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That special bottle, or box, of wine

By Dave Buchanan

Looking out the kitchen window, I realize the weather outside really is frightful. Which must mean it’s time to find that special bottle of wine for the holidays. Since there is no such thing as the “perfect wine for ...

120810 Cookies Day 5

Holiday cookies — Day 5: Chocolate lace

By The AP

For Day 5 of The Associated Press’ 12 Days of Holiday Cookies, we’re all about the basic drop cookie. For the unskilled baker, drop cookies are among the easiest cookies to handle. These rich, crunchy and thin cookies come ...

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Heartwarming bread: It spreads comfort, stirs memories

By Rachel Sauer

Let’s say it’s been a lousy day — a pop quiz, maybe, or a finger-pointing boss. Rotten traffic, lunch squashed at the bottom of a backpack, a threadbare temper, the threat of a headache that hovers and descends. Let’s ...

120110 Cookies Day 4

Holiday cookies — Day 4: Basic icebox cookie

By The AP

It’s Day 4, so it’s time to show off your creative side. We created a basic icebox cookie — which is the sort of dough that is formed into a log, chilled, then sliced into rounds just before baking — that is easily ...

120110 Cookies Day 3

Holiday cookies — Day 3: Mix-and-go approach

By The AP

A mix-and-go approach was on order for Day 3 of the 12 Days of Holiday Cookies. As in, dump the ingredients in the mixer and you’re already nearly done. Because these buttery rich vanilla shortbread cookies take just minutes to pull ...

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Holiday cookies — Day 2: Pink and peppery

By The AP

For Day 2, we decided to take a classic — yet simple — German pepper cookie and make it a bit more festive and a bit more peppery. Pfeffernusse are small, firm peppery balls often served with tea or cocoa. Traditional recipes call ...

112410 Cookies Day 1

Holiday cookies — Day 1: Baking not necessary

By The AP

To ease you into the holiday cookie baking spirit, we decided to keep it easy and start the season with a no-bake cookie. Day 1 of The Associated Press 12 Days of Holiday Cookies features a remake of the classic chocolate oatmeal no-bake ...

120810 Cookies Day 6

Holiday cookies — Day 6: Sandwich cookies

By The AP

The halfway point of the 12 Days of Holiday Cookies called for a double dose of peanut butter — and a double dose of cookies. We created a simple, but divine peanut butter sandwich cookie that uses peanut butter in both the cookie dough ...

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Holiday cookies — Day 8: Chocolate linzer cookies

By The AP

Traditional linzer cookies are filled with blackcurrant, redcurrant or raspberry jam. But for Day 8 we decided a richer version was called for. So we blended raspberry jam with melted dark chocolate, a delicious pairing for the chocolate ...

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Holiday cookies — Day 7: Rum raisin tartlets

By The AP

Flat cookies are fine, but for Day 7 of The Associated Press’ 12 Days of Holiday Cookies we decided to go for a bit of depth. As in a cup-shaped cookie made from a rich cream cheese and butter-based dough, then filled with a creamy ...

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