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Christmas Cookies

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Pretty weird. Every Christmas season, I get drooling for Christmas cookies w/ icing on it. After the season, I don't eat them. Only during the months of November and December.

What's everybody's fav Christmas cookies?

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It's been a Christmas tradition at my house (since I was a kid), to decorate Christmas cookies. Mom made 2 kinds - sour cream white cookie and gingerbread. Gingerbread are my favorite topped with "snow icing" and decorated with colored sugar and sprinkles of different kinds. I also love her mint sticks (like a brownie with mint flavored chocolate topping) and seven layer cookies

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I think I have to say good old fashioned rolled, cut-out, Sugar Cookies. Santas, Trees, Snow Men, whatever. A little decorative icing and nothing says Christmas more. And tho not a cookie, can't have Christmas w/out fudge.

Jeff

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