Holy Rosary Cookie Walk is Dec. 8
If there is any time when indulging in some of the sweetest, creamiest, crunchiest, mouth-watering delectables is acceptable, it's now. It's the holidays.
And members of Holy Rosary are right there to help with that as they prepare to bake up a plethora of goodies for their 22nd annual Cookie Walk.
The popular event is set for Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Holy Rosary Center.
"When we open the doors, we usually have about 75 people lined up," said event coordinator Linda Schon.
"It's almost like Black Friday except we don't make them wait outside."
Upon arrival, cookie shoppers and their sweet teeth are greeted by the smell of warm, freshly baked, frosted cinnamon buns.
"We go there the night before and get them ready so that they rise overnight," said Schon, who says the 150 they baked last year didn't quite cut it, so they're upping that to 200 this year. "Then we go in the next morning about 5:30 and get them in the oven."
Not only are those cinnamon buns ready for breakfast consumption right then and there, but parishioners will also be selling coffee and hot cider.
"I think people really like to come in and have a little something, a cup of coffee and just sit and visit with friends," said Schon.
At least 70 different kinds of cookies and candies will be set up and ready to tempt as buyers take little boxes from table to table choosing what they will from about 80 huge trays full of almost every kind of holiday treat one can think of.
"We'll have homemade candy, sugar cookies, peanut brittle, caramels, chocolate covered cherries, divinity, lots of fudge, dipped pretzels, dipped Ritz crackers....it's like going into a major bakery," said Schon, who adds the pure variety of it all is what has people coming back year after year.
"You could bake all day long and not be able to get this much variety," she said, adding that many people are able to make up impressive holiday trays because of the Cookie Walk.
Once shoppers are satisfied with their picks, the boxes of sweets are weighed at $6.50 per pound, with the exception of the lightweight, time-consuming Scandinavian goodies, which are priced three for $1.
The dozens of families donating their baking skills to the cause are helping to raise funds for the general fund, which is usually used for any projects or repairs that need to be done around the church.
There will also be a silent auction set up for the event, which has so far pulled in at least 50 items, including a couple of hand-made quilts, Christmas decorations and a variety of baskets.
"We'll have things on the auction for kids and adults, and we're still looking for donations for that, too," said Schon, who says some people use this as a chance to do some Christmas shopping.
To find out more on the event, contact Holy Rosary at 218-847-1393.