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Chocolate Ribbon Cookies

December 11, 2011

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I have been making these cookies for well over a decade now, always at Christmas.  They are a crisper butter cookie, flavored with chocolate, rum, and walnuts.  I got the recipe from a friend who made them for a cookie exchange, and she had gotten the recipe from a magazine.  I don’t even remember now […]

12 Days of Cookies: Orange-Molasses Drops (#5)

December 10, 2011

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These cookies just say CHRISTMAS in all caps.  They are spicy, crunchy, and filled with the classic flavors of the holiday. These cookies also passed our rigorous taste examination.  They are not as heavy in the butter and sugar department, so they make the perfect after-school snack with a class of milk or warm cocoa. […]

12 Days of Cookies: Mexican Wedding Cookies (#4)

December 9, 2011

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These cookies were very common in bakeries in the area where I grew up in California.  Sometimes the bakery versions were good.  But sometimes they were disgusting.  I had been making these at home for a while, and was used to the tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture and subtle walnut-ty flavor.  I was at a bakery and […]

12 Days of Cookies: Cranberry Orange Thumbprints, #3

December 4, 2011

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I did mention that I like thumbprint cookies, right? Well, here is another one that we tried last week.  My daughter has been on a cooking spree!  I am proud to say that although we are making a lot of cookies, we have been so well behaved.  I have limited myself to two cookies a […]

12 Days of Cookies, “Birds’ nest” Thumbprint Cookies (#2)

December 3, 2011

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I love thumbprint cookies in all their varieties.  Buttery shortbread, perfectly complemented by sweet jam, tart curd, or velvety chocolate.  I have tried many varieties.  This is one variety we tried this year and I thought they turned out delicious.  I will definitely be making these again. Like most thumbprint cookies, they are better the […]

12 Days of Cookies: White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies (#1)

December 3, 2011

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Let’s see how far I get with this idea. I love love love Christmas cookies, and coming up with the idea of 12 cookie posts during the Christmas season gives me a fabulous excuse to make them. And eat them. There won’t be a post every day, but I am hoping to post 12 different […]