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Secrets to making perfect holiday cookies

The holidays are fast approaching and chances are you’ll soon be receiving invitations to a cookie exchange or other requests for baked goods. Consider these simple tips for making homemade cookies you’ll be proud to share.

•Get organized. “Before anything else, read the recipe thoroughly so there are no unpleasant surprises when baking,” says Ginny Bean, publisher of Ginny’s catalog.

•Keep it simple. Bean recommends starting with this good, basic dough recipe and adding different ingredients to customize the taste and texture to personal preferences.

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

¾ cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 ¼   cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

“There’s almost no end to what you can do to this dough,” says Bean. “Get creative and experiment with different mix-ins like lemon peel, pumpkin pie spice, even instant coffee, or substitute toffee or peppermint chips for traditional chocolate and butterscotch.”

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