This fishing tug has long been the symbol of Fishtown and represents the charm and history of Leland, Michigan. The town has been a fishing village since the late 1800's and this particular model of fishtown tug has been a working fishing vessel in the waters of Lake Michigan for more than fifty years.
For years there have been tug window decals, t-shirts and jewelry to help those that love Leland trumpet their affection for the town. The Tug Stuff shop in Fishtown has the largest collection. My favorite tug item is a 3-D silver charm for a necklace that I found in the Leelanau Historical Society gift shop.
Recently, a local bakery Sisson's started making tug cookies! I highly recommend them for afternoon tea. They make such a darling conversation piece. As a baker, I wanted to have an entire fleet of tugs and I asked Dan to make me a tug cookie cutter (yes, I have a "make your own cookie cutter kit") to my specifications.
Tah-dah! I love them! We tried different variations (with a window "dent" and with a window completely "cut out") and on the cuteness scale, I still can't decide which one I like better. Most of my first batch (shown above) had just a window dent. For the next batch I make, I'll do some of each. Aren't they cute?
Now I have a cookie cutter to use for the rest of my life when I am up north and in the mood to bake and entertain. These are certainly the perfect cookies for the Land of Delight.