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As a kid, I consumed Christmas stories like a fiend. A “Christmas Carol” all the way to “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”, I read them all again and again. Somewhere in one of those books, the children woke excitedly on Christmas morning and rushed to see what gifts Santa had left them. I read in disbelief as they emptied their stockings to find oranges and walnuts. Oranges and walnuts?? What the hell? Oranges grew on the tree outside our kitchen window. Who get oranges of Christmas? I’d be pissed.

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This one, and it’s infinite variations, is a perennial holiday favorite. Last year, I posted a recipe for Russian Tea Cakes which, to be honest, is roughly the same recipe but with pecans instead of walnuts. Use almonds and shape them into crecents and you’ve got Viennese Horns (wait ’til next year.) But this one, these Mexican Wedding Cookies, are packed with walnuts, have a little bit of cinnamon and that same dunk into powdered sugar while warm for a light, fluffy coating.

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So far, I’ve extolled the virtues of raspberry and lemon and cream cheese but haven’t really hit upon anything chocolate. Well, here you go. Today, for Day 4, I’ve got something chocolatey. To the base dough we’ll work in some cocoa powder then some texture and additional flavor with cocoa nibs and mini chocolate chips for a lovely dark chocolate wafer.

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In the grand scheme of a holiday cookie mix, typically packed with chocolate and spice, a bright pop of citrus is a welcome addition. In the coming posts, I’ll hit all the citrus notes – orange, lime and today, lemon. Lemon Poppyseed in fact, one of the most classic of the citrus combinations. Continue Reading »

I’m just going to say this right from the start: I like these best. Of all 24 recipes I’ve come up with for this One Dough/Many Cookies project, these Raspberry Linzer cookies are my favorite. It’s why I’m putting them up front, on Day 2, to give you time to work them in. To be fair, linzers have always been a favorite of mine as a good nut-fruit combination never fails to turn my head, much more so than anything chocolate. The lightly spiced, nutty dough sandwiches an intense raspberry jam perfectly. They look like Christmas. They taste like Christmas.

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Here we go … Day 1 of the 12 Days of Cookies, 2017 edition also known as “One Dough, Twelve Cookies.” By now, maybe you’ve made a batch or two of the basic butter cookie dough from the last post or have considered it. This is good. This is very, very good. It’s a simple dough with just 6 common ingredients that you probably have in your house, right now at this very minute. You could make a batch of dough today! Then you could start right off with a childhood favorite of mine: Cream Cheese Wreaths.

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OK folks. It’s that time of the year again. Cookie Time. A time of joy or misery depending on how you approach this, which is why again this year, I’ve got the solution. Twelve completely different cookies from one basic butter cookie dough. Make a batch, or two or three, divide it up and flavor it a bunch of different ways. It’s a sanity saver. In the weeks that follow, I’ll give you twelve new recipes or you can use any of the twelve from last year (listed below). For most recipes, there’s the option of making a big batch (from half the dough), a medium batch (from ¼ of the dough) or a small batch (from 1/8 of the dough). It’s the Goldilocks of holiday cookie baking.

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