(RNS) — A century ago in Armenia, a curious pre-wedding ritual called for the bride’s mother to travel to the groom’s family home, enter dancing and present a plate of cookies.

Before Natalie Hecht’s August 2019 wedding in Dearborn, Michigan, her mother implemented a modern version of that tradition. Amy Mardigian Hecht baked a batch of Armenian nazook cookies and sent them to the future in-laws for a college football tailgate party.

The cookies were such a hit with the groom’s family, she made them again for Natalie’s wedding. As guests left the ceremony at St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, they each received a nazook. The sweet/savory confection includes a lot of sugar and butter. (Make it yourself, using Amy’s recipe below.)

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