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Annual Holiday Gingerbread Cookies (& one last GIVEAWAY)

Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

Ahh, the annual tradition of gingerbread.

AKA: how I spent my Thanksgiving vacation.

All of it.

Tediously cutting. And baking. And piping. And flooding. And cutting out miniature fondant scarves.

Holiday Gingerbread Cookies Packaged for Shipping

But you know what? They turned out so gosh darn cute it was totally worth it. Robin and I are getting better, don’t you think?

Holiday Christmas Cookie Packaging

It was also my first year shipping the fragile boys and girls to relatives. I haven’t heard of any casualties, so I am assuming they all made it to their destination with heads and toes in tact.

And because I’m sure people will ask… The cookies were first sealed inside cute cello bags (XL size), which fit perfectly inside these glossy white gift boxes, which in turn were the perfect size to stack (lightly wrapped in bubblewrap) inside the square Priority mail boxes. Each box was tied with either pretty grosgrain ribbon or two colors of baker’s twine, and labeled with a printed sticker of my own design. I sent two varieties of cookies, the gingerbeads pictured above and a tasty mocha shortbread cookie (recipe to come). Precious!

(By the way, if you’re looking for the gingerbread recipe, it’s my grandmother Bettie’s. And you can find it right here.)

Holiday Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

All good things have to come to and end. Such is the case with giveaway week. I thought, what better way to end such a fabulous week than with a homemade gift box? That’s right, I’ll be giving away not one, but TWO gift boxes filled with homemade goodies from the Love & Olive Oil kitchen. What’s inside? Well, I’m not exactly sure yet. Chances are good you’ll get some jam, and surely some cookies or other festive sweets. But who knows what else I’ll decide to throw in there. It’ll be good though, that I can promise you! The boxes will be shipped out on Monday, and should arrive at your doorstep just in time for Christmas. Joy!

****GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What is your all time favorite holiday cookie? (And, you know, feel free to link to the recipe in case someone else *cough*like me*cough* wants to try them…)

Entries open through 12/19/10 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner the morning of Monday, December 20th. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from yours truly. Please note that due to the perishable nature of this prize, this contest is open to US residents ONLY (sorry International folks… I’ll try to track down a non-perishable giveaway for you soon!)

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
I just entered to win a homemade holiday gift box of goodies from @loveandoliveoil! Enter here: http://bit.ly/eDdv43
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 24 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

Disclaimer: The goodies in this giveaway are homemade, made in my own (non commercial) kitchen. I’ve personally eaten and will sample all the edibles contained in the gift box prior to sending them, however should you win, you consume at your own risk. Please don’t sue me. Thanks!

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  1. 1
    Shannon W
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Gingersnaps!

    Reply

  2. 2
    Shannon W
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Also, I’m a friend on fbook! :)

    Reply

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    Meghan
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Snickerdoodles!

    Close second: No-Bake Cookies.

    I’m still trying to find my dad’s recipes. They were lost after a few moves. :(

    Reply

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    Meghan
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I’m also a fan on facebook.

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    Colleen
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

    My grandmother makes delicious pepparkakor at christmastime. They’re my favorite!

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    HeatherDiane
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

    My mom makes Butter Nut Balls (Snowballs to most) every year & they’ve always been my favorite…. though I made your grandma’s gingerbread last night for the second year in a row & it’s my favorite to bake! :)

    Reply

  7. 7
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I love an almond-chocolate cookie our family always make that look like logs!

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  8. 8
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I’m also a fan on FB :)

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    HeatherDiane
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Also, I’m a fan on Facebook & retweeted your link (@HeatherDiane17).

    Reply

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    Jo
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Mexican wedding cookies!

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    Holly
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Sugar cookies. Yum!

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    Mary Frances
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Just plain sugar cookies for me!

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    Bonnie
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I like to make Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip cookies. Use your basic chocolate chip cookie recipe with semi-sweet chips, and add the zest of several oranges and some dried cranberries to the batter mix, then spoon onto cookie sheet and bake the same as if they were plain chocolate chip cookies. Yummy! The more orange and cranberries you use, the zippier the flavor!

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    Bonnie
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Already a FB fan. That’s how I found out about this!

    Reply

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    courtney
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:53 am

    chocolate crinkles!

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    Christopher Sorel
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:56 am

    snowballs are the best

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I love Buckeyes! Not really traditionally Christmas, but we always have them at Christmastime and it always makes the holidays right! :)

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I also am a Facebook fan.

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    Christopher Sorel
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

    fan on FB

    Reply

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:59 am

    peanut butter hersheys kiss cookies! NOM.

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    Deanna
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    My grandma makes these awesome sour cream cookies with walnuts in them and bright green frosting! Yumm

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    Michelle
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Anginetti

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  23. 23
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Oh gosh, to narrow down to one cookie. My mom and I bake cookies every year and we always include Cream Cheese Spritz. We use a cookie press to make them look like little Christmas trees. They are simple and delicious. (Will be on my blog soon!)

