While this cookie might be a regular one at your holiday gatherings no matter which state you find yourself in, it originally came from Connecticut, so that’s where we’re headed next. As far as making goes, it’s hard to get much simpler than this recipe. The most complicated thing you’ll need is a little bit of cream of tartar.
That’s something that you’ll be able to find in almost any grocery store. You’ll have to refrigerate the dough for a little while (the recipe we found says overnight is best, roll little balls of dough into a sugar and cinnamon mixture, stick them on a baking tray, and bake. Simple, elegant, and, best of all, oh-so-delicious. These are a cookie for any baker’s repertoire.
California – Doughnuts
Yes, apparently the favored dessert from California is doughnuts, something that is so well known you can practically find them all over the world. But, it seems that California goes hard when it comes to these well-known fried treats. You can get them topped with your favorite cereal, filled to bursting with your favorite fruit, or almost any other way you could possibly want them.
In fact, there’s even a specific type of doughnut that is called the “California donut,” and it sounds pretty good: A big donut, super soft and fluffy, that has crazy, wild toppings. California became known for its doughnuts when Ted Ngoy immigrated to Los Angeles from Cambodia, setting up a pastry shop and helping other immigrants do the same thing, creating a small, connected empire.
Colorado – Duffeyroll
Though they may appear to be cinnamon rolls on the outside, the dessert from Colorado isn’t exactly what it seems to be. A duffeyroll is lighter and flakier than your traditional cinnamon bun. There also appears to only be a single place where you can pick them up – a place that is appropriately called Duffeyroll. They’re also called “Denver Cinnamon Rolls."
And they can be constructed by using a rising dough with plenty of flour and other traditional bread ingredients. The dough filling, however, is a little different: brown sugar, unsalted butter, cinnamon powder, and cocoa powder all work together to give it an extra excellent taste. Add a not-so-healthy dollop of frosted topping to the roof of the rolls, and you have a special cinnamon roll that you’re going to love.
Delaware – Peach Pie
Peach pie has been the official Delaware dessert since 2009, which surprised us a little bit. We thought peach was the Georgia thing, right? It is, but apparently, Delaware has a long history of peach production – it was even the leading producer for most of the nineteenth century before Georgia took over. The peach flower is part of the Delaware flag, and, let’s be real, who doesn’t love a peach pie?
As long as you can make some pie dough (or, you know, buy it from a store) and get some peaches, you’ll have no trouble making this easy addition to a picnic or dinner party. A proper Delaware peach pie also contains some things like brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and rolled oats, but any recipe that you want to try will probably fit the bill.
Florida – Key Lime Pie
Quick history lesson: “rickets” is a disease that you can contract when you lack the proper amount of Vitamin D in your diet. Sailors at sea would often contract this disease, and to combat it, they would carry barrels of citrus fruits like limes to keep their crew in tip-top shape. Back in the day, Florida revolved around the trade lines, which meant that limes were always in high demand.
Thus, they became a cash crop, and people quickly realized you can make some swell pies out of them, too. The difference between a key lime pie and a true Florida lime pie is the extra-tart fresh lime juice instead of store-bought lime extract. It gives these pies a good bit of zing when you finally chow down.