Christmas is upon us. But what is Christmas without the Christmas cookie? What is the history of it and how long did it take to make our favorite cookies every year?
The history of the Christmas cookie goes back way before 1703.
The origin of the cookie itself comes from the recipes of Medieval Europe. It’s been stated that the gingerbread cookie was the first flavor to be associated with Christmas. It was then known as Lebkuchen. By the year 1500 cookie recipes had spread all throughout Europe. New variations such as Spritz cookies came into existence. But the Dutch are considered to be the first to bring Christmas cookies to the United States in the 17th century.
The Renaissance period featured a variety of cookie recipes. The industrial revolution saw the beginning of manufactured cookies for the mass crowds.
In the year 1871 cookie cutters became available for purchase. The tradition of leaving milk and cookies out for Santa Claus began in the United States during the 1930’s.
So with a little history of Christmas cookies as well as leaving them for Santa, remember how much fun it is today by being able to make and enjoy them in all shapes and decorations for all ages alike.
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