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The Fascinating History Behind Your Favorite Holiday Cookies

Redbook Logo By Jessica Booth of Redbook | Slide 1 of 34: If you have a sweet tooth, the holiday season is basically synonymous with one thing: Cookies. They're given as hostess gifts in festive tins, they're used in giant dessert platters, and they make for wonderful family baking traditions. And, of course, they're left out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, next to a glass of cold milk. But have you ever wondered where, exactly, your favorite holiday cookie came from? Did you ever bite into a deliciously spiced gingersnap and wonder when they became so popular? If so, all of your questions will be answered here, as we've put together the history of all of the best traditional cookies out there. Knowing what has gone into them will make you enjoy them even more than usual.

If you have a sweet tooth, the holiday season is basically synonymous with one thing: Cookies. They're given as hostess gifts in festive tins, they're used in giant dessert platters, and they make for wonderful family baking traditions. And, of course, they're left out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, next to a glass of cold milk.

But have you ever wondered where, exactly, your favorite holiday cookie came from? Did you ever bite into a deliciously spiced gingersnap and wonder when they became so popular? If so, all of your questions will be answered here, as we've put together the history of all of the best traditional cookies out there. Knowing what has gone into them will make you enjoy them even more than usual.

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