Where and How Did the Holiday Cookie Tradition Begin?

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Q: Where did the tradition of baking a zillion cookies at the holidays start?

I know it happens every year, and it seems to have spread far and wide, but I would love to know where it started, and why? What was its purpose or intent? Just to share, or…?

Sent by Aimee

Editor: Aimee, what a great question! Here are a couple of great resources on food history. Start here:

Christmas cookies – At The Food Timeline, a super resource for food history
History of Cookies – Cookie History – At What’s Cooking America

It’s really interesting to read how the invention of cookie cutters was responsible in part for the rise of popularity in these cookies. Products driving food trends — that’s still something we see today.

Readers, do you have any other thoughts or insights on this topic?

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