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Making holiday cookies

After your slice and bake chocolate chip and

After your slice and bake chocolate chip and candied orange cookies have cooled, dip a fork in melted chocolate and wave it back and forth over cookies for a decorative effect. (Nov. 16, 2010) Photo Credit: Doug Young

For the secret to producing a jaw-dropping variety of holiday cookies, look away from your oven and focus on your freezer. In the coming days, make some icebox cookie dough. Roll it into logs, wrap and freeze. When you need cookies for an office party, teacher gift, neighborhood cookie swap, or Santa, you'll be prepared.

Defrost your slice and bake cookie dough in
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Defrost your slice and bake cookie dough in the refrigerator overnight before slicing and baking. (Nov. 16, 2010)

Eggnog icebox cookies will keep in an airtight
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Eggnog icebox cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for two to three days. Use a fine strainer to heavily dust the cookies with the spiced sugar before serving. (Nov. 16, 2010)

After your slice and bake chocolate chip and
Photo Credit: Doug Young

After your slice and bake chocolate chip and candied orange cookies have cooled, dip a fork in melted chocolate and wave it back and forth over cookies for a decorative effect. (Nov. 16, 2010)

After the slice and bake anise cookies cool,
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After the slice and bake anise cookies cool, use a small metal spatula to ice each cookie then sprinkle with nonpareils. (Nov. 16, 2010)

Lauren Chattman arranges a variety of holiday cookies
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Lauren Chattman arranges a variety of holiday cookies made with icebox cookie dough in her kitchen in Sag Harbor. (Nov. 16, 2010)

Well wrapped ice box cookie dough will stay
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Well wrapped ice box cookie dough will stay fresh in the freezer for up to two months. (Nov. 16, 2010)

Slice and bake cinnamon-pecan cookies make a great
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Slice and bake cinnamon-pecan cookies make a great gift says Sag Harbor resident Lauren Chattman. (Nov. 16, 2010)

Eggnog icebox cookies are one of the many
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Eggnog icebox cookies are one of the many slice and back recipes from Sag Harbor resident Lauren Chattman. (Nov. 16, 2010)

Chocolate chip and candied orange cookies are one
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Chocolate chip and candied orange cookies are one of the many slice and back recipes from Sag Harbor resident, Lauren Chattman. (Nov. 16, 2010)

Triple ginger snaps are one of the many
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Triple ginger snaps are one of the many slice and back cookie recipes from Sag Harbor resident Lauren Chattman. (Nov. 16, 2010)

Sag Harbor resident Lauren Chattman's recipes for slice
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Sag Harbor resident Lauren Chattman's recipes for slice and bake holiday cookies feature dried cherry and pistachio cookies, hazelnut espresso triangles and apricot-cream cheese spirals. (Nov. 16, 2010)

Slice and bake cinnamon-pecan cookies make a great
Photo Credit: Doug Young

Slice and bake cinnamon-pecan cookies make a great gift says Sag Harbor resident Lauren Chattman. (Nov. 16, 2010)

Anise cookies are one of the many slice
Photo Credit: Doug Young

Anise cookies are one of the many slice and back recipes from Sag Harbor resident, Lauren Chattman. (Nov. 16, 2010)

Lauren Chattman's cookies made with icebox cookie dough
Photo Credit: Doug Young

Lauren Chattman's cookies made with icebox cookie dough produces a variety of tempting results. From lower left, counter clockwise: ginger snaps, cornmeal lemon-sage cookies, apricot swirls, chocolate chip with candied orange, anise sprinkle cookes, hazelnut cookies dipped in chocolate. And in upper left, powdered egg nog cookies. (Nov. 16, 2010)

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