Happy National Cookie Day!
What comes to mind when you think of Christmas cookies? Golden sugar cookies cut in festive shapes and topped with colorful frosting? Warm gingerbread men with icing smiles? Baking cookies filling your home with that wonderful aroma? Leaving a plate of cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve and finding only crumbs on Christmas morning?
Baking cookies at Christmastime is a tradition that traces its roots all the way back to medieval times, when fruits and spices such as ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg made their way from the east to western Europe, where the beginnings of modern Christmas celebrations were just starting to take shape.
Those confections probably looked and tasted very different than the elaborate creations that home cooks bake these days. With ready access to so many ingredients and thousands of available recipes, the possibilities for Christmas cookie baking are seemingly endless.
At Silver Dollar City, we’re pretty big fans of the cookie as evidenced by the delicious varieties available at two bakeries – Eva & Delilah’s & Sullivan’s Mill. Talented bakers at both locations craft a variety of delectable cookies fresh each day. Sullivan’s Mill is also headquarters for cookie baking essentials including the nation’s largest selection of cookie cutters.
Tomorrow we’ll be continuing the celebration with a special recipe for Silver Dollar City’s own famous Ginger Molasses Cookies!