One of my favorite new traditions as a mom is the introduction of “Cookie Day.” On this most calorie-laden of days, all the ladies in my family (usually including – but not limited to – my mother, grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law, and sister, as well as our children who range in age from 5 years to 1 month) get together to bake and exchange cookies.
Usually, our choices are pretty standard. My mother is known for her chocolate chip cookies (Nestle’s Toll House recipe) and her pizzelles.
Pizzelles are a traditional Italian cookie that originates from the Abruzzo region of Italy. It is popular among Italian families at Christmas, Easter, and weddings. According to Wikipedia, it is one of the oldest cookies.
Even though we are not even a little Italian, these delicate, anise-flavored cookies are a huge hit in our house.
This year, I will be baking a ginger cookie (ginger is my new obsession) and attempting for the second year in a row Peanut Butter Blossoms. Last year, I made a critical error that led to much mockery of my baking skills. This year, I’m determined to erase that memory with a perfect cookie.
What cookies do you enjoy making during the holidays? Does it have a special cultural significance for you and your family?