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Christmas Cookie Baking In 1950s Wisconsin Part 1

Dairy Farms and Villages in 1942 Wisconsin, Library of Congress photograph
Gingerbread Men Cookies, recipes below

Maria Birch recalls, “Our Christmas cookie baking started the Friday after Thanksgiving and stopped on January 6 [the day of] Epiphany [see link below].” Born in 1950, Birch grew up on a farm in central Wisconsin in “a multigenerational household” with her parents, her mom’s parents, her grandma's mother, cousins, uncles, aunts and hired farm hands. Her great grandmother immigrated to Wisconsin from Prussia. “When I was a child Grandma was the head cook and baker” she recalls and “our Christmas cookie baking was done next door at her house.” Common for the area, her grandmother’s house, had no central heating and an unheated upstairs bedroom which worked perfect for storing fresh baked molasses, gingerbread men, sugar, butter, spritzes, sour cream, cut-out, and peanut butter cookies. Maria story is based on a reflection she shared in the comment section that I followed up on with her. Please, comment on your holiday memories and recipes, I'd love to read them. 

Day of the Epiphany With Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Epiphany

Christmas Cookie Baking In 1950s Wisconsin Part 2

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