Christmas cookies are a family tradition in my house.  I started baking them as a child with my mother. We would bake and decorate them, and then box them up for our relatives.  It was her way of teaching me about the spirit of giving.  I still do it every year.  And while I retired [...]

With 38 cookies left to go in the 2,000 cookie marathon, I give you...chocolate chip cookies.  Does that seem like a strange choice?  Not Christmas-y at all?  A little anticlimactic?  I agree.  So why chocolate chip cookies?  Because when my daughter was talking to Santa last week, she told him we were going to leave [...]

I found this recipe in Food & Wine and knew I had to try it.  These are traditional German cookies that, according to Wikipedia, Nuremberg is famous for (not the first thing I think of when I hear the word Nuremberg)  Having German ancestors but absolutely no old world traditions in my family, I envisioned [...]

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