It's that time of year where everyone does these surveys to try to figure out the "favorite" holiday cookie in each state, but what about ones that just plain "scream" Michigan!?

Sure, we could all cast our votes and we all have varying opinions on what the "official" holiday cookie of the Great Lakes State should be. If it were up to me, it would just be simple sugar cookies we decorate with fancy frosting.

However, Delish did some digging and found Michigan's love for cherries continues on into the holidays.

The recipe they cite as the "most iconic holiday cookies" for us Michiganders is a chocolate-chip, cherry cookie!

"If you love cherries, Michigan is the place to be in the summertime. Even during the holidays, however, residents find ways to munch on the tart fruits," Hannah Doolin wrote. "These chocolate cherry cookies incorporate chewy dried cherries for an extra bite."

They link out to a recipe from California chef and food blogger, Gaby Dalkin of "What's Gaby Cooking" for her "Chocolate Cherry Coconut Cookies" that she was inspired to make after a trip to the mitten!

"Having just come back from a trip to Michigan, I am all about the cherries right now. Sweet cherries, tart cherries, dried cherries, juiced cherries, Chocolate Cherry Coconut Cookies,…. basically any form I can get cherries in, is good for me," said Dalkin.

Here are the ingredients she says you will need:

  • 8 oz 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries

CLICK HERE for the full recipe and instructions.

If you are looking to test out your baking skills on some Michigan-made treats this holiday season, we'd have to agree that these are a great idea!

What are some of your favorite holiday cookie recipes?

Looking for more Michigan-made sweet treats you don't even have to bake yourself? Check out the "Bumpy Cake" and its roots here in the Mitten:

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