One of the best parts of winter, or one of the only good parts depending on how you feel about the cold, is a kitchen warm from the oven and the soul-hugging smell of cookies baking inside. With snowflakes falling outside and temperatures dipping lower and lower, winter is the very best season to enjoy these holiday treats.
Baker, Cookie Maker, and Grandmother
Darlene Anderson has been a Midwest gal her whole life. Born in Iowa, she spent much of her life in Minnesota, working in Minneapolis and raising a family in Monticello, before moving to Big Lake. Darlene makes cookies for bake sales and fundraisers, for church functions, for her eager grandchildren and for the smiling faces of anyone lucky to get their hands on some. Here, she shares with us the recipes that will fill your house this holiday season with that unbeatable smell of fresh-baked cookies straight from the oven.
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For the chilly weather of the holidays, enjoy the warm spices of clove and cinnamon and smooth sweetness of molasses that makes these cookies so delicious you won’t be able to stop eating them.
Dates are a classic holiday fruit, commonly given as gifts on Christmas, as well as baked into cakes and pastries. And they’re simply delicious in these one-of-a-kind cookies.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are the classics. Honestly, is there anything better than fresh chocolate chip cookies that melt right in your mouth?
Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.