I’m Thankful for Cookies – Day 8
Debbie Reynolds is sponsoring the 10-day Thanksgiving Post Challenge, that began this past Tuesday November 15 and ends Thanksgiving Day, offering opportunities to share why we are thankful and for what! There are some wonderful posts that have been written, so be sure to take time to read and comment on what others are thankful for!
In this day and age you are probably thinking about online cookies that track you. I get that. But no…
I’m talking about being thankful for good old fashioned cookies. And family tradition.
Although I have a prodigious sweet tooth, the real point of this thankful post is about a cookie recipe passed down through the family on my wife’s German side for generations, and a tradition we have continued for many years.
I was introduced to the family tradition when Kay and I first started dating, then lived together in Ohio. Her Mom was a wonderful cook and the holidays were a particularly joyful time for cooking and baking in the home in Michigan. The family tradition involves making Honey Lebkuchen, about 15 dozen cookies give or take per the recipe, created over the Thanksgiving holiday and left to season in canisters for several weeks to allow the flavors to develop before indulging.
A big part of the tradition is the cookie making which can involve the whole family. We have been making them personally for 38 years (not a year has been missed) and it was a wonderful time with our 2 girls when growing up to have them help put the blanched almond on each cookie before baking, then glazing them once they came out of the oven. In addition to having a wonderful flavor after they sit for a while, they are a joy to share with family and friends…and hopefully they last until Christmas Day and a bit beyond.
The tradition, of course, means that everyone in our family typically makes them and there is some rivalry about who makes the best ones. We, unlike some family members…they know who they are…do not cut corners and follow the recipe religiously, so ours, naturally, are indisputably the best. Ask anyone in the family.
The tradition has continued, and now that we have a granddaughter old enough to enjoy cookie making, we spend part of the Thanksgiving holiday in LA making cookies with her…this will be our third year…and perhaps she’ll allow her younger brother to be involved this year. It’s our special time with her and we love watching the creativity and the fun she has, even despite departure from the traditional cookie shape.
We have some other traditions but this is one I am most thankful for because of the family, and because of sharing. We’ve had friends over a number of times to make them as well when our kids left the house, and I can’t imagine a Thanksgiving, or a Christmas without our family tradition.
Are there any special traditions that you enjoy?