So, why do people love cookies so much? For me, it’s the memories of home-y fragrances that filled the kitchen that have me returning home time and time again, especially as I look forward to the holidays with the festive array of home baked cookies. During uncertain times, baking has a way of grounding a person–focusing on precise measuring and working the batter with your hands. It also satisfies our maternal instincts to feed and nurture the ones we love. In my own family, we’ve made baking a tradition. When I think about it, almost all our family traditions involve food!
Historically speaking, biscuits and cookies became ideal traveling food when people started to explore the globe. They needed food that could stay fresh for long periods of time, and cookies did just that. For centuries, a ship’s biscuit, an iron-like cracker, was aboard any ship that left port because it could last for months (even years under the right conditions). Eventually, the English, Scotch, and Dutch immigrants originally brought the first cookies to the United States, which strongly resembled the English teacakes and the Scotch shortbread. As technology improved during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, so did the ability of bakers to make a wide range of sweet and savory biscuits for commercial consumption. People really love cookies!
When we started this company, we shared the best kept secret from the Indian Subcontinent, an after-meal fennel seed mix. Did you know they serve candy coated fennel seed (called Saunf) to signal the end of a meal and promote good digestion? Hard to believe that until now this long enjoyed tradition hasn’t made its way into markets and onto dinner tables in America! To grow our company, it took delivering a healthier version of fennel seed mix and countless hours of educating the public about the benefits of fennel seeds. What does all this have to do with cookies?
I’d take a cookie over a slice of pie or cake any day. This year when we introduced digestive cookies to SauFennel, I was over the moon with joy. There’s no need to educate people about cookies. We all know they are delicious! However, being true to our mission is important. Our scrumptious cookies offer all the comforts in a more healthful way. Each one is baked from scratch with fresh SauFennel, which helps to promote good digestion and support overall health. Our vegan Tea Biscuits and Sesame Cookies are lightly sweetened, made with olive oil rather than butter. All of our cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months, or stored in an airtight container for up to a month. You can read more about the health benefits of fennel seeds on our website.
We have cookies that represent traditions from all over Europe and the Mediterranean. Just take a look: Our Bumpy Biscotti are a twist on the classic Biscotti loved in cafes all over Italy and found in bakery boxes at Christmastime. They even dip them in wine! Our Pat’s Tea Biscuits are a twist on the English staple for “Tea Time.” And finally, our newest is a twist on Greek Koulourakia (literally meaning cookie) enjoyed everyday or reserved for significant social events like weddings.
In Greece, it is a long tradition to make cookies made from fresh, top-tier ingredients, native to the Greek land. Countries with a large Greek population or countries where the Mediterranean Diet is high on the preference list, such as the US, Canada and Germany, Greek cookies are becoming a favorite. They are highly sought after as they have a low sugar content and no butter.
We hope you find a favorite cookie in our Variety Box to share with those you love. Whatever your tradition–whether you’re nibbling on a biscotti with your coffee, eating breakfast on-the-go with our sesame cookies, or whiling away an hour during the day with tea and biscuits, SauFennel Digestive Cookies are oh soo good! and a perfect way to end any meal.