TREATS THAT AREN’T AT ALL COOKIE-CUTTER RECIPES
From our kitchen to yours: Sharing our favorite family recipes
Some holiday cookie recipes are passed down, from mother to daughter or granddaughter. Or passed over the fence, from neighbor to neighbor. Some are clipped out of the newspaper. We share nine of our favorites.
My daughter loves the spritz cookies. A girlfriend begs me to make her an extra batch of jam buttons. Year after year, the rolled shortbread cookies are a hit at our annual book club cookie swap.
Some recipes are passed down mother to daughter or granddaughter. Some are clipped out of the newspaper to share.
One of the recipes shared here — our staff ’s contribution to the holiday cookie compendium — comes from a Denver Post staffer’s greatgrandmother. Another, according to family lore, was learned from a neighbor who came knocking when he needed more space to make a large batch of unusual cookies ... which they happily provided, turning closet doors into table tops.
And then there are those cookies that don’t have a story but are a story in themselves, because they seem just too pretty to eat.
Most of us have holiday favorites, recipes we turn to — whether a family tradition or one we’ve discovered and hope to pass on. We hope you give some of these a try; maybe they will become a favorite of yours, too.
While we’re sharing: If you have a cookie recipe you’d like to share, e-mail it to email@example.com. We hope to test and publish a few more before the holiday season is over.
Happy baking! — Barbara Ellis, features editor
I started making decorated sugar cookies seven years ago, when my son’s preschool teacher banned messy cupcakes from her classroom. These sugar cookie recipes became my go-to recipes because the cookies always hold their shape — whether or not I refrigerate the dough. I like to make mine a little thicker so the cookie balances out the sweetness of the icing. — Lori Punko
Holiday cookies from Denver Post staff. See more recipes on Page 3C.
Snowflake sugar cookies, decorated by Lori Punko.