National Cookie Day
Talk about a post that writes itself! A quick glance through my recipes index gives us 18 cookie recipes, many Polish, many not. Our family’s love of cookies is apparent, and December 4th is the perfect time to share recipes for National Cookie Day! In time for you to plan your Christmas baking.
Our love of cookies goes way back. Many years ago when we were a young Air Force family, we attended a squadron Christmas party. Santa brought presents for the kids; there was a buffet table full of Christmas cookies.
I was a staying at home with our twins, taking college classes at night, I didn’t have much of a social life, so I didn’t really know most of the people there.
More concerned about what other people thought than I would be today, I was horrified to look down to see one of our three-year olds grabbing hands full of cookies and stuffing them in mouth. As I’m saying “no-no, one cookie at a time,” she quickly responded, “but mommy, I’m the Cookie Monster; me love cookies, num num num!”
Several decades later, when I asked the Cookie Monster’s twin sister what she would like for breakfast Christmas morning, her answer was, “homemade cookies!”
You should know that the Hazelnut Chocolate Chip cookies below also have bits of toffee, and they were the ones requested by our youngest daughter in a care package when she went to collage in Florida.
In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips!
Cookie Tables at Weddings
Have you ever been to a wedding in Pittsburgh or Youngstown, Ohio? I’ll bet there was a cookie table. It’s a great western PA tradition that dates back to Catholic weddings during the Great Depression. Today every wedding is expected to offer guests a grand assortment of cookies. If you aren’t familiar with the yummy concept, you can read more about it on this post from Tastecooking.com.
Our daughters have grown up in Arizona, but having enjoyed the cookie tables when their cousins married, I know that if there are weddings in our future, cookie tables will be expected.
I love the variety of cookies; there are so many options: drop cookies like chocolate chips, bar cookies or tray bakes as they’re called in other parts of the world, rolled cookies like pierniczki the famous Polish gingerbread cookie.
Pierniczki is so well-known and popular that there are shops selling nothing but pierniczki, plain pierniczki, jam filled pierniczki, chocolate covered pierniczki, and my favorite marzipan filled and chocolate covered pierniczki, all presented with a variety of packing and gift box ideas.
The great thing about cookies is that they’re small, so you can sample more than one kind. Whatever you choose, I hope you and yours will enjoy these recipes for National Cookie Day.
Polish cookie recipes
All my other cookie recipes
An accountant by trade and a food blogger since 2009, Lois Britton fell in love with Polish cuisine during the years she lived in Poznań, Poland. As the creator of PolishHousewife.com, she loves connecting readers with traditional Polish recipes. Lois has a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Polish Housewife Cookbook, available on Amazon and on her website.