COOKIES: A Southern Christmas Tradition

Dec 5 2012

by Kate Spears

The holidays are getting closer and one of my favorite things about this time of year is the sweet treats. Of course saying no to some of the treats is also one of my least favorite things, but it’s a necessary evil if I want my pants to fit.

Notice how I didn’t say that baking sweet treats was my favorite thing? I’m not a baker. I love to cook, but baking has never been a talent of mine. I think this is because baking is more of a science and I like to improvise too much while cooking.

This weekend I attended a wonderful event at a local church in my town that made my lack of baking skills a moot point: a cookie walk. A fundraiser for the church, the cookie walk involved inviting the public to buy a box for $10 and then stuff it with as many cookies as would fit.

I’m guessing all the talented bakers in the church made the cookies and there was every flavor and kind of holiday cookie imaginable. After paying for our boxes, we were given plastic gloves and then ushered around a giant table covered with trays and trays of cookies. The only rule was that our boxes must be able to close, but as long as that was the case, we could grab as many cookies as the box would hold.

After inspecting my loot when I got home, I realized that my box held 30 different types of cookie! I could never made this many varieties of cookie for $10 so I felt like I definitely got my money’s worth. I was so impressed by how organized everything was at the event too. I think this type of event would make a wonderful fundraiser for any club or group…I’m even thinking it could be done around Valentine’s Day. Have you ever attended anything like this?

The only thing I wish had been different is that they’d held the event a bit closer to Christmas so there would be cookies to share with my family. At the rate we’re going now, those cookies will be long gone by December 25th!

Hope your December is off to a great start! Blessings during the season to you & yours!

To catch more of my adventures, visit my blog Southern Belle Simple where I share a daily dose of loveliness about life in the sweet south!


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Kate Spears is a self-proclaimed Southern belle who grew up in a tiny town near Nashville, but now calls Knoxville home. She graduated from the University of Tennessee (Big Orange Country!) with an undergraduate degree in art history and a master’s in public relations & advertising. In 2009, she started her blog, Southern Belle Simple, with the simple hope of giving herself a creative outlet. She continues to be amazed each time it leads to a new opportunity and cherishes the relationships that are formed along the way.

Kate is passionate about family history, time-honored traditions, and her Southern heritage. Her people hail from across the South, from the Lone Star State of Texas to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. She grew up spending summers on her great-grandparents’ Tennessee farm where she developed a deep appreciation and admiration for people who could coax beautiful and delicious things out of a mound of dirt. She comes from faithful men, devoted women, hard workers and wickedly good cooks.

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  1. amberwilson

    I adore the tradition of Christmas sweets! My traditions start in November with salted caramels, candy cane ice cream, and homemade peanut butter cups! They are all gone before Christmas morning, but I don’t hear any grumbling when I offer to make more before New Years!

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