Milton United Methodist Women will hold their 25th annual Christmas Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 1, at the Milton United Methodist Church. The event will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until the cookies are gone. Cookies are $7 per pound. Other items for sale will be candy, a new 25 Years of Cookie Walks cook book, and handcrafted items.
The 25 Years of Cookie Walks cook book, which sells for $5, is a special feature this year and contains more than 70 cookie recipes, many kinds of which will be for sale. Before last year’s Cookie Walk, people were asked not only to donate their cookies but also to bring their recipes for the cookies. Then each kind of cookie was photographed to create this illustrated cook book.
One kind of cookie which will not be available this year is our Chocolate Chip Black Walnut Cookies. Baker Dwain Yttri who gathers and shells the black walnuts himself to make this special recipe stated, "Due to this year’s drought, the black walnuts are not as plentiful or as flavorful as usual." He will skip his usual baking this year and hopes to have some again for next year’s Cookie Walk.
The idea for the first Cookie Walk at the church was introduced in 1988 by Esther Inwood, then president of the group. She was inspired by reading in a church newsletter about a Cookie Walk in northern Wisconsin. At that time, no other church in this area was doing such an event. People could select their own cookies from trays spread out on tables. This necessitated walking around, hence the name "Cookie Walk". She convinced the Milton women to try it, and it has been an annual event at the Milton United Methodist Church ever since. According to Esther in an interview for the 20th Cookie Walk, "We were the first church in the area to do a Cookie Walk. In the beginning, people just did not know what it was and it was not well attended". She then added, "When people understood the concept, it really caught on and in a few years many other churches in the area began holding their own." Esther passed away in 2009, but her Cookie Walk continues to be an important mission fundraiser for the Milton United Methodist Women.
Shoppers will have a chance to relax afterward in our Christmas Coffee Nook with coffee and fresh homemade donuts. The church is located next to Northside Intermediate School at 241 Northside Drive, Milton. For more information call 868-2860.