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Holiday Cookie Extravaganza!

In the U.S. we like them pressed, stuffed or chocolate-chipped. Every country’s got its own take, but it’s easy to find common ground around the most emblematic of holiday treats: the cookie. We’ll hear about the latest trends and oldest traditions in holiday cookie preparation. Kipfel, poppers, meltaways…call in with your favorite recipes!

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