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Sun Dec 8, 2019, 11:06 PM

Christmas Cookies

Some years I'm just not in the mood to make any Christmas cookies. What are your favorites to make and eat or what are traditional in your household? I want to do a few this year - maybe limit it to only three varieties so it's not overwhelming (and expensive). Any suggestions?

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llmart Dec 2019 OP
fierywoman Dec 2019 #1
llmart Dec 2019 #3
fierywoman Dec 2019 #4
fierywoman Dec 2019 #5
dem in texas Dec 2019 #17
SamKnause Dec 2019 #2
Ohiogal Dec 2019 #6
madamesilverspurs Dec 2019 #7
Dem2theMax Dec 2019 #34
madamesilverspurs Dec 2019 #35
Dem2theMax Dec 2019 #36
madamesilverspurs Jan 2020 #43
Dem2theMax Jan 2020 #44
dem4decades Dec 2019 #8
japple Dec 2019 #19
dem4decades Dec 2019 #20
japple Dec 2019 #21
dem4decades Dec 2019 #22
handmade34 Dec 2019 #9
pansypoo53219 Dec 2019 #10
PADemD Dec 2019 #11
llmart Dec 2019 #15
leftieNanner Dec 2019 #12
marble falls Dec 2019 #13
llmart Dec 2019 #14
marble falls Dec 2019 #16
dem in texas Dec 2019 #18
llmart Dec 2019 #30
dem in texas Dec 2019 #37
Phentex Dec 2019 #23
MissMillie Dec 2019 #24
Desert_Leslie Dec 2019 #27
Desert_Leslie Dec 2019 #25
llmart Dec 2019 #31
dewsgirl Dec 2019 #26
lynintenn Dec 2019 #28
Backseat Driver Dec 2019 #29
llmart Dec 2019 #32
applegrove Dec 2019 #33
yellowdogintexas Dec 2019 #38
trueblue2007 Dec 2019 #39
llmart Dec 2019 #40
trueblue2007 Dec 2019 #41
Marthe48 Dec 2019 #42

Response to llmart (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 11:11 PM

1. I gave up wheat and sugar a few months ago -- but my favorite is

zimm(t?)sterne: basically: beaten egg whites, ground almonds, a serious amount of sugar, cinnamon and at the end a crackle glaze from powdered sugar and water. You use star cookie cutters.

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Response to fierywoman (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 11:14 PM

3. Is that German?

I try to keep my sugar intake at a minimum too, but I do allow myself one small treat each day. Also, there are a few people/neighbors in my life who can't bake any longer and I'd like to take some cookies to them.

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Response to llmart (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 11:15 PM

4. Yup.. Very German.

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Response to fierywoman (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 11:20 PM

5. This looks like my mother's recipe ... and I'm wondering if I could use monkfruit sugar ...

Cinnamon Stars (Zimtsterne) #TwelveDaysofSanta | Webicurean

Perhaps not the prettiest cookie on the tray, they’ll certainly be one of the most popular.

Here’s the printer friendly version:
5.0 from 1 reviews
Cinnamon Stars (Zimtsterne)

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Prep time
24 hours
Cook time
25 mins
Total time
24 hours 25 mins

Nutty and filled with cinnamony goodness, these Cinnamon Stars, or Zimtsterne, are a delicious, gluten-free Swiss holiday treat.
Author: Anne Papina
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Swiss
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Cookies

⅓ cup egg whites (about 2 egg whites)
1¼ cups granulated sugar
1½ cups unblanched almonds, ground
1½ tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp all-purpose gluten-free flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar

Glaze

1 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 tbsp water

Instructions
Day 1: Prepare the Dough

In a mixer bowl, let the egg whites come to room temperature (about an hour).
Beat the egg whites on medium until soft peaks form when the beater is slowly raised. Gradually add the 1¼ cups sugar, beating well after each addition. Continue to beat until the egg whites are very thick and glossy and stiff peaks form when the beaters are slowly raised (this can take up to 10 minutes).
In a medium bowl, combine the almonds with the cinnamon. Stir in the egg white mixture and combine well. Refrigerate dough, covered, overnight.

Day 2: Make the Cookies

Combine the 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour with the 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl. Use this mixture to dust your work surface. Roll out the dough ¼ inch thick, one half at a time. Using a 3-inch star cookie cutter, cut out 12 cookies, and place 1 inch apart on a greased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
Let the cookies stand, uncovered, for about 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 300F.
Bake cookies 20 minutes, then remove from the oven.

Glaze

In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar with the water, stirring until smooth.
Use a brush to glaze the cookies, then return them to the oven for an additional 5 minutes. The surface will appear crusty.
Allow cookies to cool a bit before removing to wire racks.

Notes
Makes about 2 dozen.


