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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

Dr. Vino's Verdict

Just Decant It

Why Decant Wine

Don't you think decanting is beneficial for many wines, young or old? With an older wine, it's a way to separate the wine from any sediment in the bottle, which makes serving much easier. Read more >

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Meanwhile in the Test Kitchen

The Secret to Gluten-Free Cookies

Thomas Keller and Lena Kwak

The inimitable Thomas Keller stopped by F&W HQ today with mentee Lena Kwak, The French Laundry star who created Cup4Cup gluten-free flour. The duo made pizza waffles—no joke, and they were insanely delicious—with the brand's new pancake-and-waffle mix and brought a range of other sweet and savory snacks, including empanadas, brownies (made with a new g-f mix) and pecan sandies, a favorite of chef Keller's mother. He recalled his youthful hijinks related to that cookie: "As children growing up, pecan sandies weren’t really at the top of our list. We wanted Oreos or chocolate chip cookies or Nutter Butters. But the pecan sandies were my mother’s favorite, and she would hide them at the highest part of the cabinet. When we would run out of our favorite cookies, we would tear the kitchen apart searching for the pecan sandies. Because at the end of the day, any cookie will do."

To wit, Keller and Kwak emphasize that the flour can de-gluten any childhood favorite. Cookie Week notwithstanding, our nostalgic obsession this afternoon had to be the better-than-Hostess mini cupcakes, filled with mascarpone frosting and topped with the requisite squiggle. Find that recipe and others on Cup4Cup's website.

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Ultimate Holiday Guide

Christina Tosi's Sparkle Cookies

It's either all the sugar or good grandma genes, but Christina Tosi's infectious enthusiasm for sweets has made her the queen of pastry in New York and beyond. Chandon tapped into the Momofuku Milk Bar empire builder's charm, and shot this adorable video with her demoing Sparkle Cookies, a holiday recipe she created with a splash of the sparkling wine in the icing. She also flavor the sprinkles with the stuff. Watch the clip above and download the recipe here.

Related: Christina Tosi Shares the Story Behind Her Precious Scarves
All Posts for F&W Cookie Week

Cookie Swap

Naturally Ella's Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies

During F&W Cookie Week, some of our favorite digital contributors are sharing their best holiday cookie recipes in a virtual swap. Post your favorite baking experiments on Instagram using #FWCookie. Here, festive slice-and-bakes from Erin Alderson of Naturally Ella.

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Instagram Reveals Cookie Fiends

Instagram Reveals Cookie Fiends

Cookie Week is in full effect at Food & Wine. We've shared our favorite store-bought holiday cookies, revealed six smart baking tips and participated in a virtual cookie swap. You can share your cookie creations with us by tagging pictures and tweets with the hashtag #FWCookie. Here, we take a look at who else is enjoying crispy, chewy cookies. Read more >

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