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The L.A. Times 2020 Holiday Cookies

We offer a batch of simple but delicious cookies that require the barest of equipment or skill, reflecting the simplicity of passed-down family recipes. In a year mostly devoid of fellowship, these homestyle pleasures hearken back to a time of togetherness with family and the memories of holidays past.

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    The L.A. Times 2020 Holiday Cookies

    The L.A. Times 2020 Holiday Cookies

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    Los Angeles Times - Mei Lin

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