It is this time of the year when the Christmas spirit is all around – candles, Christmas trees, candy canes, Mistletoe and the Kissing Ball, and of course, Christmas cookies. People around the world make different kinds of cookies. The Norwegians make Fattigmann, deep fried dough cookies, while the Mexicans and Spanish make biscochitos.
Cookies add sweetness to the Christmas celebrations and symbolize family tradition. We associate cookies with the scents, sounds, and sights of this joyous time of the year. Especially with the scents. Cookie recipes include ingredients such as black cocoa, extreme vanilla, and decorating sugars offered in shades like sunflower, periwinkle, raspberry, and marigold. Black cocoa adds a rich, deep flavor to cookies while vanilla has a superb floral aroma. Cookie recipes include ingredients that enrich the flavor of the holiday season.
The first cookies are said to symbolize redemption. Today, we associate cookies with the traditional Christmas atmosphere, light and sound shows, outdoor Christmas markets, and an abundance of fairy lights.
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