My Week on Wednesday and Ancestral Cookie Recipes

Join us each week for My Week on Wednesday to find out what Christine from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers has been doing all week and also to find some GREAT links about that week's THEME

Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday! The holiday season is in full swing… and I want to talk about cookies.

Most families have special cookie recipes… the sort of cookie that simply has to be baked before the winter holidays can really happen. And as I have been thinking about my own cookie recipes, and reading the blogs of some of my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers, I have realized that so many of us have gotten the recipe for that one special cookie from our mothers or grandmothers, or someone else whom we love. Many of them are unique to the countries from which our ancestors came.

So rather than than focus on the newer, fancier, sort of cookies, I have gone old-school here; back to the Old Country, back to Grandma’s kitchen and into dreamy childhood memories.

So many of these recipes have little stories behind them — a grandmother, a friend, someone special who taught the blogger how to make the cookies–that I wanted to share them to help keep the stories alive.

Plus a few updated recipes to include a gluten-free diet, or other restrictions.

Ancestral Cookie Recipes via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Ancestral Cookies

Ma Horton’s Molasses Cookies from The Farmer’s Lamp

Real Food Russian Tea Cakes from Yearning & Learning

Real Food Mexican Wedding Cakes from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers (that’s me!)

Sprouted Wheat Welsh Cookies from Yearning & Learning — No oven? This is your cookie! These little guys are “baked” on a griddle! 🙂

Christmas Cookies: Vanillekipferle from Northern Homestead

Vanillekipferl from Ten Acre Homestead — A slightly different version!

Jan Hagel from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers (that’s me, too!)

Kruschiki: The Ultimate Christmas Cookie from Yearning & Learning

Husarenkrapfen from Northern Homestead

Potica Cookies: Serbian Nut Roll Cookies from Homespun Seasonal Living

Cherry Filled Thumbprint Cookies from Cooke’s Frontier

Chai & Spice Drop Cookies from Homespun Seasonal Living

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macaroons from Girl Meets Nourishment

Shortbread: Petticoat Tails from The Homestead Lady

Springerle from Little Big Harvest

Grain/Gluten Free

Cheesecake Cookies from Yearning & Learning

Gluten-Free Scandinavian Thumbprint Cookies

Cacao Dusted Peanut Butter Cookies from The Herbal Academy of New England — Admittedly, these are not your grandma’s cookies — they are gluten and wheat free, without flour, refined sugars, eggs, or butter! — but they sound delicious!

Paleo Chocolate Cranberry Coconut Biscotti from Wicked Spatula

Quinoa and Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies from The Homestead Lady

One More Thing

Since we are talking about recipes learned from loved ones, I just have to include

10 Cookie Baking Secrets That Grandma Knew from Joybilee Farm

What is your favorite holiday cookie? If you have a link, please feel free to leave it in the comments. 🙂

And now it’s time for the Quote of the Week.Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week. Unfortunately, there was a lot going on this week, and the Quotes of the Day are sort of bubbling away on the back burner…

In other words, I haven’t done any this week. I won’t leave you hanging, though. Here is an older one that I just love. 🙂

Dr. King Quote Thank you for joining me for My Week on Wednesday. Tell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

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3 Responses to My Week on Wednesday and Ancestral Cookie Recipes

  1. Pingback: From the Farm Blog Hop… Homesteading — The Cow » Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

  2. Oooh this post is awesome. Thanks for posting. Hello from Mostly Homemade Mondays.

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