No matter what your religion (even if that is no religion at all), 'tis the season to crank up the oven (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and bake! I am generally too busy in December to do much baking myself, but we got our first snow today and I have a rare Saturday with nothing to do, so I decided to try out a new cookie recipe. This recipe for St. Nicholas Letters in Food and Wine caught my eye - I’ve never seen anything quite like it. http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/st-nicholas-day-letters
I made my own almond paste and put these together earlier in the day - both the dough and filling (and the almond paste, if you’re making your own) are quick and easy to do in the food processor. Filling and shaping is a bit futzy but hopefully worth it! They’re in the freezer now, firming up before baking. I’ll report back when they’re done.
In the meantime, I look forward to seeing your winter baking projects. Happy holidays!