Cookie recipe round-up, or Happy Christmukkah!

Spicy gingerbread granola cookies

My goodness, friends, what an intense few days it’s been around here! Between posting up here, we celebrated Greg’s birthday with a three-course meal, I organized two events (one large, one small), made many new friends and contacts, and threw my first work party. Oh yeah, and we’re flying back to Winnipeg on Sunday, with no Christmas gifts as of yet and no packed suitcases (sorry, friends and family – we’re working on it!). But I’m proud to say that at least no one began “hacking and coughing almost immediately, then passing out” at my work events. Hooray to small victories. Oh yeah, and at least I ate some cookies and sufganiyot.

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Spicy gingerbread granola cookies

Spicy gingerbread granola cookies, or my take on Russian Pryaniki

I remember pryaniki as being the dry, powdery cookies hiding inside the bread box at my parents’ house. Their spicy taste and lack of discernible filling seemed unnatural for a cookie, and an affront to the sense of a sugar-deprived 8-year-old. Suffice to say the pryaniki and I did not get along for years. But then chewy,…

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Lemon rosemary shortbread cookies

Lemon rosemary shortbread cookies, done two ways (gluten-free, vegan), or the cookies to please everyone

Each Christmas, there would be a triple-tiered, emerald-green cookie tray passed around the room at Greg’s parents’ home. Its smell often preceded it: chocolate, cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg mixed with the unmistakable scent of butter. Filled with Nanaimo bars, gingerbread cookies, chocolate-marshmallow balls and orange jellies, it was a testament to generations of family recipes,…

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Dreidels, sufganiyot and latkes: My Hanukkah link round-up

With the first candle of Hanukkah already flickering in the near future, I figured it’s time to help those of us who are still searching for what to make for eight nights in a row, need an extra dish for a special Hanukkah dinner, or are just looking to surprise a Jewish friend or loved…

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