You might expect a bakery to have Christmas cookie recipe to share, but a yarn shop? a Christmas tree farm? a Harley Davidson motorcycle business? They do, in Indiana anyway. Thirteen businesses in Hendricks County, Indiana, are joining up this year to be part of the Christmas Cookie Trail. which winds through the towns of Brownsburgh, Danville, Avon, Plainfield, and North Salem.

Inspired by the tradition of passing holiday recipes down through generations and also by the well loved idea of holiday cookie swaps, the people of Hendricks County thought the idea of combining local business and Christmas cookies would be a great way to share the holiday spirit and invite people to experience the small town welcome of Hendricks county, which lies just to the west of Indianapolis in central Indiana. Recipes from an artist, a chef, and an Olympian, all Hendricks county residents, are among those to be found by visiting the businesses. Those joining in include Artistic Designs Gallery, which features artwork inspired by nature, the Bread Basket Bakery & Cafe, which offers breads, soups, sandwiches and other fare made from locally sourced ingredients, Indy-West Harley Davidson, which both sells and rents motorcycles, and Evans Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm, a family run business where you may choose and cut your own tree and see what other seasonal greenery they have on offer.

The Hollydays Christmas cookie trail will be going on through 31 December. Read more about the Christmas cookie trail along with how to keep up with activities through facebook and twitter by following this link, and find out other reasons to visit Hendricks County at Rural Routes to Main Street.

Interested in Christmas cookies but won’t be making to Indiana? a group of talented cooks from Ohio to New Zealand have joined in a virtual holiday cookie swap, with recipes.

Christmas cookie photo courtesy of Visit Indiana

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Kerry Dexter is one of six writers who contribute to Perceptive Travel’s blog. You will often find her writing about places, events, and people connected with music, history, and the arts in Europe and North America. You may find more of Kerry's work at her site Music Road as well as in Wandering Educators, National Geographic Traveler, Ireland and the Americas, and other places online and in print.

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