I’m Thankful for Cookies – Day 8

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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.


Honey Lebkuchen


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?


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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

You have that right Jeff Dowler.

I love all the holiday goodies that start to appear at this time of year. 

Nov 22, 2016 10:34 PM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Jeff.  This sure sounds like a wonderful tradition.  And, I agree, your cookies must be the best.

Nov 23, 2016 04:10 AM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Jeff.  Interesting you should write about this today as our Christmas party the theme is  cookie exchange.  It will all take place on December 10th.  I'm ready to see all the offerings that will be there.

Nov 23, 2016 04:26 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

What a wonderful story Jeff Dowler - I particulary like the special time you get to spend with your grand-daughter.  Time honored family traditions help to build memories we hold forever.

Nov 23, 2016 04:27 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Jeff,

Just like the "Cookie Monster" did someone say cookies!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 23, 2016 04:55 AM #7
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Jeff Dowler ,

I love family traditions..they are always something to look forward to. We have a German tradition..I have a green pickle ornament that after all presents are open the grand-kids leave the room and I hang it on the tree. They are all lead out and stand in front of the tree..the first one to find it gets an extra gift. So much fun and the kids are always making sure I've the pickle ornament ready!

Nov 23, 2016 05:22 AM #8
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Jeff, what a sweet tradition (no pun intended!). Loved this story and I bet the tradition will continue into your great-grandchildren's generation, as well.

Nov 23, 2016 05:31 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I remember that my Mom would bake 10-12 different types of cookies and I always loved tasting them fresh out of the oven!

Nov 23, 2016 05:39 AM #10
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

What a lovely tradition Jeff Dowler, in my home those cookies would not last long with my husband around

Nov 23, 2016 06:22 AM #11
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I could sure use some samples to test them out Jeff Dowler 

Nov 23, 2016 06:45 AM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Endre Barath, Jr.  wish I had time this weekend - it will be very short - less than 24 hours visiting the grandkids. Have a wonderful holiday!

Tammy Lankford,  - but the best is a tradition of cookies! We have a number of fmaily traditions around the holidays - types of food, etc. Always enjoyable.


Nov 23, 2016 07:26 AM #13
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Even though I don't eat cookies anymore, you made me smile a great big smile. Cookies were something I loved and my thinking of my grandma now and how good hers tasted. 

Enjoy all the cookies you can and don't leave any crumbs! Thanks for the smiles!

Nov 23, 2016 07:42 AM #14
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Jeff -- Resist, I say, Resist!   I love cookies too....Resist.  Resist.   Thank you for sharing one of your not-so-guilty pleasures.  

Nov 23, 2016 07:51 AM #15
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

These are the very best recipes.  Those that are passed down always make us think of the folks who created the magic previously.  I pulled out an old one this morning as well for candle cookies.  That is what I will be doing later this morning.  I might even take a photo and blog about them.

Nov 23, 2016 08:56 AM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing your cookie making traditions. I was not craving cookies until I read your blog. 

Nov 23, 2016 09:33 AM #17
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I wondered what kind of cookies those were. I've never heard of honey lebkuchen until now and I am half German. LOL. Our Christmas cookies came from a cookie press and were decorated with colored sugar or little silver balls.

Nov 23, 2016 09:55 AM #18
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Jeff - You've got my mouth watering. My grandmother used to make lebkuchen, and I haven't tasted one for years, but I still remember them.

Nov 23, 2016 12:42 PM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

I love them too Noah Seidenberg  TOo much - I tend to eat far more than I should!

Gabe Sanders  - it's a wonderful tradition and I love how our kids like to still make them, and now the grandkids are interested. And they ARE the best...I don't care WHAT my family says!


Nov 23, 2016 05:24 PM #20
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That is a wonderful tradition. I used to make several types of cookies at Christmas and loved sharing them with friends. Now I don't need them in the house. My husband would eat most of them. 

Nov 23, 2016 07:29 PM #21
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Cookies are not a part of the Thanksgiving Day meal at our house more for Christmas, but I will never say no to a great chocolate chip cookie.  Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 24, 2016 06:30 AM #22
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