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Christmas goodness, sold by the pound: Holy Rosary's 27th annual Cookie Walk is Dec. 9

Holy Rosary church volunteers set out hundreds of trays of goodies for the church's annual Cookie Walk, which is set to take place this Saturday, Dec. 9 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. (Submitted photo)

Candies, cookies, jellies, jams, bars, breads, lefse hot off the griddle... even fresh baked cinnamon rolls: If you're craving a particular treat this Christmas season, the Holy Rosary Cookie Walk probably has it: In fact, there are usually at least 50 different varieties to choose from, according to organizers

"We have a lot of ethnic delicacies, like pizzelles, rosettes, sandbakkles, krumkake, biscotti, Scottish shortbread," says Judy Luhman, who is one of the members of the planning committee for the Cookie Walk.

Now in its 27th year, the holiday tradition gets underway at 8 a.m. this Saturday, Dec. 9, and while it goes until 10:30 a.m., the sooner you get there, the greater the selection.

"We always say come early," adds Luhman.

"There've been years that by 10 o'clock, we only had one table left," said Sue Braun, who is also a longtime member of the committee.

Another incentive for arriving early, Braun said, is that they will be serving up fresh-baked cinnamon rolls and coffee until they're gone. "They'll be warm from the oven," she added.

So why is it called a "cookie walk," you ask? All the different varieties of holiday treats are put on trays and set out on tables in the church's Parish Center, where each person is given a styrofoam box and invited to walk among the tables, collecting as many of their favorites as they can fit in the box, which is then weighed. The contents are sold by the pound, Braun noted.

"We also have a silent auction," she added. "There are a lot of Christmas things, and crafts."

"We have some ladies at the church who make quilts and donate them to the silent auction," Luhman said, adding that they will have well over 100 items this year.

Not only that, said Luhman, but there will be a raffle to give away a 4-foot-tall Santa figurine that has been residing in her living room since before Thanksgiving.

"My grandchildren think he's awesome," she added, noting that they were disappointed to learn that the statue would be gone before Christmas.

Santa himself will also be making an appearance.

"We have the real Santa and Mrs. Claus coming," Luhman said with a smile, noting that they will be available for photos during their visit.

Over the years, the Cookie Walk has become a holiday tradition that involves more than 100 church volunteers and sells well over 5,000 cookies: Some contribute cash to purchase ingredients for the cookies that are baked at the church in the weeks leading up to the event, while others donate their own cookies or candies, or donate items for the silent auction.

For more information about the Cookie Walk, please call the Holy Rosary church office at 218-847-1393.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 17 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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