for Roasted Carrots. 

Delaware: Peach Pie Muffins with Brown Butter Glaze

peach pie muffins in muffin tin liners
Sallys Baking Addiction

Shake up Delaware's official dessert, peach pie, by baking it in a muffin form and topping it with a warming brown butter glaze.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction. 

Florida: Dark Chocolate Covered Candied Orange Slices

slices of candied oranges dipped in dark chocolate
Craving Something Healthy

Oranges, the fruit Florida is most known for, can be a great holiday dessert, too. Just soak thin slices of these tasty fruits in simple syrup, dry them out by using a convection oven, and then partially dip each one into rich dark chocolate. These are sure to become an annual Christmas must-have.

Get the recipe from Craving Something Healthy. 

Georgia: Balsamic Roasted Peach, Chicken, and Prosciutto Tarts

peach basil chicken and prosciutto tarts
Half Baked Harvest

This season, prepare Georgia's official state fruit, peaches, with bold balsamic, chicken, and prosciutto for an appetizer that will definitely make a statement.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest. 

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Hawaii: Baked Pineapple Casserole

pineapple casserole in two serving plates
Courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

Baked pineapple casserole is the Christmas side you didn't know you needed. Sweet pineapple, sharp cheddar, and salty butter all come together to create a dish that is anything but boring.

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom. 

Idaho: Scalloped Potatoes

baking dish of scalloped potatoes sliced with cheese
Gimme Some Oven

Serve one of Idaho's most famous foods, potatoes, in this comforting recipe that is rich with powerful flavors such as garlic, sharp cheddar, and fresh thyme.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven. 

Illinois: Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Pie

nutella swirl pumpkin pie in baking dish
Courtesy of Sallys Baking Addiction

Put an exciting twist on Illinois' official state pie, pumpkin pie, with this Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Pie recipe. Your family will be back for seconds!

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction. 

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Indiana: Mom's Secret Christmas Eve Homemade Chex Mix

bowl of homemade chex mix with cereal and pretzels
Half Baked Harvest

Seasoned pretzels, mixed nuts, Chex, and bagel chips all come together in this easy-to-make Christmas snack. It's so delicious, you may even want to leave it out for Santa. Homemade Chex Mix is a popular search term in Indianapolis, so why not add this recipe to your holiday repertoire?

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest. 

Iowa: Beef Stew

Beef stew recipe in black lined glass bowl
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Is there anything more comforting than enjoying a warm bowl of beef stew by the fireplace as the snow falls? This winter classic is chock-full of carrots, potatoes, and onions.

Get our recipe for Beef Stew. 

Kansas: Slow Cooker Glazed Ham

plate of slow cooker glazed ham
Creme De La Crumb

What do we love just as much as delicious Christmas dishes? Ones that are convenient, too! This ham can be tossed in your slow cooker to cook while you prepare other holiday plates. Just add the sweet and spicy brown sugar glaze to the ham during its last 30 minutes of cooking, and voila! You've got a delicious holiday dish, ready to go.

Plenty of people in Wichita are searching for a ham glaze recipe, according to Google Trends. If you're one of them, you can't go wrong with this option.

Get the recipe from Creme De La Crumb.

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Kentucky: Pear Blackberry Salad

bowl of pear and blackberry green salad
Chelseas Messy Apron

Toss Kentucky's official berry, the blackberry, into a large bowl with chopped pears, candied pecans, goat cheese, and poppyseed dressing to create a light and healthy holiday salad to serve alongside heavier dishes.

Get the recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron. 

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Louisiana: Baked Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes

baking dish filled with sliced candied sweet potatoes and pecans
Creme De La Crumb

Louisiana's official state vegetable is one of the holiday's most popular: the sweet potato. Prepare these nutrient-packed root vegetables with cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans, and brown sugar for a delicious side.

Get the recipe from Creme De La Crumb. 

Maine: Lobster Bisque

bowl of lobster bisque soup with lobster claw
How Sweet Eats

Serve this homemade lobster bisque as a starter topped with foamed cream. Your family will only think it took you hours to make!

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats. 

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Maryland: Crab Cakes

Paleo crab cakes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These crab cakes, which are topped with mango-avocado salsa, will tick off every box on your list of appetizer needs.

Get our recipe for Crab Cakes.

Massachusetts: Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken

cranberry chicken breasts
Creme De La Crumb

Slow cookers make holiday cooking an absolute breeze, especially in this recipe. The chicken comes together with Massachusetts' official berry, the cranberry, to create a truly memorable Christmas main course.

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb. 

Michigan: Christmas Chex Mix

christmas chex mix with white chocolate and m and ms in glass jar
What Gabys Cooking

Love putting together homemade Chex Mix, but want to bring it up a notch for the holidays? Then give this Christmas Chex Mix recipe a go! Cheerios, rice Chex, pretzels, white chocolate, and green and red M&Ms will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit.

