(Family Features) Oven-fresh cookies - the very image evokes memories of childhood and favorite holiday traditions. Sugar, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, shortbread...the delicious spectrum seems endless.
With that familiar holiday spirit in the air, expand your baking expertise to include some new classics with Almond Board of California's new "Twelve Days of Cookies" Holiday Guide, a free downloadable guide packed with fresh almond recipes and tips that put a new spin on traditional favorites that will leave family and friends amazed.
"Every year, I give my family and friends little boxes of holiday treats I bake from scratch. And each year, I include a different cookie made from almonds," says pastry chef Jenny McCoy of Craft in New York City. "They are the perfect ingredient to use because of their versatility - in all their forms, almonds give my recipes a distinctly rich, nutty flavor and classic crunch that always pleases a crowd."
Created for seasoned foodies and first-time holiday bakers alike, the "Twelve Days of Cookies" Holiday Guide is the go-to source for cookie enthusiasts to add a little snap and crunch to their home-baking endeavors. The guide features brilliant color photos that depict each of the generous baker's dozen (14) cookie recipes, exploring a full gamut that ranges from the classic cookies we've come to know through years of tradition all the way to modern, gluten-free treats.
In addition to the flavorful recipes, the "Twelve Days of Cookies" Holiday Guide offers tips and tricks for successfully planning and executing a holiday cookie exchange party. Holiday bakers will learn how to plan their time, manage a menu of items to be brought by guests, and channel the perfect party atmosphere with creativity and style.
To check out the "Twelve Days of Cookies" Holiday Guide from Almond Board of California, please visit (www.AlmondBoard.com/holidaybaking) and prepare to be inspired. For more almond recipes, nutrition tips and the latest almond research visit www.AlmondBoard.com.