The History of Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies, sweet, crunchy and certainly the best holiday treat out there. But where did they come from?

Well, many myths of their appearance exists but the most frequent one states that these cookies originated in Greece in 2400BC. By the 10th century, every European country had their own spin on this festive cookie. Eventually, the story of Hansel and Gretel came around where it shows them making a house out of sweets and cookies. But why christmas?  Well, there’s a lot of answers to that question. Firstly, in the Middle Ages, the spices found in gingerbread cookies were said to heat you up during the wintertime. Another reason is because in christianity, the spices found in gingerbread cookies were sacred and reserved for holidays such as Christmas being the birth of their saviour and Easter the death and resurrection of their saviour. As for the different variations such as people and houses, these were simply adapted over time by the populations creativity.

In conclusion this fun holiday activity has been around for a while and is still a big hit in today’s pop culture. It is a great bonding experience for families and friends during the holiday season and is easy to personalize by making gingerbread houses and people. Happy holidays to all!