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Signature desserts in every state

  • New Mexico: Biscochitos

    The official state cookie of New Mexico is the biscochito, a shortbread cookie containing flavors of anise, cinnamon, and sugar. They’re popular during the winter holidays and at celebrations of all kinds.

  • New York: Cheesecake

    Arnold Reuben is credited with introducing New York-style cheesecake in the early 1900s (he’s also the guy who brought the world the Reuben sandwich). Historically, cheesecakes were made with cottage cheese before Reuben came along and experimented with using cream cheese.

  • North Carolina: Moravian cookies

    Razor-thin Moravian cookies are currently under consideration to become North Carolina’s official state cookie. Flavored with ginger, mace, nutmeg, and cloves, Moravian cookies are difficult to make since they’re so thin, but they’re a common treat in North Carolina. As of May 2019, the bill to make the cookie official had passed the House, 115-0.

  • North Dakota: Krumkake

    This traditional Norwegian cookie is simple and delicate. Wafer-thin, the dough for a krumkake is rolled up like an ice cream cone and makes for a popular treat during North Dakota holidays. The recipe contains just flour, sugar, eggs, butter, and cream.

  • Ohio: Buckeyes

    Named after the nut that grows on a buckeye tree and referred to as “everyone’s favorite Ohio treat,” buckeyes are peanut butter fudge that’s dipped in just enough chocolate to allow an “eye” of peanut butter to show through. There’s even a 31-stop Ohio Buckeye Candy Trail that marks the candy shops carrying the state favorite.

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  • Oklahoma: Pecan pie

    Oklahoma has an official state meal on record, designated in 1988 by the 41st Legislature. This traditionally Southern meal includes a slice of pecan pie. Restaurants and bakeries around the state offer classic pecan pies as well as twists on the classic such as pumpkin pecan or apple praline.

  • Oregon: Marionberry pie

    The marionberry was developed at Oregon State University in 1945 by combining two different types of blackberries and naming the result after the state’s Marion County. Now, the fruit is harvested in the summer and found in everything from pies to ice cream.

  • Pennsylvania: Shoofly pie

    With a sweetness factor similar to pecan pie, the Pennsylvania Dutch shoofly pie combines molasses, light brown sugar, flour, egg, and shortening. Local fans of shoofly pie use words such as “richly flavored,” “sticky sweet,” and “decadent” to describe it.

  • Rhode Island: Doughboys

    Available plain or with sugar, doughboys are Rhode Island’s version of a zeppole. Doughboys are made by flattening and frying pizza dough and sprinkling it (while still warm) with sugar, cinnamon, and/or powdered sugar.

  • South Carolina: Buttermilk pie

    Buttermilk is a staple in the South, where it’s used in making everything from biscuits to fried chicken. It only makes sense that South Carolina homes and restaurants would celebrate buttermilk pie, a custard-like pie using simple ingredients found in home pantries.

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