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There goes the cliche – can you believe it’s the end of the year already. Once it hits December, Merry Christmas greetings are entirely acceptable. Really, it would be rude not to. Franklin this year, albeit some grinch houses, was great. There were snow machines, diving penguins, cute snowmen with earmuffs, naughty Santas, and a giant snowman snowing inside his belly – snowception.

Franklin Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChristmas Day is best for enjoying some quality time with family and friends. As all the restaurants and shops are closed, the day often involves cooking and baking at home. When the kitchen is suddenly getting so very hectic, you’re running back and forth trying to glaze the ham every few minutes, and people are starting to get hungry these cookies will help save the day. They’re soft and chewy and super easy to make, baking in just 11 minutes. You can even make the dough today (Christmas Eve), freeze it and bake tomorrow so they’re fresh out of the oven.

Click here for the recipe.

Tips:

  • Be sure to chill the dough before baking especially because it’s so hot in summer.
  • Double or even triple the recipe – everyone wants cookies.
  • Reduce the sugar to just 1/2 C and add roughly chopped chocolate bits.

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