Store in a tightly covered container with waxed paper between the layers. The cookies will keep well for several weeks.
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Response to llmart (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 02:29 PM

17. 1960's edition of Joy of Cooking has recipe

Made them many times.

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 11:14 PM

2. Eatmore Goodie Cookies

Type Eatmore Goodie Cookies in Google and the recipe comes up.

It is from 1964.

Only 5 ingredients.

We always used black walnuts.

They are easy, simple, delicious and addictive.

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 11:23 PM

6. One of my fondest childhood Christmas memories

was baking cutout cookies and decorating them with our Grandma. If I think hard enough I can almost taste them. Yum!

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 11:24 PM

7. Our family favorite

was always the "Mint Surprise" cookies. The Rockwood Mints came in a distinctive double-cylinder box. Those mints disappeared from store shelves years ago, unfortunately. I've tried using mint flavored chocolate chips, but it's not the same. If I could find those mint wafers I'd probably try to figure how to do some baking in my shoebox-size kitchen. Until then, I'm happy with cookies that other people bake. Mmmmmmmm……………


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Response to madamesilverspurs (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 14, 2019, 09:01 PM

34. Oh my gosh! You just brought back one of my favorite memories.

My mom made those cookies for us when we were kids. They were my absolute favorite. And of course as an adult, I've never been able to find the mints, and mom never wrote down a recipe, so she took it with her to her grave.

I've tried using a chocolate chip dough recipe without the chocolate chips, and have substituted a mint that just didn't taste the way the old ones did. But from your description, I was able to find the original recipe online, and I'm gonna go from there and figure out how to make those wonderful cookies again.

Thank you so much for posting this. This is the best Christmas present I am going to get this year!

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #34)

Sat Dec 14, 2019, 09:07 PM

35. Delighted!

And if you find suitable mints, please let me know!


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Response to madamesilverspurs (Reply #35)

Sat Dec 14, 2019, 09:10 PM

36. I promise I will.

I'm not kidding, I feel like a 5 year old on Christmas morning right now. I have been searching and searching for those mints, and a recipe to go with it, forever. And when I say forever, I'm 63 years old. So it's been a long time coming. I am so happy!

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #34)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 07:41 PM

43. Happy cookie new year!

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Reply #43)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 07:46 PM

44. Happy cookie New Year to you too!

How in the world did she find those? I must have searched for 24 hours straight online, and I couldn't find anything that I thought would work. So I bought a whole bunch of Andes Thin Mints at the store. But I haven't had a chance to make them yet.

I am definitely going to buy the mints your sister found.
And I'm so glad to hear they came out so good!

I really needed something to put a smile on my face today. You just did it. Again!

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 11:35 PM

8. For Christmas, the cream cheese cookies, made into christmas trees using that old

Metal press, with the batter green from the food coloring.

And red wreaths and the other shapes you can pt into the press.

Love toll house, peanut butter and ginger snaps too, but the green Christmas trees were once a year and special to a kid. And an adult that remembers being a kid.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 05:54 PM

19. My mother made those cookies, although she made them in the shape of christmas wreaths.

Her recipe came from the 1958 Mirro Cookie Press booklet, and they were called "holly wreaths." I have her cookie press and I still have pieces of that cookie recipe booklet. Mom always made the christmas trees using the recipe for spritz cookies and they were green, decorated with sprinkles. There was another recipe she made that had 1/2 marachino cherry in the middle. And then there was the recipe for cheese straws. She probably made a ton of cookies over the years and many people still remember them. Thanks for the memories. I still use her cookie press from time to time, but haven't ever mastered it like she did.

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Response to japple (Reply #19)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 06:08 PM

20. I bought one on ebay, i should go to work.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #20)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 06:22 PM

21. If your cookie press didn't come with the recipes, you can get them here:

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Response to japple (Reply #21)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 06:28 PM

22. Thank you.

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 11:36 PM

9. Springerle Cookies... my favorite

have never found a good mold, but love the taste and texture

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 11:45 PM

10. i don't make xmas cookies. i make cookies. IF i was gonna make any, i would make my grandma's

frosted melting moments, but i prefer coffee flavor frosting.

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 12:32 AM

11. Betty Crocker's Cookie Book

https://www.amazon.com/Betty-Crockers-Cooky-Book-Crocker/dp/0764566377

Lemon squares is one of the easiest, no fuss bar cookies. There are also large batch cookies and “fancy tea” cookies.

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Response to PADemD (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 09:12 AM

15. That book is the classic for Christmas cookie making.

I volunteer in a used book store and at this time of year, lots of young women are looking for that book.

I love lemon squares. I made magic cookie bars last year, but maybe I'll switch it up to lemon bars this year.

