Holiday baking

It’s that time of year again…

Christmastime always makes me think of rolling out sugar cookie dough and pressing Hershey Kisses into the tops of peanut blossoms. Of course the eating part is fun, but it’s really all about doing something fun with your family.

Our number-one tradition, of course, is gooey bubble bread on Christmas morning.

Then there are the sugar cookies, with colored icing and sprinkles.

If you’re feeling like a baking superstar, you can attempt Candy Striped Cookie Sticks.

Personally, I think you can’t go wrong with a classic chocolate-chip cookie dough recipe, which you can adapt to make:

• red velvet sandwiches
• chocolate cookies with mint chips (just add cocoa powder)
• cranberry walnut cookies (swap dried berries for the chocolate chips)
• spirals (leave out chips entirely and roll half chocolate-half regular dough together and slice)
chocolate Suzies

Peanut butter lovers, you must make those peanut blossoms,

and stuffed peanut butter ball cookies.

This year I might be sticking to the much less guilt-inducing Pepparkakor in various shapes.

What are you baking this year?