32 degrees, wavering between snow and sleet
Silent Night, Paul Cardall
When I asked readers on social media to name the holiday cookie they absolutely have to have every year, I received dozens of responses. As I expected, there were the classic favorites: spiced gingerbread, frosted sugar cookies, thumbprints, peanut butter blossoms, snickerdoodles. Several recipes had the word “Grandma’s” before the cookie, indicating to me that the recipe had been around shaping their family palate for generations.
Others surprised me with their responses. Pfeffernusse came up multiple times, and when one person would mention the tiny German cookie, another person would chime in in agreement. Several other cookies had apparent regional significance, too, like Greek Butter Cookies, Chinese Wedding Balls, and Russian Tea Cakes. One reader selected “cream cheese foldovers,” which she said were the winner of the 1981 Anchorage Times cookie contest. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a cream cheese foldover, but now I’m intrigued.
One of the cookies that appeared on the list was crinkle cookies, which I understand to be a dark chocolate cookie dough rolled in powdered sugar then baked until crackly and beautiful. I added a good dose of peppermint extract to this version, because mint is another one of the readers’ favorite holiday flavors.