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  24. 24
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I tweeted!

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  25. 25
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook! And I really like jam!

    Reply

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    A cinnamon snap recipe a friend gave me. Sorry, I don’t think it’s anywhere on the internet! But…it’s like gingerbread cookies, but more cinnamony and chewy. And they’re rolled in sugar. Seriously delicious!

    Reply

  27. 27
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I ‘like’ you on Facebook!

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    Sarah
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Dorie Greenspan’s chocolate chunkers. For when you REALLY want chocolate.

    http://www.doriegreenspan.com/print/2009/03/chocolate-chunkers-the-cookies-that-didnt-get-me-fired.html

    Reply

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    My cousin makes the best gingerbread cookies I’ve ever tasted – I am extremely curious to taste yours and compare. Her recipe is a secret.

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Also a facebook fan.

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    Ellen
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Whipped shortbread! With icing and a piece or maraschino cherry on top.

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  32. 33
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    And you know I’m a fan on Facebook!

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    Amy Wolff
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Cranberry white chocolate cookies…with fresh cranberries, orange zest and lots of real butter. Best cookie I ever made.

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  34. 35
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Ever since I was a little girl, gingerbread cookies have been my favorite. I love their chewiness, crispiness and spice they bring. Really warms my soul! I will have to check out your favorite recipe!

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  35. 36
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I think no-bakes, lazy as they are, have to top my list. My family is Jewish, so we never really get into the Christmas spirit as much as I’d like, which means no one to bake cookies for! But when the opportunities arises, I’m a sugar cookies & no-bakes kinda gal.

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  36. 37
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    And I already like L&OO on Facebook!

    Reply

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    My family is italian. Every year my grandmother makes loads of different kinds of cookies to give to friends and family. I think it is a toss up between pizelles and her colorful italian cookies – pizzelles for taste and italian cookies for visual interest.

    http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

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    Kristi
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Just tried mint chocolate trip forgotten cookies. Easy and they taste like ice cream!

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    Jen F
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Favorite Christmas cookie is a Whirl-O-Way – straight from the freezer is just the best!

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    karen b
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Gingerrrrr cookies, yum. Not only do they taste good, they require candied ginger, which means I am FORCED — forced, I tell you! — to keep candied ginger in the house.

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    Jen F
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I’m a fan on FB.

    Reply

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    karen b
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    And I’m a fan on the FB! :)

    Reply

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I thought I knew what my favorite holiday cookie was until I made snickerdoodles this year – so simply, fluffy and just down right amazing. here’s the link: http://www.bakedbyrachel.com/2010/12/snickerdoodle-cookies/

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  44. 45
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I like you on fb! :)

    Reply

  45. 46
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    tweeted the giveaway :)

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    kristin m.
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    generally, i feel like you can’t go wrong with the classics, take the chocolate chip cookie for example. but WHAT IF you added white chocolate chips instead, dried cranberries and roasted/salted pistachios???? you get freakin’ yumolicious cookie, that’s what! so yeah, that’s totally my fav — and PERFECT for giving!
    kristinmik at gmail

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    jade
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    My favorite holiday cookie is one from a memory that I’ve never been able to replicate. I used to get these awesome gingerbread men from a bakery near my grandmother’s house that went out of business. They were soft and not too molasses-y and perfect. I’ve been trying for years to find the “perfect” recipe, but have not yet succeeded ….

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    kristin m.
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    i “like” you on fb! kristinmik at gmail

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    kristin m.
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm
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    Kate
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I love anything with Jam!

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    kristen powell
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    My favorite just happens to be gingerbread! I would love to try your beautiful treats!!!

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    kristen powell
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I am already a fan on facebook!

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    Cathy
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I can’t help it, my favorite cookie is and always will be good ol’ chocolate chip (even at the holidays). I’m partial to Alton Brown’s Chewy recipe (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-chewy-recipe/index.html).

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  54. 55
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I love alfajores, it will be up on my blog tomorrow!

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  55. 56
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Old fashion sugar cookies cut into Christmas shapes and frosted to the tens.

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I already like you on FB!

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    KatieRK
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    My favorite holiday cookie is currently chewy molasses cookies!

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    KatieRK
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    i am now following on facebook too!

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    Eleana
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I adore these chewy ginger molassass cookies! There’s a lot of spiciness to them … perfect with a cup of tea sitting next to the Christmas tree.

    Already a fan on Facebook … and of course I’d definitely look forward to your homemade goodies!

    http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/chewy-molasses-spice-cookies

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  60. 61
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Last year I made 101cookbook’s recipe for gingerbread cookies and they won me over. It’s been my favorite cookie ever since!

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  61. 62
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook!

