It’s the week of Christmas. Your family gathers in the kitchen, baking utensils scattered around the countertops. Bowls of icing in a variety of colors cover your table. The smell of fresh baked sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies wafts through the air. It’s the holiday season and with less than 15 days until Christmas, we’re here to help you come up with your final baking list.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane with these timeless cookie classics from around the world.
The Italian pizzelle cookie is a family favorite. The waffle cookie can be hard or crispy, or soft and chewy depending on your family recipe. It is known as the world’s oldest cookie and may have been created by the ancient Roman crustulum.
Italian Sprinkle Cookies
The Italian sprinkle cookies are a delightful holiday treat. Popular in many Italian-American bakeries, these cookies are not just a dessert, but they also bring families together.
Check out the Italian Sons and Daughters of America’s recipe to try this holiday season.
Sugar Cookies – A Pennsylvania Holiday Tradition
The soft and chewy sugar cookie we know and love today actually originated in Pennsylvania in the 1700s by German Protestant settlers in the Nazareth colony. They were first made into shapes of a keystone, but then morphed into circles and now today, cutout shapes.
Though recipes may vary, common ingredients are sugar, flour, butter, eggs, and baking powder. Need a sugar cookie recipe? Check out this one by Alton Brown.
Run, run as fast as you can! Did you know that it wasn’t until the 15th century that gingerbread became the popular dessert we know today? In Medieval England, the word gingerbread was related to preserved ginger.
Over time, fancy decorated gingerbread cookies became popular and more synonymous to the treat we know today.
Fun fact: The world’s largest gingerbread house was built in Bryan, Texas in 2013.
The German classic cookies known as spritzgeback translates to mean “spray” or “squirt” since the cookies are pressed or piped into an elaborate design.
Often, recipes are passed on among family members over generations. In the United States, these cookies became known as simply spritz cookies.
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