Today is day 20 of the Submissive Advent Calendar. If you missed yesterday’s post you can go back to that now, or rewind all the way to the beginning. You can also read the introduction post.

Let's enjoy the holidays today! Get all your supplies to make a batch of your favorite Christmas cookies. It's not the time to go crazy with lots of different kinds. Just focus on one flavor today. Enjoy the whole process of mixing and chilling, spooning, baking and decorating. Savor the smells of the house as they bake and the wonderful taste of sweet results.

A History of the Christmas Cookie

The History of the Christmas Cookies goes back to 10,000 years ago when the Neolithic farmers used to bake food comprising of grain, water paste on hot stones and the cookies are believed to be the descendants of this food. Cookies are said to be the result of a devised plan associated with practicality.

The origin of the cookies lies in the Medieval European recipes. Lebkuchen (gingerbread) was probably the first cake/cookie to be traditionally related with Christmas. Cookies spread all over Europe by 1500.Therefore every house made or baked cookies in great amounts, which were either Lebkuchen or buttery Spritz Cookies. The people of Sweden preferred Papparkakor (spicy ginger and black pepper delights), while the Norwegians took to the liking of Krumkake (thin lemon and cardamom-scented wafers). So it is seen that the cookies of one place were different in form and shape from another.

The Dutch people brought along with them the earliest Christmas Cookies. Thus began the art of making delicious cookies. The word Cookies which comes from the Dutch word Koeptje , meaning small cake, was first used by the people of the Persian Empire of the 7th century AD. The recipe books of the Renaissance period had abundant recipes dealing with Cookies. As a result of the industrial revolution, cookies began to get manufactured in factories. Christmas Carnivals offers more information on the history of Christmas Cookies and Christmas Celebrations worldwide.

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What are your favorite Christmas Cookie? Would you share the recipe?