Best Christmas Cookies Ever

Best Christmas Cookies Ever

My daughter, Leigh, made this cookie recipe from Allrecipes for all of her friends for holiday presents. They came out so good that we had to make them again for Christmas this week. This recipe is foolproof and easy. I love the icing with a touch of almond extract if you like a light almond flavor. Make sure you have your cookie cutters on hand and plenty of flour on your counter for rolling the dough. Feel free to half the recipe if you want to make a smaller batch, but we warn you. Your family and friends won’t be able to stopping eating these! Thank you Leigh for all of your help!

Hanukkah Sugar Cookies

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My daughter and I are always looking for a super easy sugar cookie recipe this time of year to make holiday cookies for Christmas and Hanukkah. My friend, Ashley, used this recipe from Allrecipes.com, and these Hanukkah Sugar Cookies are amazing!  These are really light, soft and not too sweet. Just be careful, you can’t stop eating them once you start. This recipe is also really simple and perfect for Hanukkah, Christmas or anytime of the year. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, starts at sundown tonight and until the evening of December 24th. The story of Hanukkah is one of revolution and miracles. Jewish people light menorah candles, one a night, for eight nights, gift gifts and eat fried potato pancakes (latkes). People always get confused on lighting the candles and which way to start so here you go:

On the first night of Chanukah, set one candle to the far right of the menorah. On the following night add a second light to the left of the first one, and then add one light each night of Chanukah—moving from right to left. Each night, light the newest (leftmost) candle first, and continue lighting from left to right. In other words, we add lights to the menorah from right to left, and we light from left to right. Happy Hanukkah from my family to yours!

Light and Fabulous: Passover Crescent Cookies

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Every year my sister, Julie, bakes with her college friend, Toby, and they make dozens and dozens of wonderful Passover desserts. I’m in awe when I go see what they have cooked up in the kitchen in just one day. They are always trying new Passover dessert recipes, but some have been passed to them by their other college friend, Elaine. Elaine’s mother, Joan May, told them about this recipe for Crescent Cookies a few years ago. Since then, this recipe has been a staple dessert on Passover in Julie’s and Toby’s homes.  Sometimes they dip them in chocolate, but I personally like them with a small dusting of powdered sugar. They are airy, light and so incredibly addictive. They taste nothing like a Passover cookie (no offense to Passover). They are great and only 5 ingredients. Thank you Toby, Julie, Elaine and Joan for letting me share this recipe with my readers.