Living in Pennsylvania, it's only imperative that I make some Groundhog Day cookies for the coming holiday. If you have followed the blog over the years, you know that we have resident groundhogs on the property which we look forward to seeing every single year.
These charming creatures are naturally skittish and solitary (Marmota monax), so we leave them alone and observe them from a distance.
The holiday itself comes from Pennsylvania Dutch (in reality it is the Pennsylvania German's observance of Candlemas) lore, which tells us that when the woodchuck comes out of hibernation, if the creature sees its shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter. If the marmot does not see its shadow, spring will arrive early.
Since people around the country celebrate the holiday in some way or another, even if it's just to tune in to see what Punxsutawney Phil predicts, I thought it would be fun to make some cookies in honor of those adorable rodents.
How easy were these cute groundhog cookies? As you know, I prefer to package my decorated sugar cookies in high-quality, clear cellophane bags. Generally I use a ribbon to tie each bag, but sometimes I like the natural look of raffia. I think groundhogs would approve of the use of this natural fiber.
Happy Groundhog Day!!