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The Most Popular Cookie from Every Decade

Ever wondered about the most popular cookie recipes through the years? Take a look at how our tastes have changed!

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1900s: Fig Newtons

Believe it or not, these cookies have been around in America since the late 19th century. They’re named after the town of Newton, Massachusetts, and were created to fulfill the daily intake of biscuits and fruit recommended by doctors of that time.

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1910s: Oatmeal Cookies

Oats didn’t really make their way into sweet treats until the 1910s, but thank goodness they finally did! Where would we be without oatmeal cookies—with or without raisins?
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1920s: Molasses Cookies

Molasses was often used as a sweetener during the Roaring ’20s, and its flavor made for an extra special batch of cookies.
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1930s: Icebox Cookies

Slice-and-bake cookies became a staple in the ’30s because they could be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. This made them perfect for women who had entered the work force and had far less time for baking.
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1940s: Chocolate Chip Cookies

If we’re being honest, chocolate chip cookies could fill the slot for favorite cookie of every decade since their creation in 1938. That said, they surely brought a lot of excitement to the ’40s, when the original Toll House recipe was revealed.
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1950s: Cowboy Cookies

These cookies, packed with chocolate chips, coconut, pecans and oats, were often made during home economics classes in the ’50s. They had a resurgence in popularity in 2000, thanks to First Lady Laura Bush.
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1960s: Spritz Cookies

Though they’ve been popular in Scandinavian countries for much longer, spritz cookies took America by storm in the ’60s. Thanks to a recipe in a Betty Crocker cookbook, a kitchen wasn’t complete without a cookie press like this.
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1970s: Peanut Butter Blossoms

The delightful combination of peanut butter cookies and chocolate kisses was on every Christmas cookie platter in America during the ’70s, and for good reason. So good!
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1980s: Snickerdoodles

Just as Spandex and leg warmers were present in many closets in the ’80s, these cookies were a staple in many kitchens.
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1990s: Funfetti Cookies

Funfetti cake entered the scene in 1989, but it wasn’t until the ’90s that this cake mix was ingeniously used to make cookies. The colorful creation was a hit!
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2000s: Thin Mints

The most popular Girl Scout Cookies are Thin Mints, and they were all the rage in the 2000s, even making their way into other treats like Dairy Queen blizzards and Breyer’s ice cream.
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2010s: Macarons

These light and elegant French cookies captivated America in the 2010s, allowing dedicated bakers to be creative with flavors like strawberry cheesecake and salted caramel popcorn.

Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.