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Classic and creative cookies for Christmas
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A lot of people have their favorite Christmas cookies that they bake year after year. Those are time-honored traditions for a reason: Everyone loves the cookies.

But sometimes it’s good to vary the repertoire. You never know when you might start a new tradition.

A new book from the editors at Oxmoor House has lots of ideas for traditional and contemporary cookies with a holiday flair.

“Christmas Cookie Swap! More Than 100 Treats to Share This Holiday Season” ($19.95) has about 100 cookie recipes divided into five categories. It also includes such basics as how to make and pipe royal icing and how to throw a cookie-swap party.

The first chapter consists of “cookies for Santa,” those cookies that are especially suited to leaving out at night with a glass of milk. These include triple gingersnaps, pretzel-toffee-chocolate chunk cookies, cherry-lemon candy canes, wreath macaroons and cranberry-walnut shortbread.

A chapter on decorated cookies includes spiced sorghum snowflakes, sugar-cookie trees, snowman cookies, gift-tag cookies, vanilla-brown sugar bells and gingerbread men.

Classics include pecan Linzer cookies, maple praline cookies, spiced almond-chocolate sprinkles, molasses crisps, chocolate-peppermint sandwich cookies and lemon-coconut snowballs.

Among the brownies and bars are peppermint-marshmallow brownies, amaretto-walnut brownies, pecan-pie brownies, peanut-brittle blondies, macadamia turtle bars, red ruby grapefruit bars and white chocolate cheesecake bars.

The book ends with such confections as buttery almond toffee, “not your Grandma’s” divinity, peppermint meringues, raspberry marshmallows and chocolate stout truffles.

“Christmas Cookie Swap!” offers something for almost everyone. If you’re in the mood for a new cookie, check out some of these recipes.

Recipe from “Christmas Cookie Swap!” (Oxmoor House)

Recipe from “Christmas Cookie Swap!” (Oxmoor House)

Recipe from “Christmas Cookie Swap!” (Oxmoor House)

mhastings@wsjournal.com (336) 727-7394

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