Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Cookie Table

 
The Cookie Table is an old tradition that I only recently discovered.  People in Pittsburgh, PA and Youngstown, OH have been hosting Cookie Tables at weddings for years, so my question to you is why hasn't this trend spread across the country?  Please leave a comment if you've been to a wedding with a Cookie Table!


I had my first experience with the Cookie Table this past weekend at my cousin's wedding.  Immediately upon arriving at the reception I headed to the table to hand in my cookies and help set up.  It was a lot of fun opening box after box after box filled with all types of cookies, some I had never even seen before.  I think it's safe to say that my sister-in-law and I became the official taste testers of the evening, so our two favorites were the mini burger cookies (pictured below) and the pistachio macaroon cookies from Mike's Pastry in Boston.  I give this Cooke Table an A++!


I'm pretty sure the burger cookies were made by sandwiching a thin mint between two nilla wafers, dyed green shredded coconut as the lettuce, and colored frosting as the ketchup and mustard.  Maybe whoever made these cookies can let me know if I'm correct.


How cute are these little guys!!

11 comments:

  1. I never got to taste your cookies or even saw the little hamburger cookies, but I thought this was a wonderful idea. Thanks for the recipe. I LOVE cookies.

    Debra

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  2. As a Pittsburger, it's my understanding that it is mostly an Italian-American tradition. But one we should all adopt! I've heard that sometimes it can get out of hand though, with grandmothers starting to bake cookies as soon as the engagement is announced.

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  3. Cute! What kind of cookies did you bring??

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  4. I brought a devil's food cookie which is posted on the blog now!

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  5. These look really cool (and tasty!

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  6. I have rarely been to a wedding without a cookie table, but I grew up in Wheeling, WV and now reside in Pittsburgh, PA- the cookie table tradition is huge in these areas. My sister is getting married in West Virginia in October, and I have volunteered to make 3 types of cookies and butter fudge for her cookie table, in addition to all my maid of honor duties. People immediately look for the cookie table at weddings around here- its almost sacrilegious not to have one, and there are cetain types of cookies that people expect- peanut blossoms, pizzells, lady locks, pecan tassies, mini cheesecakes, mexican wedding cookies, and thumbprints are almost always found on the traditional cookie table.

    A side note...many people are now providing take out or bakery boxes so guest can take cookies homes as a favor.

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  7. Wow, people expect certain types of cookies these days! Please let me know how your sister's cookie table works out. Best of luck!

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  8. Apparently, you need to get a bigger table. You have tons of different cookie flavors. Where did you get the ingredients in making those cookies?

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  9. Those burger cookies are awesome! The cookie table is such a great tradition. My husband is from Youngstown, and he introduced me to this idea. I made sure to have a cookie table at our wedding!

    V
    Youngstown Cookie Table Company, LLC

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  10. I agree with the comments. I also agree that you need to have a bigger table for your cookies. By the way, you need to ensure that the table is standing still and sturdy to prevent possible danger.

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  11. I did a lot of research and hope to do even more on the ethnic origins and cultural traditions around the cookie table. I used to work at a historical society in Youngstown, Ohio where I did research on history traditions and highlighted the cookie table. Pittsburgh is once again claiming the cookie table as if they invented it. Take a look at the article: www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/December-2012/Cookie-Table-Throwdown/

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