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  62. 63
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I love anything gingerbread, and my best friend and I always make chocolate-peanut butter balls…so delicious! Love your Gingerbread people-they are gorgeous!

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  63. 64
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I follow you on twitter and “like”d your page on Facebook–and I’m going to try your grandmother’s gingerbread cookie recipe tonight! Can’t wait!

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  64. 65
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    CANDY CANE COOKIES!!!
    CANDY CANE COOKIES!!!
    I made these and they are gone. Just like that!!
    Check them out:
    http://shortpresents.blogspot.com/2010/12/suggestive-sundays-candy-cane-cookies.html

    sincerely
    sp

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    Erin
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    The frosted sugar cookies my dad makes. I have no idea where he got the recipe, but he’s been making them for as far back as I can remember.

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    i’m a fan in fb

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    Erin
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Facebook fan!

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    just tweeted :) lovely

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    Anne
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    My mom makes fabulous spritz cookies, which are closely tied for 1st with homemade whoopie pies! yum!!

    atimchula715 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Julia
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Snickerdoodle cookies are so great for the holidays. The warm cinnamon smell of them, how they taste dipped in a glass of milk. Love it.

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    Julia
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    And I’m a fan on Facebook!!

    Reply

  72. 73
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I made candy cane kisses cookies this year and LOVED them!! http://kitchenspoonsandoverdues.blogspot.com/2010/12/cookie-swap-recipes.html

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  73. 74
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    tweeted :)

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  74. 75
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    & I’m of course a fan on facebook!

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  75. 76
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    It’s a toss-up between my mom’s melting moments and moldy mice. Clearly I like m cookies. (There are a LOT of m’s in that first sentence!) Sorry, no link though. One of these Christmases.

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

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    Erin R
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Ginger Cookie!
    although the traditional rolled gingerbread cookies are also wonderful, I love King Arthur Flour’s soft ginger molasses cookies.
    http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/soft-ginger-molasses-cookies-and-ginger-syrup-recipe
    definitely make the time to prepare the ginger syrup and also do the candied ginger alternatives!
    Last year we made a few hundred as gifts and EVERYONE wanted more!

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    Katie
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Who knows what they’re called, but they’re small chocolate balls rolled in powdered sugar. Chocolate Crinkles maybe?

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    Kelly
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Your cookies are so cute! My favorite are monster cookies.

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    Aubrey
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm
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    Anna Mkhikian
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    My favorite holiday cookies…I’ve not given this too much thought, but I guess I’d have to go with christmas tree sugar cookies.

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    Anna Mkhikian
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Also a fan on facebook!

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    Kelli
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Oatmeal Cranberry. Really any fruit or chocolate with oatmeal. Just delicious.

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Oatmeal chocolate chip. I can convince myself they are semi-healthy with oatmeal and the semisweek/dark chocolate chips! Happy Holidays!

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    Lindsey
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    iced gingerbread is actually my favorite!!!

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    Lindsey
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    And I’m a fan of L&OO on facebook!!

    Reply

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    Lynsey
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm
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    Tanya R
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    My favorite holiday cookies are “Angel Wings.” Helps me get in the spirit :)

    http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Angel-Wings

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    Tanya R
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I just “liked” you on facebook as well, THANK YOU!!!

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    tiffany
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I like the Hershey Kisses peanut blossom cookies – as well as the different variations on that cookie – with candy cane kisses or mint kisses with a chocolate cookie.

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    sarah
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    snickerdoodles!

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    MARCI J
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I love sugar cookies – classic, traditional, butter sugar cookies with LOTS of frosting and sprinkles :)

    Reply

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    Melissa
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Mexican wedding cookies, are they a Christmas cookie? I love them

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    My favorite holiday cookie is my mom’s scandanavian almond bars: http://cupcakemuffin.blogspot.com/2007/12/christmas-cookies.html

    Great giveaway!!! :)

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    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I’m also a fan on facebook. :)

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    Sara
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    David Lebovitz’s Peanut Butter Cookies filled with Caramel. They come out with a slightly crisp exterior and a warmy, gooey caramel center. Delicious!

    http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/12/peanut-butter-cookies-with-salte-1/

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    Sara
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I’m a fan on FB! :)

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    Stephanie
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    What is your all time favorite holiday cookie? Sugar cookies!

    I’m following you on twitter, and I tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/#!/l123455/status/15941394094891008

    nursegollum@gmail.com

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    Emily
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    For the past few years, my favorite holiday cookie has been the Hazelnut Shortbread Sticks on Epicurious. I replace the hazelnuts with pecans and they are fantastic — and beautiful as well!

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Hazelnut-Shortbread-Sticks-231311

    Enjoy!

    Emily

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    Louise
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Mrs. Sklow’s Butter Cookies – not exactly Christmas cookies but heavenly – recipe available if wanted

    Reply

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