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Ovation: Five Favorite Christmas Cookies.
For those of us with a sweet tooth, the holidays offer untold numbers of opportunities for willpower to fall by the wayside. During the second half of December, gift baskets filled with sweets arrive in offices, restaurants and coffee shops offer special desserts and holiday themed specials, bakeries and supermarkets display scrumptious cakes and pastries and people everywhere try their hand at baking Christmas cookies.
From my point of view, there is nothing better than a fresh-from-the-oven home-made cookie. Over the years, I’ve tested my baking skills by trying many different Christmas cookie recipes. A plate filled with beautifully-decorated and delicious Christmas cookies is something that any baker can be proud of. Everyone has their favorite Christmas cookies … here are my top five.
Spritz. The name spritz comes from the German word spritzen meaning “to squirt” because the soft dough is squirted or pushed through a cookie press to make fancy designs. The resulting, buttery rich cookies are tender and delicious and can be decorated with colored sugars to look festive on a plate.
Pecan Sandies. This classic shortbread cookie is a bit lighter and softer than traditional shortbread and flavored with crushed pecans. Sweet and chewy, this cookie offers a perfect combination.
Thumbprints. These very popular holiday cookies are also made with a shortbread-like dough that is formed into balls and then rolled in either finely chopped nuts or dried coconut. The name “thumbprint” comes from the fact that the baker uses a thumb to make an indention into each ball of dough and then fills it with a flavorful jam.
Snickerdoodles. Snickerdoodles are a type of sugar cookie that is rolled in a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon before baking. There appearance is characterized by a cracked surface and can be crisp or soft depending on preference.
Peanut Butter Blossom. This peanut butter cookie with a Hershey’s Kiss in the center is a delicious addition to any plate of Christmas cookies. Rumor has it, this popular cookie was created for the 1957 Pillsbury Bake-Off. It didn’t win, but has become quite popular nonetheless.
There are so many more wonderful Christmas cookies. Take a look at the dessert selection at the next party, dinner or other gathering that you attend this holiday season and you’ll certainly see many different varieties of Christmas cookies.
What’s YOUR favorite Christmas cookie?
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