TRAVERSE CITY — Members of area churches and nonprofit groups are baking up a storm, creating hundreds of variations of holiday cookies and other homemade holiday sweet delights so that you don't have to.
Most will sell cookies by the dozen, along with breads, cakes and other treats. The sales are often held in conjunction with bazaars, luncheons and other activities.
Here's a rundown on what some of them are planning.
Creches, Carols, and Cookies will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arcadia, featuring more than 150 nativity sets from around the globe. Admission is $5. Sponsored by Chapter FF, PEO Sisterhood.
A wide selection of cookies will be available at Redeemer Lutheran Church of Interlochen's annual Cookie Walk from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the church, U.S. 31 and Rogers Road. Cookies are $6.50 a pound. Baked goods and a luncheon also will be available.
The Traverse Bay Mennonite Youth Group is taking orders for its annual cookie-baking sale.
Varieties include chocolate chip, molasses gingersnaps, snickerdoodle, peanut butter blossom, chocolate crinkles, Russian tea cakes and monster cookies. The cost is $5.50 per dozen. Cookies can be ordered by calling Rhonda or Timothy at 946-5597 or fax orders to 946-7612. Orders will be accepted through Dec. 7. Cookies can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 915 Carver in Traverse City. Free delivery is available in the Grand Traverse area on orders exceeding 10 dozen. Money raised goes toward a future mission trip and youth activities.
The Friends of the Kalkaska County Library will be holding their annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Friday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The sale will continue on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. All of the cookies are freshly baked by the Friends of the Library. The Kalkaska County Library is located at 247 S. Cedar in Kalkaska. For more information, call 258-9411.
The Friends of the Darcy Library in Beulah will hold their annual two-day Christmas Cookie and Book Sale in the Beulah Trailhead Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8. Cookies are $6 per pound. Patrons can hand select the type and quantity. Books are new or gently used and are great for gift giving. Volunteers are needed to bake cookies and work the event. Contact the Darcy Library at 882-4037 with questions or to sign up to bake or work. Proceeds support the book budget for the Darcy Library.
The Unity Church Christmas Cookie Bake Sale will be held at Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City on Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cookies will be sold by the dozen. For questions, call 946-7240.
The Northern Michigan Cultural Center, in conjunction with White Tiger Martial Arts, will be holding an International Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 545 Eighth St. Based on the multicultural exchange goals of the center, many different traditional and international-themed cookies will be offered for sale, mix and match, at $6 a pound. For further information, call 313-6910.
A Holiday Bake Sale and Bazaar is set for Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Willowbrook Mill in Northport, featuring baked goods, bazaar items and a Christmas store. Sponsor is the Best for Kids committee to support the Leelanau Children's Center.
The Old Mission Women's Club will hold its 17th annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Peninsula Township Fire Hall No. 2, approximately three miles from the city on Center Road on the Old Mission Peninsula. The annual sale features a variety of specially decorated and holiday favorites made by club members. All funds raised go to support local community and human services organizations.
The 12th annual Sweet Shoppe at Grawn United Methodist Church will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Sweet Shoppe includes homemade cookies and candy, crafts, large fresh holiday wreaths and the Kidz Christmas Shoppe. Lunch will be available. New this year will be Christmas/holiday cards for attendees to sign and write a message to U.S. troops. The Sweet Shoppe staff will then stamp and mail the cards to "Any Soldier." Sweet Shoppe proceeds are earmarked for the Boots for Kids program and church improvements. The church is located at 1260 S. West Silver Lake Road.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City presents its 14th annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to thousands of hand-decorated sugar cookies and gingerbread boys, shoppers can select from more than 25 varieties of cookies, many from Old World German, Austrian, Swiss and Russian recipes. Favorites include Lebkuchen, Pfeffernusse, Russian teacakes, snickerdoodles, holly wreaths, springerle and date balls, among others. German Christmas Stollen will also be sold, along with variety packs of cookies suitable for hostess and other gifts. Free coffee and sample cookies will be offered to those who arrive prior to 9 a.m. For more information, call 941-3487.
Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City will hold its annual community cookie walk, "Home Baked Extravaganza," on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church on 341 Washington St. The sale will feature hundreds of cookies in many different shapes and sizes at $7 per pound. Call 947-2330 for more information.
Trinity Lutheran Church of Gaylord will hold a Cookie Walk and Craft Show on Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 1354 S. Otsego Ave. Cookies, pies, breads, bars and candy will be sold, along with handmade crafts, used Christmas items, religious Christmas cards and the newly published Trinity Cookbook. Admission is a nonperishable food item or donation for the Otsego County Food Pantry. Call (989) 732-5257 or (989) 732-4816 for more details.
The Feast of Victory Lutheran Church Christmas Cookie Sale will be held Dec. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 4400 Mount Hope Road in Acme. Traditional Christmas cookies along with other homemade baked goods and candies will be sold. Proceeds will benefit Feast of Victory's Youth Ministries. For information, call 938-3222 or 943-4988.
The Presbyterian Women's Association of The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City is holding its annual Holiday Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the church from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or while supplies last. Holiday cookies and breads, along with homemade candies including peanut brittle and English toffee will be featured. Candies and breads will be priced individually, with cookies sold for $7 per pound. The church is located at 701 Westminster Road. Call 946-5680 with questions.