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My mother usually makes three kinds of Christmas cookies: gingerbread cut-outs, white-velvet cutouts (sugar cookies with cream cheese in the batter), and press cookies. The press cookies are my favorite. We originally had a Mirro cookie press, which functioned like a cross between a coffee press and an icing bag with a tip. Dough was put into a metal tube and pushed out with a plunger through a disk with a shape so the cookie would have a shape without having to be cut out.*

Mirro cookie press. Image from food.com.

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Translated and adapted from “Hilde’s Norwegian Gingerbread Cookies”.

In America, there are two standard ways of making gingerbread cookies. The most common way is with molasses, but there are recipes that substitute pudding mix. You can find molasses in international stores near cities and on the Foreign Buyer’s Club. However, if you can get your hands on some maple syrup, which even the big grocery store by me carries, you can make this recipe. The flavor isn’t quite the same, but it still makes a good cut-out cookie.

As you can see, I realized I needed powdered sugar at 9 pm and couldn't get any, but hey.

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In which our heroine gets a taste of home.

As much as I love using Japanese cookbooks and finding new fusion recipes to make in Japan, sometimes I just want something American. And what could be more American than homemade chocolate-chip cookies?

Just right on the levels of crispy and soft.

I wanted to try something different here, though.

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