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Christmas Cookies from Baking's Biggest Talents

Inventing a truly great cookie requires a kind of genius. The men and women on below all have that mega-talent, and each has a terrific new cookbook as well. They share some of their best Christmas cookies with Food & Wine.
Holiday Cookies by Cindy Mushet
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Holiday Cookies by Cindy Mushet

Inventing a truly great cookie requires a kind of genius. Baking talent Cindy Mushet shares some of her best Christmas cookies with Food & Wine.

Holiday Cookies by Jacques Torres
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Holiday Cookies by Jacques Torres

When Jacques Torres opened his eponymous Brooklyn, NY, chocolate factory and store in 2000, he made it his mission to perfect the cookie, using top-quality ingredients and toying with size, baking time and texture.

Holiday Cookies by Nick Malgieri
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Holiday Cookies by Nick Malgieri

Nick Malgieri, director of baking at New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education and author of nine cookbooks, is no-nonsense about cooking technique: “I like to eliminate the unnecessary. There’s just so much overcomplicating—it really doesn’t have to be that way.”

Holiday Cookies by Flo Braker
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Holiday Cookies by Flo Braker

A master of classic American desserts, Flo Braker is an innovator who glazes flaky espresso shortbread bars with sticky butterscotch and rethinks holiday flavors (cinnamon, allspice, clove, hazelnut, chocolate) to create a stellar sandwich cookie.

Holiday Cookies by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
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Holiday Cookies by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

When Baked opened in 2005, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito made Brooklyn’s edgy Red Hook a destination for homey but modern desserts, like a chocolate cake flavored with malt from a local brewer.

Published December 2008
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