CULINARY ARTS: 3 Christmas cookies you can easily bake

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM.

With lots of German influence from both sets of grandparents, spice cookies, especially Lebkuchen — my favorite — always figure highly on my list.

This year, I want to try Pfeffernüsse, little “pepper nut” balls. They look festive and Christmassy dusted with powdered sugar.

Put on some Bing Crosby, add a little Julie Andrews and Nat King Cole, stir in some Mannheim Steamroller, and — if I may suggest a selection you may not know — Nancy LaMott’s heartfelt “Just in Time for Christmas,” and meet me in the kitchen.

GINGERBREAD

These gingerbread cookies, whatever shape you choose to make them in, are spicy and chewy. The dough must refrigerate overnight, so plan ahead.

Ingredients

1 jar (12 ounces) dark, unsulphured molasses



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