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Basler Brunsli

Named for Basel, Switzerland, these chocolate meringue cookies are unusually spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. After whipping up the meringue base, I folded it into a mix of ground almonds, cocoa powder, finely grated semi-sweet chocolate and a bit … Continue reading

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Lebkuchen

Lebkuchen is the German compound for overkill. Or overload. Or it should be. (sigh) Actually, it translates to gingerbread. (Incidentally, so does Pfefferkuchen, another appellation for these sweet spicy treats.) While Lebkuchen the word has been around since the early … Continue reading

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Κουραμπιέδες

Κουραμπιέδες — or Kourabiedes — are shortbread, or more literally, sugared buns. They are delicious, and not at all unlike polvorones (remember them?). Baked for festive occasions, they are a quintessentially-Greek, year-round, any-special-occasion cookie, according to Sharon Tyler Herbst. And … Continue reading

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Brune kager

Brune kager, Danish brown cakes, are thin and crisp. Sweetened with dark corn syrup, molasses and brown sugar, and rich with finely chopped almonds and butter, they must be a delightful Christmas-time treat. Fresh orange zest, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and … Continue reading

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Moravian molasses cookies

Another holiday standby, Moravian molasses cookies are traditionally rolled paper-thin and are ultra-crisp. This recipe originated in Old Salem, North Carolina, one of the first Moravian settlements in the United States in 1753, or so says Sharon Tyler Herbst. I … Continue reading

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Sint Nikolaas Koekjes

Sharon Tyler Herbst says right up front on this Dutch recipe that before trying Sint Nikolaas Koekjes she did not care much for spice cookies, but that these won her over. Well. Imagine how much those of us who enjoy … Continue reading

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A cookie by any other name would taste as sweet

Apparently Sharon Tyler Herbst’s mother, Kay, baked a delicious cookie for her children, a cookie that bore an unfortunate and boring name, and so she told her children that they were snickerdoodles. But they weren’t, something the author did not … Continue reading

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