TIP OF THE DAY: Make Pfeffernüsse, German Spice Christmas Cookies

December 23rd is National Pfeffernüsse Day, celebrating a traditional German Christmas cookie: rounded, spicy and coated in powdered sugar. Pronounced FEH-fehr-NEE-suh, the word means “pepper nuts.” The “nuts” refer to the nut-like hardness of the cookie; there are no nuts in the recipe. Rather, these cookies are laden with gingerbread spices (anise, cloves, nutmeg), and…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cup Rim Cookies

Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition in many homes. While recipes abound, here’s a spin: cup cookies. They’re notched to fit on a cup rim, an engaging way to serve a cookie with coffee, tea, hot chocolate or milk. You can make your favorite recipe or use refrigerated cookie dough. Treat the family, bring a…
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RECIPE: Christmas Ornament Cookies

If our recent article on making Christmas tree ornaments from deyhydrated fruit didn’t appeal to you, how about cookie ornaments? Unlike the dried citrus, you can eat the cookies when you take down the tree. This is a recipe for people who want to hone their decorating techniques. Marian, cookie decorating expert and author of…
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RECIPE: Reindeer Sugar Cookies

Take a bite of Rudolph. Photo and recipe courtesy Pillsbury.   This is a quick recipe using refrigerated cookie dough and a container of frosting. You can of course use your own homemade recipes. You can also use gingerbread cookie dough like Pillsbury Create ‘n Bake. Just shape the cookie dough into a triangular log,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Christmas Cookie Exchange

There’s still time to organize a Christmas cookie exchange. Each participant bakes a different cookie and the group gets together to “exchange” their cookies, so that each participant goes home with a variety for the holidays. FoodTimeline.org researched old newspapers and found that cookie exchanges (a.k.a. cookie swaps, cookie trades and cooky exchanges) first surfaced…
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