Cookies are a dessert past time in America, with 95% of households indulging in them on a regular basis. And no matter where you are in the world, it's likely that the culture and country you're living in has cookie flavors that are beloved region-wide. After all, cookies have been around for centuries with different iterations and under different names. Cookes even earned their name from a Dutch term that means "little cake." Want to know more interesting facts about the cookie recipes you know and love? Read on to find out: America has a cookie obsession. While you may already know this, perhaps these statistics will shock you. Did you know that Americans consume over 200 billion cookies per year? When you break it down, that equals to 300 cookies for each person! And in an American's lifetime, they will eat 35,000 cookies -- half of which are chocolate chip cookies. Christmas traditions center around cookies Who knows Santa Claus' favorite food? Yes, the answer is cookies. Santa loves cookies so much, that estimates suggest that he eats 336,150,386 cookies on Christmas Eve! Cookies break records The biggest cookie would take thousands and thousands of people to eat. According to the Cookie Elf, the biggest cookie was made in 2003 by Immaculate Baking Company is Flat Rock, NC. It weighed over 40,000 pounds and was 102 feet wide! Regions in the United States have specialty cookies In 1989, New Mexico named the bizcochito their official cookie. This is a shortbread biscuit cookies with anise and topped with sugar. Massachusetts, on the other hand, adopted the chocolate chip cookie as its state cookie, due to the fact that it was invented in Massachusetts. Some cookies are downright strange The Unagi Pie is a specialty cookie in Japan where cookies are made with fresh butter, crushed eel bones, eel extract, and garlic. That's not an entirely conventional cookie! Do you know any interesting cookie facts? Let us know in the comments below!