Wednesday, June 13, 2007

What's up with wedding cookies? Mollie Bryan enlightens us on

Okay, I know that various cultures celebrate weddings in distinctive ways, but mandatory wedding cookies in Pennsylvania?

Mollie Bryan, author of Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant Cookbook: A Lifetime of Recipes From the Shenandoah Valley sheds light on this custom (and has got me thinking about mixing up a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough rather than writing this post) in her commentary on's "Kitchen Window" page of essays on food and entertaining, which is published every Wednesday.

At the end of the commentary are Mollie's recipes and pictures, and... You know, I'm pretty sure we have some chocolate bits in the cabinet, and I know we have eggs... Gotta go.


flash said...

When I think of wedding cookies I think of little round ball cookies covered in powdered sugar. However, I'm always thinking of chocolate chip cookies. In fact today is a good day to whip up a batch.

Janis Jaquith said...

If the sun came up and I still have a pulse, it's a good day to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

Mollie Cox Bryan said...

Come to think of it, most Pa. weddings do have the chocolate chip cookies and the little round balls cover in sugar. But I wanted to focus on the cookies that I've never seen anywhere else. The main reason is they are a pain to make!(Very time consuming.) But they are soooooo good. ;-)

jenny gardiner said...

Mollie--fabulous piece! On NPR!!! You're officially of the BIG TIME now ;-)
And as another Pittsburgh girl, I can attest to those cookie platters--at high school graduation parties as well (along with the pierogies, the gnocchi, the pigs in blankets, you name it...ah, the foods of Pittsburgh!)

Mollie Cox Bryan said...

I just saw your comment. THANKS! I've been focusing on a new book proposal and have not been online. I am not going into too many details--I'm kind of superstitious about it--but let's just say gnocchis, pierogies, wedding cookies, and haluski will all be a part of the book!
Yes, NPR has been great to work with and I'll have another essay published by them tomorrow, I think. YAY!
Take care!