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I blame it on Ted Lasso and his pink boxes full of fresh-baked shortbread: Our obsession over holiday cookies started early this year. Case in point, the popularity of our Salted Caramel Apple Cookies online and the feverish hunt for more irresistible cookie recipes that followed. We found them in an array of new cookbooks and decided to share our favorites for the holidays.
When a tray of all the cookies was brought down from our test kitchen—which has finally reopened!—I took more than my share of Dorie Greenspan’s Iced Spiced Hermits. I hope no one was counting. Also impressive was the Pink Grapefruit Sugar Cookie, pictured above, from Jesse Szewczyk’s cookbook, Cookies: The New Classics.
Cookies: The New Classics
We’re also drawn to cookbook author Ayesha Curry, who designed a gorgeous menu for this year’s festivities. The Prime Rib Roast With Habanero Crema is succulent, tender, and paired with an easy side of cabbage and carrots (made fancy by a boost of aromatics and allspice). A colorful salad topped with a bright citrus dressing and a sticky-sweet rum cake round out the meal.
As writer Elizabeth Acevedo reminds us in her essay for our column “All on the Table,” it’s non-materialistic things like family—and who is headlining in the kitchen—that matter most this time of year. But if you are in need of some presents, check out our gift guide. I can’t stop staring at that Bloom Teapot. And speaking of tea, you’ll never guess who Jimmy Fallon is inviting to his dream party.
‘Tis the season:
Hand-marbled serving bowls, gift-worthy coffee subscriptions, and the platonic ideal of a panettone