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Cookies for Santa

It's the least we can do for the globe-travelling, present-giver.

Each year, we bake big batches of Christmas cookies. Some will be gifts, some we will eat, and of course, some will be left as an offering for Santa.

Over time, we’ve tested and experimented with new recipes, but some traditional favourites are standards on the must-bake list. A hearty sampling is always left for the big guy in red. Here’s what’s on the plate for tonight.

Photos: Ben Loughton

As soon as the bricks of butter land on the counter to get to room temperature, my littlest elf knows baking is soon to follow. One simple, very interactive recipe is Russian Tea Cakes (thumb-print cookies) by Mrs. Fields.

Our dear friend Sandy gave us a pizzelle maker years ago and now this Italian, waffle-like cookie has joined our Christmas cookie repertoire.

A relatively recent addition is Martha Stewart’s Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies. This popular delight is crispy on the outside, gooey in the middle.

It’s not Christmas without the warm flavours and spicy smells of gingerbread. Mrs. Fields comes through again with an old-school recipe.

Ho Ho Ho.

Live beautifully,

Cynthia

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