Creating special cookies and candy at Christmastime is a treasured custom for many of us. We delight in handing down time-honored traditions or creating new ones through our once-a-year baking and cooking rituals.
At this time of year we realize that something as simple as a cookie or piece of homemade candy plays an important part in passing on our heritage or defining our culture. The recipes each of us looks forward to preparing at this special time of year are something we value — they are part of who we are.
I want to thank the 12 wonderful women who have shared a recipe for this holiday baking collection as well as Sharyn Resvick for the pictures she took at the Star Tribune’s 2009 cookie contest, the communications staffs for the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph — and Nikki Rajala, my fellow copy editor at The Visitor, who is supportive of FFF in countless ways! CJK