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How Sweet It Is! Find Christmas Cookies & Treats in Gloversville for Your Holidays


‘Tis the season for delicious desserts, sweet treats and most of all, the holiday and Christmas cookies!

Parities with elaborate desserts have been a great part of history, including the Winter Solstice celebrations during the Neolithic period, the Roman celebration of Saturnalia during the first century AD, and Christmas dinners that became popular starting in the Middle Ages, according to website https://theweek.com/arts-life/food-drink/958983/the-origins-of-the-christmas-dinner. No matter the holiday or the feast, one theme was prevalent and that was the dessert and today that includes the cookies.


In today’s world, one of the most popular Christmas cookies this time of year are sugar cut outs that are decorated with favorite holiday symbols, a tradition that dates back to England’s Queen Elizabeth I who “had the cookie molded into the shapes of her favorite courtiers,” according to www.history.com/news/christmas-cookies-history-medieval-tradition.


Gloversville has several businesses that can help you with your favorite cookies and holiday desserts, just be sure to get your orders in soon!


Cravings Café & Bakery, 47 Cayadutta Street, is known for its large cookies, tall cupcakes and large brownies. This season, customers can order smaller but plentiful versions in three different size Christmas cookie platters - 25 count tray, 50 count, and 75 count. Cookies include, Gingerbread Dipped in White Chocolate, Raspberry Thumbprints, Chocolate Chip, Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies, Christmas Sprinkle Cosmic Brownies, and Peanut Butter Blossoms. Those with allergies can request no peanut butter. Call during business hours to place orders at (518) 921-4024. Hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1p.m.

Rauch’s Bakery, 15 Washington St., is known for its fresh baked bread and tasty treats. Customers can order not only Christmas cookie trays, but Rauch’s popular Christmas stollen. Stollen is a “cake-like yeast bread with dried fruits and often a marzipan filling. The Christmas bread is usually dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Dating back to the 1500s, the German bread was originally served at the Council of Trent. It’s now most often associated with the holiday season.” According to www.allrecipes.com. Stop by this week during Rauch’s business hours (Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) to purchase these delights and if you are a last minute shopper, you are in luck – Rauch’s Bakery will be open on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Share the Sugar LLC creates a variety of treats and many of its creations are sold at Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, such as no bake and chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal sandwich cookies and brownie trees. In addition to the daily sweets, customers can purchase Yule Log Cakes. The cakes need to be pre-ordered by Dec. 21st at Mohawk Harvest, 30 N. Main St., with pick up on Dec. 23rd.

Featured at 44 Lakes Customized Gifts and Décor, 15 N. Main St., are the delights created by Sweet Dee-Lights. Stop by during store hours and treat yourself to fresh baked cookies, fudge, breads. Store hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lastly, if you are out to dinner at The Brass Monkey, 52 Cayadutta St., you need to save room for dessert. Kristin Sardella is known for her delectable creations and lately the restaurant has been offering special desserts including Hot Coca Layer Cake and Candy Cane Cheesecake, as well as German Apple Pie with crumble topping. Dine in or take out, the restaurant hours are Thursdays through Saturdays, 4 to 9 p.m.

As Christmas will come and go quickly, never fear, for these businesses will continue to help calm the sweet tooth throughout the year!

 

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