Alabama has a State Cookie, and its name should not come as a surprise

Alabama governor signs legislation naming Yellowhammer Cookie as official state cookie
Governor Kay Ivey State Cookie Bill Signing
Governor Kay Ivey signed HB421 designating the State of Alabama official cookie June 2, 2023 in Montgomery, Ala. Montgomery student Mary Claire Cook submitted the recipe for the cookie. (Governor’s Office /Hal Yeager)

The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama now has an official state cookie: The Yellowhammer Cookie.

Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday signed legislation naming the confection created by a Montgomery fourth-grader as the official state cookie.

Students at Montgomery’s Trinity Presbyterian School came up with the idea of a state cookie. Fourth-grader Mary Claire Cook submitted the winning recipe, which includes pecans, peanut butter and honey, WSFA-TV reported.

Cook brought a batch of the cookies to Ivey for the bill-signing ceremony.

Alabama has a long list of official state emblems and symbols, including a state vegetable, nut, amphibian and spirit.

Wanna make these cookies? Here’s the recipe:

Yellowhammer Cookies

Cookie ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cup butter, melted, slightly cooled
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 24 pecan halves


  • Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl
  • In a separate bowl, beat together melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs
  • Add dry to wet and mix well
  • Add oats. Continue beating until well mixed
  • Cover and refrigerate dough for 2 hours
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Form dough 1 1/2-inch balls and flatten. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Place a pecan half on half of the cookies. (These will be the cookie tops.)
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until set.

Filling ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Filling directions

  • Mix peanut butter, honey, butter and powdered sugar
  • Beat for 3 minutes
  • Spread filling between 2 cookies and sandwich together
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