(WFLA) — A new study by HelloFresh found that the cost of baking a batch of cookies for Christmas is joining the list of holiday traditions hurt by rising inflation.
They’re calling it the Christmas Cookie Price Index.
The study examined the cost of key ingredients for cookies, like butter, milk, eggs, flour, sugar and baking soda across 60 cities in the United States and 30 countries around the world. For the sake of the study, the methodology says a batch consists of 100 cookies made from a “classic butter cookie recipe.” More specifically, the study used this cookie recipe from John Kanell at Preppy Kitchen.
Of the 60 cities surveyed, the most expensive was San Diego where a single batch of cookies is expected to cost bakers $12.40.
Here are the top 10 most expensive U.S. cities to bake Christmas cookies in 2021, according to the study.
|City, State||Price (USD)|
|1. San Diego, California||$12.40|
|2. Burlington, Vermont||$12.08|
|3. Los Angeles California||$11.41|
|4. Salt Lake City, Utah||$11.40|
|5. Wilmington, Delaware||$10.00|
|6. Bridgeport, Connecticut||$9.92|
|7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin||$9.79|
|8. Phoenix, Arizona||$9.21|
|9. Detroit, Michigan||$9.00|
|10. Little Rock, Arkansas||$8.91|
On the other hand, the least expensive city for Christmas cookies was determined to be Charleston, South Carolina, where the cost of a batch is just $2.23.
Nashville comes in near the middle of the 60-city list at No. 35. Music City bakers can expect to pay around $6.65 for batch of 100 cookies. Nashville was the only Tennessee city in the survey.
Here are the 10 cheapest U.S. cities for cookie bakers, according to the study.
|City, State||Price (USD)|
|1. Charleston, South Carolina||$2.23|
|2. Charleston, West Virginia||$2.90|
|3. Des Moines, Iowa||$4.13|
|4. Portland, Maine||$4.62|
|5. Dallas, Texas||$4.76|
|6. Charlotte, North Carolina||$4.92|
|7. Lincoln Nebraska||$4.97|
|8. Albuquerque, New Mexico||$5.05|
|9. Cleveland, Ohio||$5.20|
|10. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||$5.20|
In addition to cities, the study ranked 30 countries by cost. The most expensive country for baking cookies, according to the results, is Sweden, where a baker’s batch is going to cost $12.84. The least expensive was Ecuador, where cookies are going to cost $3.50.
The average cost in the U.S. is $6.10, with America ranking as the 18th most expensive of the 30 countries in the HelloFresh study.
For bakers who want to test the cost-versus-cookie recipe at home, HelloFresh shared the ingredients and quantities used to make a batch.
- Flour: 2 pound bag
- Eggs: a box of 12 eggs
- Butter: 8 ounces
- Baking soda: 1 pound box
- Sugar: 2 pound bag
Just remember, these ingredients listed above were used to make a 100-cookie batch, so be prepared to share with friends and family.