Gingerbread cookies: A centuries-old Christmas tradition
The first recipe — Gingerbread Fancies — are pretty decorated cut-out Christmas cookies with that famous warm gingerbread flavor. We also found a slightly different recipe for gingerbread cookies with a fall spice blend that tastes like holidays.
Gingerbread Fancies Christmas cookies (1959)
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Classic gingerbread cookie recipes (1953)
Clinton Daily Journal and Public (Clinton, Illinois) December 1, 1956
There’s something special in the air these days and it is a warm, spicy fragrance — a redolent indication that Christmas is not far away.
In home ovens throughout the land, cookies for the cookie jar and cookies for the yule tree are baking. Decorating trees with cookies is a delightful old-fashioned, Old World tradition. Since the days of Martin Luther, the residents of Europe have baked cookies in assorted shapes and sizes to give touch of gaiety and color to their holiday trees…
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In Belgium, for example, the dough is baked in the forms of angels and Santa Claus, and in Moravia, in the shape of animals and birds. The cookies have a variety of flavors — anise, almond, cardamom, mace, nutmeg, and even black pepper.
The most popular of all Christmas cookies, however, are those flavored with ginger. Fragrant and crisp, gingerbread cookies are as much a part of the yule season as the tree itself.
Recipe from the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph (Pennsylvania) December 10, 1953