Celebrating the #CommunityCookie

By / Photography By Marcela Diaz | December 12, 2014
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The holidays, to me, are marked with the smell of cinnamon, ginger and cloves. I come from a family of devout bakers and patriotic Swedes. Yule is our time to shine.

It was almost a right of passage when one of the Carlson, Daubersmith, Fitzgerald or Crowell women (taking of names was a constantly shifting matter of opinion in our family,) opened my great-grandmother Vivian Hornell’s (Farmar’s) hand-typed, cloth-bound binder and began to prepare the Pepparkokar. Pepparkokar, for those who don’t know, is a Swedish spice cookie that seduces eaters into never letting a single crumb or lump of dough go to waste.

Vivian Hornell - known in the family as Farmar - created a legacy in the form of a cookie. Not a Christmas has gone past without the almost ritual act of preparing Pepparkokar. The notes she left for us to decipher were so simple – a list of ingredients and a few general suggestions – it is no surprise that each batch of cookies turns out slightly different.

Photo 1: Great Grandma Vivian dressed in traditional clothes
Photo 2: Grandma Ann Crowell baking this Christmas

Everyone has these stories, particularly during the times of the year when weather is harsh and the sunlight seems to fade before you’ve had a chance to welcome the day. Cookies and baking bring families together like so many other food stories.

Below you will find my family recipes for Pepparkokar, literally translated to “spice cookie.” This is the first in our effort to bring together an already vibrant food community, and this is your chance to share a little piece of our family history.

Participate in #CommunityCookie:

Whether you bake your great grandmother’s traditional family cookie or reflect on fond memories baking with the family of your best friend or current partner, we want to see your cookies. Post your holiday cookie photos on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter, tagging @edibleseacoast / #communitycookie. Spread the word and encourage your friends to vote by liking your picture.

We will select the three submissions that get the most likes by December 22 and bake, photograph and feature the recipes on the EdibleSeacoast.com.

Encourage your friends. Share the story of your cookie. Learn more about your community and get involved!

Article from Edible New Hampshire at http://ediblenewhampshire.ediblecommunities.com/what-cook/celebrating-communitycookie
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