Get the recipe from What's Gaby Cooking. 

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Minnesota: Creamy Wild Rice Soup

wild rice soup in bowl with spoon
Averie Cooks

This mouthwatering holiday soup is made with chewy wild rice (a staple in Minnesota cuisine), diced onions, sliced Cremini mushrooms, and dried herbs.

Get the recipe from Averie Cooks. 

Mississippi: Christmas Wreath Cookies

peppermint cookies shaped like christmas wreaths
Foodie Crush

These adorable cookies, which are made using mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and peppermint, are shaped like mini wreaths and look great placed out on a platter as well. Interestingly, "corn flake candy" is a popular search term in Jackson, so you'll be in good company with these unique treats.

Get the recipe from Foodie Crush. 

Missouri: Winter Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts

winter salad with spinach cranberries and candied walnuts in serving dish
Half Baked Harvest

The nuts of a popular Missouri tree, the walnut tree, take center stage in this salad. It's made using candied walnuts, pomegranate, goat cheese, and a balsamic fig dressing.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest. 

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Montana: Pineapple Glazed Pork Roast

pork roast with pineapple chunks
Half Baked Harvest

This delicious holiday pork recipe features pork stuffed with bacon wild rice and glazed with sweet and juicy pineapple. Searches for pork roast are popular across Montana, so feel free to share this recipe with friends.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest. 

Nebraska: Catfish With Corn Salsa

Healthy cornmeal catfish with corn salsa
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

One of Nebraska's most popular crops, corn, is the topper to this catfish dish. This would be a great meat alternative for your pescatarian relatives.

Get our recipe for Cornmeal Catfish With Corn Salsa

Nevada: Flan

individual serving of flan topped with raspberry on plate
Bigger Bolder Baking

Rich and creamy, this flan is made using heavy cream, milk, vanilla extract, and sugar. Top it with some berries for an extra festive touch. Flan is a popular search term in Las Vegas and Reno, so you can't go wrong by adding it to your holiday spread.

Get the recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking. 

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New Hampshire: Pumpkin Cheesecake

Slice of healthy pumpkin cheesecake with whipped cream and strawberries
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

New Hampshire's official state fruit, the pumpkin, gets an update in this recipe from a pie to a cheesecake. It's the same sweet filling you love, just in creamy cheesecake form.

Get our recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake

New Jersey: Chocolate Swiss Roll

chocolate swiss roll slices
Gimme Some Oven

This Chocolate Swiss Roll is stuffed with a sweet cream cheese filling, but it can easily be customized to include your own personal touch. Swiss roll is a delicacy in the northeast, so your family will surely appreciate the non-conventional holiday treat.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

New Mexico: Pumpkin Pecan Polvorones

pumpkin pecan polvorones on baking sheet
Cookie and Kate

These mildly sweet shortbread cookies, which are also commonly known as Mexican Wedding Cookies, help take any holiday dessert menu to the next level.

Get the recipe from Cookie and Kate. 

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New York: Cranberry Almond Apple Pie

cranberry almond apple pie with lattice crust
Courtesy of Sallys Baking Addiction

New York is also known as the Big Apple, so why not whip up a holiday dessert in its honor? This apple pie recipe makes a traditional Christmas classic a bit more exciting by adding cranberries and almonds to it.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction. 

North Carolina: Blueberry Balsamic Pork Chops

blueberry balsamic pork chop on plate with glaze
Creme De La Crumb

A delicious sauce made from balsamic vinegar and one of North Carolina's official state fruits, blueberries, help take these Christmas pork chops to new heights.

Get the recipe from Creme De La Crumb. 

North Dakota: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy mom's chicken noodle soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Need a quick holiday meal starter? Try out this homemade chicken noodle recipe. It is also a perfect make-ahead dish if you are especially low on time around the holiday season.

Get our recipe for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. 

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Ohio: Buckeyes

bowl of buckeyes
Half Baked Harvest

Give Ohio's favorite snack, the buckeye, a holiday makeover by making this Buckeye recipe. These delicious bite-sized desserts, made from cannellini bean puree, peanut butter, pumpkin, apple sauce, and dark chocolate, are sure to be a hit among both friends and family.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest. 

Oklahoma: Cornbread Stuffing

vegan cornbread stuffing with cranberries and pecans in white serving dish
Minimalist Baker

Transform Oklahoma's official side dish, cornbread, into a vegan stuffing that will be a great companion to any main course dish.

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker. 

Oregon: Hazelnut Green Beans with Lemon Zest

green beans with hazelnuts and lemon zest in pan
Feasting at Home

Add a handful of Oregon's official state nut, hazelnut, to this healthy side dish recipe that features green beans, lemon zest, and shallots. Even better? This recipe is also vegan- and gluten-free.

