‘Cookie College’ returns with sweet tips, demos and supplies all on the table

An Italian "peach" cookies made by Peg Lydic of North Strabane, sits on display during the "Wedding Cookie College" in 2018 at the Double Tree by Hilton Meadowlands in Washington, Pennsylvania. (Jessie Wardarski/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

Laura Magone of Monongahela, Pennsylvania, hosts a "Wedding Cookie College" where guests learn the history of cookie tables while also partaking in a brief baking lesson on Nov. 11, 2018, at the Double Tree by Hilton in Washington, Pennsylvania. Ms. Magone started a Facebook page called "The Wedding Cookie Table Community", which today has over 7,500 followers, with a goal of helping bakers make the best cookies while also preserving precious ethnic and cultural traditions. (Jessie Wardarski/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

PITTSBURGH — Cookie tables have been customary at weddings, Christmas parties, bridal showers and so many other life events for years in Western Pennsylvania. So when Laura Magone started a Facebook page to celebrate and preserve the tradition in 2015, the filmmaker was pretty certain she’d draw at least a few members.