May 10, 2005
DESIGNATION OF AN OFFICIAL STATE COOKIE
By: Mary M. Janicki, Director
You asked whether legislation has been proposed in Connecticut that would designate an official state cookie. You want to know if other state legislatures have made such a designation.
No bill or amendment has been proposed to establish or designate an official state cookie in this state, based on a search of legislative documents going back to the mid-1930's.
While many states have a variety of state symbols (see "Symbolmania" in the January 2005 edition of State Legislatures magazine), only two states have an official state cookie. In New Mexico, it is the bizcochito (N.M. Stat. Ann. Sec. 12-3-4). In 1997, Massachusetts named the Toll House Cookie as the official cookie of the Commonwealth (Mass. Gen. L. ch. 2 sec. 42). The Toll House cookie lost to the Boston Cream Pie the prior year in the race for the designation as the state dessert. Recent proposals in Michigan and Maryland conferring the official designation on the Treasure Cookie and the Apple-Oatmeal Cookie respectively, did not pass.