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 12:43 AM

12. Our family is gluten free

Our two daughters have celiac disease. We make almond spritz cookies, mixed nut wedding cookies (double coated in powdered sugar), and molasses ginger crackle cookies. All yummy! We also make candy at Christmas - honey vanilla caramel, peanut brittle, and walnut chocolate fudge. Let me know if you want any recipes!

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 02:51 AM

13. I'm going to use my great grandma's sugar cookie recipe and decorate them. ..

make creme frostings and use flavorings and colors.

I did get gifted 10# of Pecans so I might try something with those. Oatmeal Pecan Raisin?

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Response to marble falls (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 09:09 AM

14. You received a wonderful gift.

10# of pecans - I'd have to take out a second mortgage for that purchase.

I love pecans. All nuts are so expensive these days.

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Response to llmart (Reply #14)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 10:44 AM

16. We had a very good year this year after two not so bad ones and they're a buck or so a pound ...

cheaper than they've been in a while.

We've had years when friends would ask us to please come and pick up up 5gals or so off their lawns. Not there again yet, maybe next year.

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 03:52 PM

18. Orange Chocolate Chippers

I think I have posted this recipe before, but here is it - give it a try, you won't be disappointed

Orange Chocolate Chippers – Revised - Dec. 2014 (makes about 6 dozen)

My mother (who passed away in 2004) took this recipe from the Recipe of the Month section of a Better Homes and Gardens magazine back in the early 1950’s. It has been a family favorite ever since. When the family gets together, out come the cookie sheets and a batch of these cookies is baked for all to enjoy.

The original recipe called for a 3 oz, package of cream cheese and only made 3 dozen cookies. Many grocery stores no longer carry the 3 oz package of cream cheese and this recipe is so good that 3 dozen cookies is never enough, so I adjusted the recipe to use an 8-oz package of cream cheese and make 6 dozen cookies. This is truly the Queen of cookies – the best cookie recipe hands down. I am always asked for the recipe.

2 cups shortening (do not use butter)
2 cups sugar
1 8-oz. Package cream cheese
4 eggs
5 or 6 tablespoons finely chopped orange peel, use mirco plane zester for fine peel
4 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 12-oz bags semi sweet or milk chocolate chips (1 of each is best) Best is the blue bag Ghiardelli chocolate chips

Cream shortening, sugar and cream cheese together. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Add orange peel and vanilla. Mix well.

(Note: I grate the orange peel with a micro planner, it is a very fine grate. This gives the cookie a more intense orange flavor)

Sift flour and salt together. Add to creamed mixture. Add the chocolate chips and mix well.

Drop by teaspoon full, 2 inches apart on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until edge of cookies just start to brown. Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheet a minute, then move to wire rack to cool.

Watch closely as these cookies burn easily.

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Response to dem in texas (Reply #18)

Tue Dec 10, 2019, 12:09 AM

30. Wow! Those sound delicious.

I think I will try a batch of those. Can't go wrong with chocolate and orange together.

Thanks!

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Response to dem in texas (Reply #18)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 02:38 PM

37. My Mother's Great-Great Grand daughter is making this recipe

My granddaughter sent me this pic of her and my great-grand daughter making the cookies. So happy to see a family tradition handed down to the next generation.

Can you tell how tall my "great" is! She just turned 5, she's tall as a 7 or 8 year old!. My husband's sister is 6 ft; tall runs in his family.
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Response to llmart (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 07:10 PM

23. I like these chocolate wafers...

Mine look more like hockey pucks rather than wafers but they taste so good! And they look pretty.



https://www.marthastewart.com/1154435/chocolate-mint-wafers-sprinkles

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 07:19 PM

24. I don't bake much

But there is this recipe that I love that involves no baking... chocolate, oatmeal and peanut butter all done on the stove top and dropped on cookie sheets to cool.


I can remember quite a while back I used to buy some cookies (Archway, I think) that were like a snickerdoodle with a pool of raspberry in the middle. I really liked those cookies, but I haven't seen them in the store for years. I'd like to find a recipe for something similar, using lemon instead of raspberry.

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Response to MissMillie (Reply #24)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 07:48 PM

27. This recipe might work for you

I made cookies today that are sort of along the lines of what you are looking for -- and these were great:

Raspberry Walnut Thumbprint Cookies

From "The Kitchen Magpie" website.

The general concept: You make a pretty simple cookie dough, roll the dough balls in chopped walnuts, put in a thumbprint, bake for 10 minutes, take them out and fill them with the jam of your choice -- then they bake for another 8 minutes.

The recipe calls for raspberry but they say you can sub in whatever jam flavor you'd like.
I did half a batch with fig preserves and half a batch with strawberry.

I added the zest of one lemon (on my own) to zip up the dough while it was being mixed. Lemon was undetectable in the final product, but ....

