1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017
‘One Smart Cookie Decorating’ activity

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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will host “One Smart Cookie Decorating,” a hands-on family activity with Eileen McCormick, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16, in the Center’s activity room. Admission, materials and cookies will be free.

The event will welcome participants of all ages to use a variety of materials to personalize sugar cookies that celebrate summer. Flowers? Favorite animals? The sun, moon & stars? Participants will use a variety of materials to create their masterpieces.

Cookies are believed to have begun centuries ago as “test cakes” that ensured oven temps were hot enough to handle real cakes. Test cakes evolved with the spice trade and emerged as treats all their own.

European immigrants brought their versions of home-baked cookies to the United States. Increased availability of sugar, flour and baking soda fed cookie popularity. By the end of the 19th century, commercially baked cookies began outpacing home baked.