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Danish Christmas Cookies
Paul Cunningham’s Danish Christmas Cookies Anders Schonnemann

Although chef Paul Cunningham knows his way around a kitchen (check out his epic Danish Christmas Feast for friends), when it comes to baking cookies, he defers to his mother-in-law, Kitty Læby, who’s been making her Christmas cookies for more than 50 years. Her simple but sublime kager—some flavored minimally with butter and sugar, others with spices and nuts—are all about precision.

Use a Kitchen Scale


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Get Uniform Dough with Rolling Pin Bands


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Pipe with a Cookie Press

Control the Heat with a Great Oven


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