‘Sweet’ home Alabama has a new state symbol

Alabama (WHNT) — Rammer Jammer, Yellowhammer, you are the new state cookie of Alabama.

Governor Kay Ivey today signed House Bill 421 (HB421) making the “Yellow Hammer Cookie” the state’s official cookie.

Yellow Hammer Cookies contain pecans and peanuts, both of which are recognized as historically and agriculturally important crops in Alabama. According to HB421, peanuts are the state legume, and pecans, native to Alabama, are the state’s official nut.

It also contains other state-related ingredients such as oats and honey.

Early Friday morning, Ivey’s office announced that 4th grader and recipe creator Mary-Claire Cook brought cookies to the governor as a treat while he signed the bill.

according to al.comCook worked with her grandmother to create the recipe and was deemed the best cookie among 25 other cookies submitted by her classmates at Trinity Presbyterian School. She confirmed that the recipe included several ingredients relevant to the state.

of The class was reportedly studying state symbols When they realized that the state didn’t have an officially named cookie, they all set out to make one.

HB421 is sponsored by state representatives Reed Ingram (Republican Montgomery) and passed in the Senate by state senators Will Burfoot (R-Pike Road). It passed 103-0 in the state House and 35-0 in the state Senate.

“Sweet Home Alabama is officially a little sweeter!” Ivey said after signing the bill into law.

This cookie joined many creations, including yellowfin tuna, camellia flowers, and the song “Alabama.” Other official state symbols.

A complete recipe for Yellow Hammer Cookies by Mary Claire can be found below. Now you can make her 24 cookies.


  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups melted and slightly cooled butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups quick-cook oats
  • 24 pecan halves


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Baking and assembly:

  1. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a bowl and mix.
  2. In another bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, combine butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Add flour mixture and stir well.
  3. Add the oats and continue to mix until well combined.
  4. Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Form dough into 48 1-1/2-inch balls and flatten. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with a cooking sheet. Place the pecan halves on top of the 24 cookies and this will be the top of the finished treat.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set.
  8. Make the filling. Combine peanut butter, honey, butter and powdered sugar and beat for about 3 minutes.
  9. Spread the filling between two cookies and top with the pecan-topped halves and sandwich them together.

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