Get the recipe from Feasting At Home. 

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Pennsylvania: White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

cranberry white chocolate cookies on wooden board
Averie Cooks

Make sure to bake a few batches of these scrumptious holiday cookies this year. The combination of tangy dried cranberries, sweet white chocolate chips, and smooth vanilla will ensure that these treats will disappear in no time. Google searches for "white chocolate cranberry cookies" are popular in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, so you can even consider this a local treat.

Get the recipe from Averie Cooks. 

Rhode Island: Bacon-Spinach Dip

keto bacon spinach dip in a white bowl topped with bacon bits
Courtesy of Waterbury Publications, Inc.

This recipe reimagines a common holiday starter, spinach artichoke dip, into a savory version topped with bacon. Google searches for "spinach" are popular in Providence, and this recipe might be the most delicious way to incorporate the veggie into your meal.

Get our recipe for Bacon-Spinach Dip

South Carolina: Raw Collard Greens Salad

collard greens salad in bowl
Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

If you need a lighter side to offset all the creamy dishes you may be eating this holiday season, make this simple Raw Collard Greens Salad. South Carolina's official state vegetable, collard greens, is combined with sundried tomatoes, raw garlic, and sharp apple cider vinegar to help create a salad so delicious, you might even forget it is also packed with nutrients.

Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food.

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South Dakota: Drop-Style Christmas Sugar Cookies

christmas sugar cookies with red and green sprinkles
Sallys Baking Addiction

Add these cookies to your list of treats to make for Santa this year. Be sure to add some festive sprinkles into the batter for a sweet surprise. Searches for sugar cookies are especially popular in Sioux Falls and Rapid City, so you can't go wrong with this recipe.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction. 

Tennessee: Sundried Tomato Pesto Bites

sundried tomato pesto bites in phyllo dough
Well Plated

This Sundried Tomato Pesto Bites recipe uses Tennessee's official fruit, the tomato, in the best way possible. Use store-bought mini fillo dough shells to ensure a simple prep.

Get the recipe from Well Plated.

Texas: No-Bake Pecan Pie Truffles

pecan pie truffles in baking cups
Bigger Bolder Baking

Make these no-bake truffles using the nuts of Texas' official state tree, the pecan tree. All you have to do is combine chopped pecans, maple syrup, and vanilla to a mixture of graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and butter. Once this combination is refrigerated, you can mold the batter into small balls and dip them into dark chocolate for a decadent touch.

Get the recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking. 

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Utah: Moroccan Roasted Beets

moroccan roasted beets sliced in baking dish
Feasting at Home

This delicious recipe combines toasted pistachios, sweet pomegranate seeds, and Utah's historic state vegetable, beets. Don't forget to add the tangy balsamic glaze to really help add to the dish's natural flavors.

Get the recipe from Feasting At Home. 

Vermont: Turnip Puffs

turnip puff in baking dish
A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

This appetizer features Vermont's official vegetable, the turnip, along with sweet brown sugar and a savory breadcrumb topping for a totally fresh new way to enjoy this veggie.

Get the recipe from A Pretty Life In The Suburbs. 

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Virginia: Peanut Butter Caramel Pie

whole peanut butter caramel pie topped with peanuts with slice taken
Recipe Tin Eats

One of Virginia's most famous crops, peanuts, are responsible for giving us one of the most delicious holiday desserts: Peanut Butter Caramel Pie. This pie has a caramel filling, a crumbly Oreo cookie crust, and a top layer of smooth chocolate topped with, you guessed it, peanuts.

Get the recipe from Recipe Tin Eats. 

Washington: French Onion Soup

Paleo french-onion soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If you love those diner French Onion soups that are brought to the table oozing with cheese, bread, and other mouthwatering flavors then you will love this recipe. Made with the official vegetable of Washington, the sweet onion, this soup is perfect to serve as either a starter or a side during the holidays.

Get our recipe for French Onion Soup. 

West Virginia: Roast Chicken

Healthy sunday roast chicken
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This roast chicken recipe has a scrumptious seasoning on it that's made with thyme, lemon, garlic, and mustard, making it quite possibly the best roasted chicken meals you'll ever make.

Get our recipe for Roast Chicken

Wisconsin: Christmas Tree Cheese

cheese shaped like christmas tree with chopped peppers and crackers
The Girl Who Ate Everything

If you are searching for a more inventive way to serve a cheese dish during the Christmas holiday, try out this recipe. Using cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ground mustard, red pepper sauce, and chopped parsley, this tree-shaped cheese ball is even topped with a cheesy gold star.

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything. 

Wyoming: Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Vegan roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

You can't beat a classic. Everyone loves the creamy, dreamy blend of mashed potatoes, and we love this garlic-infused version.

Get our recipe for Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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