Can you believe it’s almost the end of 2023? This has been an exciting year for me as a first-time blogger. Our owner, Scott Phillips, has allowed me to pave my own way, which has been rewarding and fun. One of his favorite questions, is “are you having the best day ever”, so I decided the last blog of 2023 should make you smile. This leads us to a favorite holiday subject, dessert. As I mentioned in my January blog, life is too short to never have a cookie.
One story states this tradition started in the 1700s, when German settlers in Pennsylvania brought over the traditional unleavened, easy to store treat from Europe. Historians believe making and leaving cookies for Santa began during the great depression. It was a way for parents to encourage their children to give every year. The first cookies were sugar or spice.
No matter where or what you celebrate during this time of year, cookies are most likely on the menu. Do you have special memories around this delightful dessert? I remember making them with my gram, sisters, and cousins. Sampling raw batter against all recommendations happens annually as well as burning one tray of cookies. The best part is the wonderful aroma that fills the house for at least a day or more. Have you turned it into a family holiday activity? It’s a fabulous way to teach baking skills and at the same time create lasting memories.
Maybe you’re not partial to one type but love them all. I’m a fan of the old-fashioned chocolate chip cookie made from the Nestle® Toll House® recipe. Some people decorate elaborate sugar cookies or make gingerbread houses. Have you used the recipe with corn flakes and red hots to make Christmas wreaths?? Whatever you choose, make it from scratch and enjoy the magic of a time-honored tradition. Try chef Ken’s family recipe Chocolate Jumble Cookies dating back to the 1900’s in his hometown of Schoharie, NY. We wish you a very happy holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!!