A Christmas Cookie Story

For many Western Pennsylvanians, a day of cookie baking is as celebratory as the holidays. Families gather in kitchens throughout the region to mix dough, whip frostings and scatter sprinkles. It’s a time to embrace ethnic traditions and remember loved ones who handed down now creased and crumbling recipes. This holiday documentary features a pizzelle-making church group, gingerbread house artists, one of the area’s busiest cookie bakeries, a woman who donates her cookies as a goodwill gesture, and Pittsburgh’s popular cookie tour.

A Christmas Cookie Story aired on Dec 21, 2017.

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Original airdate: Jun 02, 2014

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Original airdate: Apr 24, 2014

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Original airdate: Apr 24, 2014

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Original airdate: Apr 17, 2014

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Original airdate: Apr 10, 2014

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Original airdate: Feb 20, 2014