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The History of Christmas Cookies

November 27, 2018

The holiday season is upon us, and we can practically smell the aroma of fresh baked cookies wafting through the air. Beyond being a delicious holiday treat, Christmas cookies are part of many family traditions, and have a rich history to boot!  

If you’ve ever wondered why we bake certain cookies each season, or why we leave the good stuff out for Santa, it’s time to enroll in Christmas Cookie History 101! Before you rummage through your kitchen cabinets for your favorite cookie cutters and baking supplies, indulge in these five fun facts about Christmas cookies!

 

Treats for Jolly St. Nick

The practice of putting out cookies for Santa began in the 1930s during the Great Depression when parents were trying to instill a sense of thankfulness in their children. Leaving goodies, perhaps in sweet cookie jar from Cheryl’s, continues to be a small way of sharing the holiday bounty. Some families even extend the giving to the storied animals, leaving carrots or apples out for Santa’s reindeer!

Spice, Spice Baby

When unusual aromatics like nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger became more widely available in Europe in the Middle Ages, they were put to good use at holiday baking time. It became traditional to combine butter and sugar—which cost a pretty penny back then—with these prized spices once a year at Christmas. Bakers today include nutmeg and molasses in holiday desserts, particularly in gingerbread cookies—one of the most widely baked seasonal treats. Cheryl’s includes this popular variety in the assorted holiday tin!

Sweet as Sugar

Along with gingerbread, simple sugar cookies have become another staple on Christmas dessert trays, a tradition that started in the 1700s. At this time, German settlers in Pennsylvania may have brought over the traditional unleavened, easy-to-store treat from Europe. Pliable sugar cookie dough is easy to roll and cut into shapes, which adds to its popularity at Christmas time today.

 

Frosting Versus Icing

Whether you spread thick pastel layers or use a delicate white glaze on your cut-outs and gingerbread, Christmas just isn’t the same without lots of frosting (or icing, depending on where you live). Decorating cookies with frosting began in the 1600s with a mixture of sugar and egg whites that topped cakes; once cooled, it looked just like ice. Today, the buttercream variety is very popular, and can be found on Cheryl’s frosted cookies in every holiday shade.

A Cut Above

Cookies have long been molded and shaped, but using cutters likely began after Queen Elizabeth I decided she wanted gingerbread specially made to look like her honored guests. Tin cookie cutters made stamping out little men easier (and faster), though later these tools were made from aluminum, plastic, and copper. Today, many families have an assortment of seasonal cookie cutters and look forward to using them at the holidays.

Reading about Christmas cookies is a good start, but you should really enjoy some first hand to further advance your studies. Fire up the oven with these Christmas cookie recipes, or check out Cheryl’s wide assortment of holiday cookies and treats for a truly educational experience!

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What we’re baking right now

October 9, 2018

As the weather cools down, our ovens warm up!
Read on for recipes, tips and info on our new fall flavors.

There are certain flavors that just scream “fall” and they’re not ALL pumpkin spice. Our bakery chef and her team have whipped up five scrumptious autumnal cookies that you’ll want to keep in your cookie jar for parties, after-school snacks, quick-and-easy desserts, tailgating and more.

PEANUT BUTTER-FROSTED BUCKEYE COOKIE

Loaded with chocolate chips and mini peanut butter cups, these rich chocolate and peanut butter cookies are topped with peanut butter buttercream frosting and even more peanut butter cups.

PEANUT BUTTER-FROSTED BUCKEYE BROWNIE

Want something a little denser, and ooey-gooey-er with the same great flavor as out Peanut Butter-Frosted Buckeye Cookie? Our brownie of the same name is also topped with creamy peanut butter buttercream and mini peanut butter cups, but has that fudgy, luscious texture only a brownie can provide.

BUTTERCREAM-FROSTED MAPLE WHITE CHOCOLATE COOKIE

Our autumn-inspired cookie batter is made with real maple syrup, and baked with premium maple-flavored white chocolate chips inside. We frost the finished cookies with creamy maple buttercream and sprinkle with more maple chips. The result is a soft and tender cookie with just a tiny bit of toothiness.

CHOCOLATE CHIP “BROOKIE”

We say, when you can’t decide, have both. Our “brookie” features a rich, chocolate chip-laden fudge brownie topped with a chewy chocolate chip cookie. It’s two desserts in one!

PUMPKIN FUDGE BAR


The base of this indulgent treat is a fudgy chocolate chip brownie. We top it with a layer of pumpkin spice cake, then finish it with a sprinkle of raw sugar for sparkle and sweet crunch. A true original!
A boo-tiful sight to behold.

LAST-MINUTE HALLOWEEN PARTY HACKS

TABLE TOPPERS

By the time you’ve gotten the costumes and the candy ready, the last thing on your mind is the table for the trick-or-treat after party. No worries. We’ve got you covered. Our Halloween Cookie Jars not only come with delicious cookies inside, they also make great party table centerpieces. Just set one down in the middle of the table, put out the cookies and some cups or mugs, and you’ve got everything you need.

