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.
New Year's Day
For a pretty presentation, spoon dip into a hollowed bell pepper or small head of red cabbage. Arrange large leafy lettuce leaves in a shallow basket. Place dip in center of basket and arrange crudités and bread sticks attractively around dip.
30 minutes or fewer
The garlic-flavored baguette toasts that form the base for these canapés may be made 4 days ahead and kept in a sealable plastic bag at room temperature. Makes 24.
In Brazil, many people eat a plate of lentils at New Year’s dinner to invite prosperity during the year to come. Since lentils look like small coins, and they almost double in size after they’re cooked, Brazilians say they attract fortune and wealth.