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Tell us about your Christmas cookie traditions

December 17, 2009 |  6:02 am

We had a hard time choosing which recipes to publish with our Christmas cookie story. We didn't publish a recipe for Russian tea cakes, but a reader has asked for it, so here it is.

We also heard from lots of readers about their Christmas cookie experiences. A reader named Michelle in Santa Monica recalled coming home from school to see piles of a cookie called pogachas cooling in her kitchen and says she now bakes them for her own children.

I also heard from a woman who grew up in a parsonage in a Swedish family, where pepparkakor cookies, as well as spritz and mandelskorper, were among her favorites. And she adds: "My mother did not decorate the cookies, and I soon learned that the most decorated cookies at Christmas festivities at church were the ones that tasted the worst."

And a baker in Burbank said something very wise about her family's cookies: "I keep thinking my four adult children are not interested, but, sooner or later, I will be asked, 'Which cookies are you baking?' I am going out this morning to get all the butter I will need!"

We'd love to hear about your family baking traditions. Please write.

-- Mary MacVean


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Photo: Frozen fruit slices. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times