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The best Christmas recipes to make for the 2020 holiday season

The Globe's annual holiday baking bonanza starts with five quick and easy recipes for cookies and squares, plus a few dressed-up treats. Part of our 24 Treats of Christmas: https://tgam.ca/24treats

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    Ginger molasses crinkles recipe

    Ginger molasses crinkles recipe

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    This recipe for ginger molasses crinkles makes 24 cookies and can be dressed up with optional orange zest or candied ginger. Level of effort: 🍪

    Jam squares recipe

    Jam squares recipe

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    This recipe for jam squares yields 9 squares. You can use any kind of jam, compote or preserves you have in the pantry. Level of effort: 🍪

    Sugar or linzer cookie recipe

    Sugar or linzer cookie recipe

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    These simple sandwich cookies can be dressed up with chopped chocolate, nuts or dried fruit. The recipe makes about 18 sandwich cookies. Level of effort: 🍪🍪 Level of effort: 🍪🍪

    Marshmallow Kiss Cookie recipe

    Marshmallow Kiss Cookie recipe

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    These marshmallow kiss cookies take a bit of effort – you'll need a candy thermometer and a double boiler – but the final result is a perfect, pink holiday treat. Level of effort: 🍪🍪🍪

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    Recipe  | Chocolate chunk drop cookies

    Recipe | Chocolate chunk drop cookies

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    Cookies made with dough you drop by the spoonful onto a baking sheet are among the simplest to make – chocolate chunk are the most familiar, but you could add just about anything to that soft, buttery brown sugar dough.

    Recipe | Black forest oat cookies

    Recipe | Black forest oat cookies

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    Spelt is often mistaken as gluten-free. It is not, though it has less gluten than modern wheat. The gluten it has is water soluble and much more fragile. Some with gluten sensitivities thus find it easier to digest, but it is not an option for those with intolerance or celiac.

    Recipe | Walnut oatmeal cookies

    Recipe | Walnut oatmeal cookies

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    These crackled, sturdy cookies take well to adaptation. If you keep the general volume of add-ins, feel free to swap and adapt the spices, nuts, dried fruit or chocolate as desired. Coconut or candied ginger are especially good in place of the toffee. For a brown-butter version, brown the butter then cool until firm before blending with sugars and adding 2 tablespoons water.

    Recipe | Chocolate truffles

    Recipe | Chocolate truffles

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    Homemade truffles are superior but the secret is the quality of chocolate. Buy the best you can afford, at least 64-per-cent to 70-per-cent cocoa for dark, and 40-per-cent to 45-per-cent for milk. If you like white chocolate, buy a good-quality bar, preferably European.

    Recipe | Chocolate salami

    Recipe | Chocolate salami

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    You could replace the crushed ladyfingers with the same volume of other fillings such as mini marshmallows, finely chopped candied ginger, dried fruit, or crushed graham crackers or digestive cookies.

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