America loves its sweets, and cookies are by far one of the most popular desserts enjoyed across the country. Over 95% of U.S. households consume cookies, and as whole our country eats more than 2 billion cookies annually -- that's 300 cookies a person every year! While they are great for everyday snacking, cookies also make great treats at special events and are becoming a more popular feature at weddings. From personalized wedding cookies to cookie wedding favors, there are number of ways to make gourmet cookies a part of the big day. Some of the most popular wedding cookies served at wedding receptions these days are heart-shaped cookies, lemon bars, peanut butter surprises, and pecan tassies.
- Heart-shaped Cookies - Weddings are a day to celebrate love, and heart-shaped cookies are a great way to tie in the theme going throughout the reception. While they come in many flavors, one of the best (and simplest) recipes to use for these is a sugar cookie recipe. The cookies can be shaped with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and sprinkled with colored sugar or sprinkles to match the theme of the wedding.
- Lemon Bars - A slightly different approach to traditional wedding cookies, lemon bars are a rich yet refreshing treat that are quick to disappear from the table. With a light shortbread crust and creamy lemon custard filling, lemon bars are surprisingly easy to make but never disappoint.
- Peanut Butter Surprises - The only way to make peanut butter better is to combine it with chocolate. These small wedding cookies consist of a round peanut butter cookie with a piece of chocolate pressed into the top. The chocolate can vary from hershey's kisses to peanut butter cups, depending on the bride and groom's tastes.
- Pecan Tassies - These decadent little treats encompass all the delicious flavors of a pecan pie in a small tart-like cookie. They consist of a light, buttery crust and brown-sugar filling mixed with crunchy pecans. Any guests who love pecan pie are bound to enjoy this bite-size version of their favorite dessert.