Walking Through a Cookie Wonderland
Published: December 6, 2012
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It's the beginning of December and, if you're like a lot of people, that means that the holiday baking season has officially commenced.
But, what is a person to do when he or she only has 24 hours in a day and not enough time to bake their favorite tasty treats?
The J.W. Hall Memorial Auxiliary to the Clarks Summit Fire Co. is hoping to answer that question this weekend with its sixth annual holiday cookie walk.
According to organizers, more than 82 different varieties of cookies were available last year and they are expecting an increase this year. Cookies cost $8 per pound and all proceeds from the event benefit the Clarks Summit Fire Co.
"Last year, we had ethnic flavors such as Italian anise cookies, Welsh cookies, Armenian butter cookies and Russian tea cakes," said auxiliary president Karyn Bevard. "An unusual cookie that always sells out fast is a date cookie that contains no flour. It contains dates, walnuts and coconut and is held together by condensed milk and vanilla and coated in confectioners' sugar after baking."
"We don't know of anyone else doing this locally," she continued. "We felt the public would love to be able to buy homemade cookies, providing them with beautiful, delicious, unique holiday cookies without the huge investment of time."
While the event itself takes place from 10 a.m. until noon this Saturday, Dec. 8, at the fire hall at 321 Bedford St. in Clarks Summit, Bevard said that cookie cravers begin lining up as early as 9:30 a.m.
Auxiliary members as well as their family and friends and other community members bake the cookies for the cookie walk. Donations of cookies will be accepted on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5-9 p.m. at the fire hall. If someone is interested in donating cookies and cannot drop them off, they can call 687-0247 and someone will pick them up. Bakers are also asked to include a note with the type of cookie donated as well as their name and address.
"We would not have a successful cookie walk without our bakers," Bevard said. "The cookie walk itself has a festive holiday atmosphere. Our auxiliary members all wear holiday clothing and we put up and decorate a Christmas tree and play Christmas music. It is a fun event and we look forward to it every year."