My Dad was big on Christmas cookies. Shortbread, pepparkakker (sp.?), those lacy deep-fried ones you make with the snowflake shaped iron, vanilla sugar cookies, molasses cookies, Lucia bread. Throughout the holidays there was an ever-present plate of cookies around. He bought them (I never once saw him bake anything) from a Danish bakery in Bay Ridge. When I started cooking I made Christmas cookies but they didn't compare. Dad joined the choir eternal before anything I made was very good. As time passed I played with the recipes. No matter how good the cookies I made were, they still weren't the originals. Memories of good things can screw with what you've got in the present too. But then the internet came along. And today I found this article:
And holy cow, there they are, most of the Christmas cookie recipes I've been working on for so long. And there, right there, are the little tweaks in ingredients and method that make a huge difference.
I don't know if I'll get to them before Christmas. There's so much to do. But I'm thinking a couple will make it to the Alka Seltzer Party on New Year's Day.
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