The holiday season always brings families together to create memories and traditions. Everyone has their own ideas about how to make their holiday perfect, but one item that seems to be on everyone’s list of favorite things is the cookies. Holiday cookies are one of the top items to get the holiday spirit flowing. Try one or both of these cookie recipes from a local Baltimore expert and baker at Hamilton Bakery to add to your cookie platter.
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Baltimore, MD 21214
What made you open your own bakery?
Ruben Hernandez: “Opening the bakery came from from a combination of three things: opportunity – the neighborhood didn’t have a bakery or morning go-to place; need – before I opened the shop, I had a photography studio but that market is saturated and it wasn’t paying the bills; and passion – I’m a big ole foodie. I love to eat, cook, bake, all of it!”
Where did you learn to be a baker?
Ruben Hernandez: “All of my experience is practical. I’m not formally trained in anything. My grandmother was the best cook I’ve ever known. My mother was awesome as well. My mother once cooked a different meal every day for a year, it was incredible! I managed hotel properties for 16 years. Every property had a restaurant or bar or both. I was always in the kitchen, always trying to get a lesson. I watched a ton of Food Network.”
What do you think makes a the perfect Christmas cookie?
Ruben Hernandez: “I think any food has to remind you of whatever occasion it’s for. Fourth of July and apple pie, Thanksgiving and turkey, Christmas and cookies. I love a buttery cookie, cookies that are decadent. “
You’ll notice that this recipe has virtually no liquid. You can find these cookies in Hispanic bakeries. They’re brightly colored in pink or yellow, sometimes tri-colored.
** You can also use milk
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