Jack o’ Lantern Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are not just for Christmas, although this dough is my go-to during the ho-ho-holidays. Let’s let pumpkins steal a little sparkle from the yuletide for a change, shall we? Halloween deserves its own day. Yet, just getting to Halloween items in stores requires wading through acres of fake pine swags and elf statuary…

Shortbread Linzer Cookies and Stars

Gather ye butter, sugar, and flour. I’m making Christmas cookies today. The base of this recipe can morph into lots of different treats. It is the Transformer of baked goods. I first made it as shortbread hearts  for Valentine’s Day from a recipe in  The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, by Ina Garten. In the recipe headnotes,…