The best kind of Christmas cookies — and where to find them in NJ
'Tis the season to be eating! And what do we eat more of than anything this holiday season? That would be the Christmas cookies.
As the song says they're "everywhere you go". You cannot escape them if you tried and who would even want to?
Every state has its own most popular Christmas cookie. Google shared their list of the most uniquely searched Christmas cookies by state with USA Today and as it turns out New Jersey's favorite would be the Italian Christmas cookies!
As a New Jersey Italian American, this comes as no surprise. I grew up on my grandmother's homemade Christmas cookies, pizzelle and struffoli, which my cousin Marilyn still makes.
According to the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the 10 most popular Italian cookies are: Amaretti, Ricciarelli, Baci Di dama, Chocolate Pistacio Biscotti, Savoiardi, Canestrelli, Biscotti al Cocco, Pizzelle, Seven-Layer Cookies and Espresso Florentines.
If you'd like to try to make Italian cookies at home check out "31 Old World Italian Cookie Recipies Your Grandmother Made" by Karen Sutter.
If you're looking to buy great Italian Cookies in New Jersey, try these places:
Carolyn Ruth DelViscovo:
"Carlos in Hoboken."
"Cammareri’s in Ramtown."
"Elisa's on Route 70 East - I believe it is either Brick or Lakewood! The wonderful smells that come out of that Italian Bakery!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bellisimo!"
Geryl Raucher Hickey:
"Vesuvios in Millstone."
"My mom got Italian pastry for Christmas all my years growing up.. so delicious!!"
Andrew Chick Pisani:
"Aroma di Napoli Bakery in Nutley."
"Gianni's in Sewell NJ."
The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise. Any opinions expressed are Steve's own. Steve Trevelise is on New Jersey 101.5 Monday-Thursday from 7pm-11pm. Follow him on Twitter @realstevetrev.