If you are looking for snickerdoodle, you could add in some snickerdoodle-type spices to the cookie dough.

These cookies were tender yet crunchy from the walnuts. YUMMY.

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 07:38 PM

25. "12 Stunning Cookies" - NY Times

I made one of the recipes from this NY Times Cooking collection -- Brown Sugar-Anise Cookies. Fabulous. It's a shortbread-like base with anise seed and sanding sugar sprinkled on top. Very snappy/crispy. The taste reminds me of Italian anise biscotti -- but with a lot less work.

All the other recipes look great too. Just looking through their online slide show showing a short prep/final result for each cookie -- well, I gained weight just looking at the "food porn"!

> "These are 12 Christmas cookies for the modern era. Susan Spungen is a food stylist and cookbook author. She created these cookies as reimagined classics. Marbled Tahini, Dirty Chai Earthquakes, Homemade Pocky and more. Get the recipes: http://nyti.ms/2DNBJaU

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Response to Desert_Leslie (Reply #25)

Tue Dec 10, 2019, 12:13 AM

31. I'll check out the link later.

I have never liked the flavor of anise, so this might not be my choice. Or maybe I've never had a really good anise cookie.

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 07:44 PM

26. Butter balls.

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 07:48 PM

28. gingerbread cookies are my favorite

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 08:31 PM

29. We keep in simple with traditional chocolate chip cookies (Tollhouse recipe).

However, I grew up helping bake tins full of cookie-pressed and dressed Spritz, Walnut Horns rolled white in powdered sugar, cut-out shapes and/or decorated gingerbread men, Chocolate Crinkles, Pecan Tassi's and Rum Balls. Sometimes we'd make the no-bake haystacks.

https://themom100.com/recipe/the-best-no-bake-haystack-cookies/

DH's family did raspberry bars, Slovenian potica bread, a 6-layer walnut torte with chocolate butter cream icing, and the poppy seed and apricot and strawberry jam-filled kolachki's, https://www.thespruceeats.com/polish-kolaczki-recipe-1136953

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Response to Backseat Driver (Reply #29)

Tue Dec 10, 2019, 12:15 AM

32. All your suggestions brought back memories to me.

Those are many of the same ones I used to make as a young wife and mother. I remember making kolachkis from scratch one year and they took me forever but were a big hit. I've also made potica which I love but was time consuming. That walnut torte sounds amazing though.

Now I'm hungry for cookies!

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Tue Dec 10, 2019, 12:44 AM

33. Shortbread cookies in various shapes with sprinkles on them. I used

to make them every year.

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 09:06 PM

38. my favorites are those Scandinavian butter cookies which my

grandmother used to make. Alas, I never could get the hang of the cookie press.

My family loves Chocolate Shadows, and I put together a lot of slice and bake cookies of different kinds.

My baking tends to be more of the cake variety for the holidays though

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Mon Dec 23, 2019, 05:27 AM

39. MAKING THESE TOMORROW ..... Peppermint Mocha Cookies

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Response to trueblue2007 (Reply #39)

Mon Dec 23, 2019, 08:05 AM

40. I've looked at that website also.

She has some very good recipes that I've used in the past and kept. Her instructions are usually very informative and my baking turns out just right. These look yummy also.

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Response to llmart (Reply #40)

Mon Dec 23, 2019, 03:22 PM

41. AREN'T THOSE GREAT. i am gonna use a brownie cake mix though cuz i don't have time

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Response to llmart (Original post)

Mon Dec 23, 2019, 07:47 PM

42. I went low-carb this year

I usually bake a lot, and give a lot away, but most of my friends and relatives are either on diets, or have health concerns. So I am not baking baklava, 7 layer cookies, teacakes, thumbprints, ragalach or fudge.

My daughter gave me a bag of almond flour, and I have a bag of Stevia, so I made keto almond biscotti, and s.f. merignues. I also made rum balls with less sugar, but my other daughter wanted traditional. I don't feel good and I put off baking, but my daughter was here and helped me, and it went fast. I found a recipe today for keto rum balls I might try. I'm going to make sugar free Jello jigglers and vegan gelatin jigglers. When I showed my other daughter I had vegan gelatin, she told me I should just use vodka and make jello shots. lol

I have a recipe for chocolate chip cookie dough I make for my daughters. I suggested trying to adapt the recipe, but the one daughter said she'd be happy to have the regular recipe, since it is a treat. I don't eat that myself, prefer baked cookies.

I baked bread, too.

As for suggestions, if you want less expensive, leave the nuts out. Bar cookies are usually cheap. I usually buy supplies here and there so the cost isn't a big hit when I do start baking. My family and friends are thrilled if I make bread and rolls and they are super cheap. Have fun! Merry Christmas

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