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The Cookstr Weekly: Christmas Spectacular

January 5, 2015
While Thanksgiving is the holiday of prescribed traditions, Christmas varies wildly from family to family. There’s the Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, the English prime rib, the Christmas ham, even roast goose or turkey with oyster stuffing. The requirements are simply a large, festive, edible centerpiece (not necessarily a hunk of meat or a whole bird – I’ve participated in a Christmas dinner anchored by a giant pan of vegan lasagna), some side dishes of vegetables roasted until they’re golden and crispy, and good bread. And, of course, some Christmas cookies.
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Kara Rota
Editorial Director

  by Caryn Lerner

A version of the classic Mexican wedding cookies were a staple on Christmas cookie platters at my Italian-American aunts’ and uncles’ homes during Christmastime. They were often shaped into crescents, and I loved how the powdered sugar gave way to their crumbly, almond-infused innards. Turning the same cookie recipe into mice for Christmas eve, when they might be the only creatures stirring on Santa’s cookie plate, is an inspired idea worthy of making a new tradition.

More Christmas Recipes from Cookstr 

What’s New on Cookstr: Spaghetti with Wilted Greens and Walnut Pesto
  by Lara Ferroni

“Walnuts add a lovely mellowness to this herby pesto, which melts beautifully when stirred into warm pasta. For an extra-green version, try substituting pistachios for the walnuts.”

Lara Ferroni

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