You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.
We hope your batches of Holiday Cut-Out Cookies are well on their neatly-packaged ways to friends and family far and wide, but we're sure you didn't stop there. This is full-on holiday cookie crackdown mode. Get your baking sheets out, and switch up this year's cookie roster, because we're answering the question:
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What is your favorite holiday cookie? Here's the twist: if someone already claimed your cookie, it is no longer eligible to be your favorite.
Let the creativity ensue.
Marian: My honorary second mother, Martha, makes the best peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. She won't share the recipe, and both of her sons are spoken for, so marrying into it is unlikely. It's tragic.
Amanda: Jenny took mine! I also like my mother's hazelnut lemon cookies, which are like a chewy, lemony macaroon.
Stephanie: My new favorite is candy cane cookies from Christina Tosi. They are crunchy and chewy wonders with marshmallows, cornflakes, chocolate chips, and candy cane bits. And they're huge. I've eaten a lot already.
I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.