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And then there were none.

I deliberately saved the “stained glass” Christmas cookie recipe for last, primarily because it was clear by late summer that I would probably be winding up this bit of insanity by the end of 2013, and I thought it might … Continue reading

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Hálfmánar

Sharon Tyler Herbst calls these tender fruit-filled cookies one of the prettiest in her chapter on holiday treats. They are small, almost bite-sized, and filled with lekvár, which here in the United States is typically prune butter but in Central … Continue reading

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Κουλουράκια

Κουλουράκια, or koulourakia, are among my favorite cookies in The Joy of Cookies. Crusted with an egg yolk glaze and a liberal sprinkling of sesame seeds, and flavored lightly with brandy and vanilla, they are buttery, golden and crisp. According … Continue reading

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Доцци бојаи

Доцци бојаи is my guess at the reverse transliteration of Sharon Tyler Herbst’s docci bojai. These cookies are Yugoslavian (remember that erstwhile republic?) in origin, and with their walnut-studded base, they are rich and crunchy. On top of that cookie … Continue reading

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Vanillekranse

Remember this: Patti’s got a gun? I revisited the Spritz cookie recipe for Vanillekranse (vanilla wreaths). This time no lemon zest, but with extra vanilla and bits of candied cherries. And definitely the gun. Aren’t they pretty? Surprisingly, they were … Continue reading

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Cherry sweethearts

“In many English towns,” according to Sharon Tyler Herbst, “sandwich cookies are referred to as ‘sweethearts.’” In my limited research I found little evidence to prove or disprove this assertion. Regardless, these border on treacly sweet and yet slightly tart … Continue reading

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Schwowebredles

I had a migraine when I started to make these, and somehow misread the recipe. Duh. Three cups of flour instead of the necessary one-and-a-third later, I realized my error only after a few minutes of consternation when the powdery … Continue reading

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