In the mid-1990s, a group of schoolchildren in Pennsylvania decided that the state needed an official cookie. While the children suggested chocolate chip (because of Hershey, PA), many thought that sugar cookies offered more historical significance.

While the earliest cookies date back to the 7th century, German Protestant settlers in Pennsylvania first introduced sugar cookies in the 1700s. History suggests that they probably derived from an earlier, unleavened cookie called a jumble. A biscuit that gained popularity in Europe because of the fact that, as a non-leavened food, it could be dried and stored for many months. Jumbles traditionally are made of nuts, flour, eggs, and sugar, with vanilla, anise, or caraway seed used for flavoring.

Our Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies are a delicious example of modern sugar cookies!

Our Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies are a delicious example of modern sugar cookies!

The modern sugar cookie gained popularity in America sometime in the 1930s when it became traditional for children to leave sugar cookies and milk out for Santa on Christmas Eve. Because of how easy it is to cut and shape sugar cookie dough, custom cookies have become very popular.

The original name for cookies came from the Dutch word for “little cakes” (koekje) because cooks used a small amount of cake batter to test their oven temperature before baking a large cake. Today, preparation method plays an important role in how cookies are classified – drop, molded, pressed, refrigerated, bar or rolled.

While we prefer to roll our sugar cookies in order to create the delightful smiley treats customers have come to love,  other dropped, pressed and molded sugar cookie recipes abound. So, whether your taste buds scream out for chocolate chip cookies, our famous Smiley Face sugar cookies or one of our other fabulous gourmet treats, we can help you find the perfect gift for any occasion.

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