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December 25, 2011 12:01 AM

The Twelve Cookies of Christmas -- Twelfth Day

I saved the best recipe for last. My Grandma Knox made this cookie every Christmas; for how many decades I do not know, but my mother recalls it from her childhood. It is the cookie of my Christmas past, present and future. I anticipated this cookie before I ever crossed the threshhold of Grandma's home. I relished the treat as I ate it. I look back nostalgically on those many holidays when she served this delight. I've never had anything quite like it. I've never known anyone else, save the women folk of our family, who made it. It's a crunchy cookie (except when it first comes out of the oven), with layers of flavor. The aftertaste is sensational. The cookie has an addictive quality -- just ask my children, who one-by-one fell in love with it, just like me. It is a great cookie to send by mail because it is sturdy and actually improves its flavor over time. It travels well in the car with toddlers. Christian used to munch on a perpetual stash next to his car seat when we made our daily commute to and from the office when we lived in Miami many moons ago. He called them, "Mommy's Special Cookies." Both Christian and Grandma Knox are now gone in flesh, but this cookie brings them instantly near to me. Merry Christmas, lovely readers.

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