It's the most wonderful (smelling!) time of the year! Here at KP Creek, we love baked goods, especially those of the sweet variety. As the holiday draws nearer, cookie swaps and parties have our kitchens bursting with Christmas cookies. We've compiled a list of our team's favorite cookies -- do you see any of yours below?
Thumbprint cookies, or "hallongrotta," are holiday classics. In Swedish, "hallongrotta" translates to "raspberry cave." Traditionally, these round cookies are made with butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, and jam or a preserve filling.
Sugar cookies may be the most ubiquitous treat of the holiday season -- they are in our office, where three of our staffers named them their personal favorite. Historically, these sweets can be traced to a colonial tradition called "mumming," in which stories were acted out using food as an illustration. These cookies were called "Yule dows" or "Yule dollies," and were often shaped like baby Jesus.
Gingerbread cookies have a storied history in many countries. The Greeks, Chinese, and Europeans all had early versions of this popular cookie. Queen Elizabeth I is said to have popularized the tradition of decorating gingerbread cookies after she had some of the treats decorated to look like visiting dignitaries.
Legend has it that these delicious treats have an Ohio origin! Allegedly, a home cook wanted to bake peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, but had no chocolate chips in her kitchen. Her solution? Place a Hershey's kiss atop each cookie. She later entered her recipe into a baking contest (which she lost).
No bake cookies
No bake cookies may not be considered a traditional holiday cookie, but they are quick, easy, and delicious -- especially during busy holiday months! Often called "preacher cookies," there are other colloquial names for these goodies, such as "cow pies." The term "preacher cookie" was aptly given by housewives whose families were visited unexpectedly by their preacher. The cookies could be made quickly with items almost always kept on-hand.
What about you?
Tell us, what is YOUR favorite cookie this time of year? Is there a recipe you can't live without? Leave us a comment below and let us know!
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| Hailey | resident KP Creek blogger, web writer, dog lover.
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