Many of us love to bake, exchange, and eat Christmas cookies. But how many of us know the history behind this time-honored tradition?
Let’s go back about 1,000 years to Medieval Europe where the practice of baking cookies at Christmastime originated.
As you can imagine, sugar was a precious commodity in those times. People commonly used honey or molasses as a sweetener in their baking.
When Christmastime rolled around, other ingredients and spices were used to make rich and delicious cookies.
Today, spiced cookies remain a traditional Christmas sweet.
Gingerbread was the first “spicy” cookie to be recognized as a Christmas cookie. It retains its popularity as Gingerbread Men and Gingerbread Houses make their appearance throughout the holiday season.
In Sweden, the preferred cookie was Papparkakor, a spicy ginger, and pepper treat.
Pfeffernuesse, a German cookie made with honey, molasses, and spices was an old favorite and was one of the traditional cookies served at all of my family’s childhood Christmas Eve gatherings.
Krumkake, thin lemon and cardamon wafers were the favorites in Norway.
Today there are many different cookies synonymous with Christmas with the sugar cookie being one of the most versatile for rolling and cutting into various holiday shapes.
Don’t have time to bake? But want something homemade? These semi-homemade no-bake cookies are quick and easy to prepare and are sure to please.
They are excellent for:
- cookie exchanges
- a last-minute sweet treat for the office party.
Don’t be put off by their appearance; once cut they make a much better presentation. They’re rich and delicious and so simple to make! Invite the kids and grandkids join in the fun.
3 Ingredient Oreos No-Bake Cookies and Cream
What you will need:
- 1 (14 oz.) bag of Oreo cookies
- 8 cubes of white chocolate bark
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1. Crush the Oreos in a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, whip out a rubber mallet. Put the Oreos in a plastic bag and start pounding away. This can be a great way to relieve some holiday stress.
2. Heat the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat. Stir occasionally.
3. When chocolate is melted, stir the crushed Oreos into the mixture. Blend well. Turn the mixture onto a flat surface covered with waxed paper. Let set and when firm, cut into squares.
I hope you all enjoy this wonderful season.
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