Holiday Cookie & Music Pairings for National Cookie Day!

December 4th is National Cookie Day! At ICAN Radio, we happily accept any opportunity to celebrate sweet treats. In case you missed it, December is also packed full of holiday celebrations and cheer. As a melodious twist to this delicious day, we’ve put together music pairings for your favorite holiday cookies. Read on to learn more, and enjoy the feast!

Snickerdoodles + Winter Night (Sleigh Ride)

Snickerdoodle cookies
Image credit – Sally’s Baking Addiction

The warm spice of a Snickerdoodle cookie makes it the perfect treat on a chilly day… or evening. In fact, snickerdoodles would be the ideal addition to a wintry sleigh ride, as portrayed in Frederick Delius’s tone poem, Winter Night (Sleigh Ride). A tone poem is a work for orchestra that tells a story without using words, just music. In this piece, listen for the jingle of the sleigh and the changing landscape as you travel through the snow.

Rugelach + I Have a Little Dreidel

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Rugelach is a classic rolled cookie enjoyed during Hanukkah. One of the fun things about Rugelach is that they can be filled with various contents depending on your preferences – fruit jam, cinnamon and sugar, chocolate, and more! As you enjoy these “little twists,” listen to the beloved Hanukkah children’s song, “I Have a Little Dreidel.” Written by Samuel Goldfarb to correspond with the Festival of Lights, this song is a staple of the season whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not!

Sugar Cookies + Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker

Sugar cookies
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Sugar cookies are more delicate in flavor, but that doesn’t make them any less appetizing. Sugar cookies offer a blank canvas for your creativity to shine through frosting and sprinkles. As you decorate your seasonal sugar cookie shapes, turn on Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from his famous ballet, The Nutcracker. This dance is sparkly and joyful and perfectly captures the luminous goodness of this classic holiday treat.

Peanut Butter Blossoms + Carol of the Bells

Image credit – Craig Lee for The New York Times

Peanut butter blossoms are a rich and decadent cookie, sparking joy for the chocolate and peanut butter lovers among us. With the Hershey’s Kisses placed on top of the peanut butter cookies, these treats often look like little bells. And when combining “bells” and “holiday music,” the “Carol of the Bells” quickly comes to mind. Based on a tune by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych, this speedy carol will match the pace of your impending sugar rush!

Chocolate Crinkles + The Snow is Dancing

Chocolate crinkle cookies
Image credit – Cambrea Bakes

Dusted in powdered sugar, chocolate crinkles certainly look like a wintry bake. To accompany the sugar snow flurry, let’s evoke musical snowflakes by listening to Claude Debussy’s song for piano, “The Snow is Dancing.” Listen for the gentle bursts of snowfall and imagine that they are decorating your chocolatey cookies! Fun fact – Debussy dedicated this song to his daughter, Claude-Emma. Do you think Claude-Emma enjoyed chocolate crinkles, too?

Gingerbread + Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel

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Whether you’re molding houses, people, dinosaurs, or candy canes, gingerbread is an undeniable staple of the holidays. And speaking of gingerbread houses, while not strictly holiday subject matter, the story of Hansel and Gretel evokes the season’s sweet treats. In Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, Hansel and Gretel, the two main characters sing this evening prayer while lost in the woods, bringing comfort to a scary situation. By singing this song, Hansel and Gretel summon protection from angels so they can finally get some rest.

Which pairing will you be trying first? Be sure to tag with your delicious confections!