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Wedding Cookies

Wedding Cookies

    Is it Youngstown, Ohio or Pittsburgh, PA where the cookie table at wedding receptions originated? We don't think anyone knows for sure. What we do know is they usually only appear in Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. For those of you who have no idea what we're talking about, imagine a wedding where there is an entire table (or more) of just cookies! It is not unheard of for there to be over 20 cookies per person attending. Questions from the reception hall staff include "Where will the cookie table go?" right with "Where will they cut the cake?".
   Credit for "The Cookie Table" is said to go to Italian and Eastern European immigrants who settled in this region. Another theory is that it started during the depression, when flashy wedding cakes were not as common. To reduce the burden and cost for just one family - mothers, grandmas,  aunts, and relatives go to work in the kitchen, baking and freezing cookies until the big day. So, why so many cookies? The tradition is not to try and eat 20+ cookies at the reception (although it sounds like a good time), but to send everyone home with a box of cookies. You bring cookies, eat them, and take some home... that is the tradition.
   Cookie tables in our region don't stop at weddings. They have made their way to graduations as well. And we can't remember a Christmas or Easter without all of these cookies. Any reason to gather with family and friends, and these cookies appear.
   Many have grown up in this region and moved away, and this tradition is hard to fulfill. Or for those who prefer Grandma not have to make 100 dozen cookies, that's where Butter Maid Bakery can help! We ship our wedding cookies anywhere in the United States.

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