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Triple Ginger Cookies

While it’s perfectly fine to roll these cookies in granulated sugar, it’s worth seeking out coarse sugar for its addictive crunch.

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Popcorn Cookies

I got the genius idea to put popcorn in a cookie from one of my favorite food bloggers, Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen.

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Peppermint Snowcaps

These gluten-free cookies are also delicious made with Mexican spices. Just omit the peppermint extract and add 1 tsp ancho chili powder and 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon to the dry mix.

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Raspberry Thumbprints

For thumbprints, you want a stiffer jam made with pectin so it won’t bleed into the cookie. These are also delicious filled with lemon curd or chocolate ganache.

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Golden Pecan Balls

These snowy orbs are rich, buttery and crunchy with nuts. Golden syrup gives them a unique, toffee-like flavour.

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Chocolate Compost Cookies

Momofuku Milk Bar pastry chef and co-owner Christina Tosi took New York by storm with her salty-sweet Compost Cookies. I’ve applied her genius concept to my dark chocolate cookie recipe.

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Polenta Shortbread

I learned the secret to perfect shortbread when I wrote a story about Lesia Kohut, the owner of LPK’s Culinary Groove, a patisserie in Toronto. Bread flour keeps the texture from getting too sandy.

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Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Adapted from Alice Medrich’s Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your Mouth Cookies, these dark chocolate wafers are delicious on their own and even better with a gooey filling of Nutella.

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Gingersnap Snowflakes

When I was growing up, Christmas wasn’t complete without my grandmother’s piparkoogid, the Estonian spin on gingersnaps. After a few humorous lost-in-translation moments, I managed to wrestle the recipe from her and carry on the tradition.

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Christmas Biscotti

I’ve been making variations of these biscotti for more than two decades. The recipe comes from my aunt Sue Devor, a retired pastry chef.

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Spring Lamb Chops With Fresh Mint Sauce

With the fresh mint sauce taking just 2 minutes to prepare, and the grilled lamb chops around 6 minutes, this could easily become a favorite workday main.

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Chicken Yakitori

Yakitori are traditional Japanese kebabs often served by street vendors.

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Quinoa-Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Don’t use red quinoa for this recipe as it won’t absorb the flavors as well.

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Winter Caprese Bites

Oven-drying tomatoes slowly removes the water and intensifies the fruit’s natural umami. The tomatoes can be made up to 3 days in advance.

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Arctic Char Gravlax With Horseradish Cream

This recipe can also be made with the equivalent weight of salmon cut from the tail end. If using center-cut salmon, it will need to cure for 36 to 48 hours.