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Cookie Klatch

Turn holiday baking into a chance for merrymaking: Host a cookie party
Cookie Klatch

What’s the most festive way to stock up on home-made holiday treats? Invite a few friends over for a bake-and-take cookie party. Ask guests to arrive with an apron, a prepare cookie recipe, a couple of baking sheets and carry-home containers. Preheat the oven, put out refreshments, then let everyone work together rolling, cutting cooling, decorating, and yes even cleaning. By the end of the evening, guests will have boxes of goodies to take home—and no one’s left holding the sponge or scrub pad. And if you’re looking for some sweet ideas that go beyond your basic sugar cookie, check out these winning recipes.

November/December 2008 p.42

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Pistachio-Cherry Sandwich Cookies

Pistachio-Cherry Sandwich Cookies

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The dough for these decadent cookies can be made up to two days ahead and chilled until ready to use. Feel free to try different jams and spreads in the center or cut the cookies into holiday shapes. For a lower-calorie option, skip the filling and serve the cookies as

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

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The secret to keeping these cookies soft and chewy is to roll out the dough on plastic wrap or wax paper while it’s still warm; then chill it before cutting into shapes. To take to a party, stack the plastic-wrapped, pre-rolled strips of dough on a baking sheet. For an

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Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Chocolate Chip Shortbread

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Rich, buttery shortbread is an ideal holiday cookie option because it keeps well and is sturdy enough to pack into gift baskets or send to faraway friends and family. For party preparation, either premeasure ingredients and combine on-site, or make the dough, press into the pan, and bake when you

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Raisin and Almond Cookies

Raisin and Almond Cookies

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The secret ingredient here is strong coffee, which gives these cookies their rich flavor.

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