Our cookie exchange cookbook

Very Merry Cookie Party: How to Plan and Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange has just been published by Chronicle Books. Barbara Grunes and I worked very hard to make this a great book. As the title suggests, we offer suggestions

Candied (Crystallized) Ginger

Candied ginger is delightful to have on hand for baking, and also comes in handy for stomach ills (just nibble on a couple of pieces of candied ginger if you’re feeling queasy). For best results, choose young, thin-skinned ginger that is not too fibrous.

Nanaimo Bars

Residents of the United States and Canada share many cookies in common. But one famous bar cookie is strictly Canadian–Nanaimo bars (say nuh-NYE-mo), named for a city on Vancouver Island.

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