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Mexican Wedding Cookies (Russian Tea Cakes, etc.)

These cookies go by about half a dozen names, the most common among them being Mexican wedding cookies and Russian tea cakes. But they’re also sometimes called polvorones, butterballs, snowballs, and meltaways. So many cultures have some version of them, which makes sense because it’s a formula that works. The basic formula is some kind …

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Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars, sweet and crunchy

These crispy-topped brown sugar bars are at once familiar and surprising. The ingredient list is short and grocery store and pantry-friendly. The combination of Rice Krispies (or whatever puffed rice cereal you choose) and chocolate is reminiscent of a Nestle Crunch bar. But this particular arrangement—a layer of crisp and buttery brown sugar cookie covered …

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Mint Chip Cookies, one bowl wonders

These mint chip cookies are crowd pleasers.  They’re festive with a cookie dough that bakes up especially pale and white because it’s made with oil instead of butter. The white cookie sets off the bright green mint chips that dot these lovely little mounds. And they get a subtle glittering quality from taking a roll …

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Nibby Buckwheat Cookies, crisp and buttery

Like so many other people, I like to attempt to start the year on a health kick, but sometimes, even when I’m attempting to be responsible and moderate and grown-up, I just want cookies. Especially these nibby buckwheat cookies. I’ve been making these cookies for the holidays every year for, oh, I don’t know, something …

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White Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

These white chocolate raspberry cookies are delicate and lovely to look at. Even better, they’re delicious. Soft and chewy white chocolate cookies get filled with bright raspberry jam and then drizzled with more white chocolate. I’ve been making them for years. They were something my sister Erin found in an unassuming little volume put out …

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