TREATS THAT AREN’T AT ALL COOKIE-CUT­TER RECIPES

From our kitchen to yours: Shar­ing our fa­vorite fam­ily recipes

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE -

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 bel­lis@den­ver­post.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

Photos by Amy Brothers, The Den­ver Post

Hol­i­day cook­ies from Den­ver Post staff. See more recipes on Page 3C.

Photos by Amy Brothers, The Den­ver Post

Snowflake sugar cook­ies, dec­o­rated by Lori Punko.

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