       

GOBBLE STOPPERS

Don’t want the kids to dive into the candy the minute they get home? Give them something better to do. Our Halloween Cut-out Cookie Decorating Kit is a fun party activity with sweet rewards.

PULL ALL THE PUNCHES

Orange + Purple = BLACK. For a quick and creepy punch everyone will love, add one package of orange powdered drink mix and one package of grape powdered drink mix to one liter of ginger ale and stir. Then add three quarts of cold water and two cups of white sugar, and add ice.

Here are some great recipes from our bakery chef!

Cheryl’s Maple White Chocolate Cinnamon Cake Balls

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Yield: 24 cake pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen 1.6 oz Maple White Chip Cookies
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 10 oz white chocolate melting wafers
  • Parchment Paper
  • Sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, mix broken pieces of the Maple White Cinnamon Cookies and water.
  2. Blend until you can form into a ball. Slowly add more water if needed.
  3. Scoop dough into balls that measure approximately 1 ½” and place on a tray lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 1 hour.
  4. While the truffles are firming up in the freezer, melt the white chocolate wafers according to the directions on the package.
  5. Dip each of the firm truffles in the melted white chocolate, using a fork to allow excess chocolate to drip back into the melting bowl. Place the enrobed truffle back on the tray.
  6. Add sprinkles while white chocolate is still wet
  7. Place completed truffles in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until completely dry.
  8. ENJOY!

Cheryl’s Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 14 minutes
Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 24 Cheryls Peanut Butter Doughballs, Thawed for 20 minutes
  • 24 Hershey Kisses

 Instructions:

  1. Roll each thawed doughball into granulated sugar.
  2. Bake 12 Peanut Butter Doughballs according to the directions on the box
    (340 degrees for 14 minutes).
  3. Remove from the oven and place an unwrapped Hershey kiss in the center of each warm cookie.
  4. Let Cool for 20 minutes on cooling rack.
  5. ENJOY!

 

Cheryl’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 14 minutes
Yield: 24 cookie cups

Ingredients:

  • 24 Cheryl’s Peanut Butter Dough Balls, thawed for 20 minutes
  • 24 mini muffin liners
  • 24 Miniature Reese Cups

Instructions:

  1. Line the mini muffin pan with muffin liners
  2. Roll the doughball into a ball and place into each mini muffin cup
  3. Bake according to directions on the box (340 degrees for 14 minutes/ovens vary)
  4. Remove from the oven and add in a single buckeye into each cup.
  5. Allow 20 minutes on cooling rack before serving.
  6. ENJOY!
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5 Fun Activities to Celebrate National Siblings Day

April 10, 2013

Happy Face Bow Gift BoxesIt’s April 10, and you know what that means: It’s National Siblings Day! Today we celebrate our brothers and sisters, who are always there to help us, laugh with us and, yes, occasionally torture us. We know your lifelong relationship is like no other, and no one can bring a smile to your face quite like they do. So to thank them for being the awesome siblings that they are, try one of these fun National Siblings Day activities!

Recreate your childhood pictures.

Have some awkward throwback photos with your sibling? Yep, we all do! Instead of burying them where no human eyes can ever see them again, why not have some fun with them on National Siblings Day? Grab your bro or sis and wear the same geeky, outdated outfits that you’re wearing in the photo (suspenders and all). Then strike the same pose that you did as kids, and smile for the camera. Now you have the same exact picture as kids and as adults! You’re guaranteed to have some wild laughs when you see how much you’ve both changed over the years.

Be kids for a day.

No matter how old you and your siblings get, you’ll always be kids at heart—especially when you’re hanging out together. So have some fun on National Siblings Day and relive your carefree childhood days. Do something you both loved doing together as youngsters, like playing video games, going to the amusement park or battling each other in laser tag. There’s nothing wrong with a little laid-back bro time!

Enjoy a girls’ or guys’ night out.

Sometimes ladies need a good no-boys-allowed talk with their sisters—and the same goes for guys and their brothers too. Some things just can’t be said to siblings of the opposite sex! So if you want to get real personal with your sib, bond with each other over a girly or manly activity. Ladies: Hair and nail salons are the best places to catch up on gossip with your sis. Fellas: Enjoy a good bro talk over beers at a bar or sporting event.

Test how well you know each other.

Your siblings know exactly how to make you laugh—and especially how to make you tick. (Chances are they used both against you while you were growing up!) So how much fun would it be to see just how well they know you? Put your brotherhood to the test and challenge each other to a game of trivia. Ask each other questions about your deepest, darkest secrets. If you know each other inside-out like you think you do, none of you should have trouble getting the answers right. And if there’s something you don’t know, well, you’ll learn it now!

Have a sleepover.

Remember the good old days when you and your siblings would stay up late on the weekends to watch movies and chow down on snacks? You can still do that as an adult! Host a National Siblings Day sleepover at your house: Grab some cookies and other sweet treats, and have your brothers and sisters bring over their favorite DVDs or funny home videos for an all-night marathon … grown-up style!

What other fun activities do you have planned for National Siblings Day?