Recipe Roundup: Holiday Cookies

holiday cookies

There are many reasons to appreciate holiday cookies: they satisfy even the most overbearing of in-laws; they’re sweet sustenance for shivering carolers; and they bring us all together via a shared love for creamed sugar and butter. While every family has their own cookie traditions, we hope to add to the season’s sprit with a few of our own festive recipes.

Let’s Sugar Cookies
Throughout his childhood, James Beard enjoyed these simple, elegant sugar cookies made by Jue Let, the Beard family’s personal chef. But don’t be fooled by their innocent looks: the cookies contain mace, the outer membrane of nutmeg that packs a more pungent flavor.

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Recipe: Fresh Egg Custard with Pecan Shortbread

Egg Custard with Pecan Shortbread Always stocked on the shelves at your supermarket, eggs are easy to take for granted. But if you taste a fresh yolk from a nearby farm, where chickens lay eggs only in season instead being artificially induced to produce them year-round, you'll have a renewed appreciation for what's inside those cardboard cartons. Chef Steven Hartman of Georgia's Le Vigne Restaurant at Montaluce Winery makes the best of farm fresh eggs with this pure and simple custard, then serves it with delicate shortbread cookies. Get the whole recipe here.

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Recipe: Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lavender Shortbread Cookies Even if you're not planning on tuning in to tomorrow's hoopla across the pond, we're sure you'll find a reason to bake a batch of these sweet and floral shortbread cookies. Get the recipe here.

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March's Best Recipes

Chocolate Caramel TartletsMichael Reardon's chocolate–caramel tartlet with fleur de sel

Francesco Buitoni's Gnudi with Cavolo Nero Sauce These pillowy dumplings are made with ricotta impastata, a premium ricotta with a smooth and buttery texture. If you can't find it, let some high quality ricotta drain in the refrigerator for about a day. Michael Reardon's Chocolate–Caramel Tartlets with Fleur de Sel The irresistible combination of caramel and salt stars in these indulgent, single-serving tarts. Joe Cicala'

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