Holiday Cookies to Share with Family and Friends

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Christmas, Holidays, Recipes | December 14, 2009 | By

This time of year, baking cookies is a tradition appreciated by so many moms, and sharing with loved ones makes the experience that much sweeter.

Whether you enjoy serving Christmas cookies to your family, like surprising friends with a plateful delivered to their door, participate in an annual exchange with other moms, or are a hostess with a passion for entertaining, these sugary treats bring a smile to everyone’s face. What a delicious way to express your love and care for others!

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Entertaining? This Holiday Rice recipe feeds a crowd!

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Holiday Rice Salad
Serves 25
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups wild rice
  2. 6 cups brown rice
  3. 4 large Braeburn Apples cut in 1 inch chunks
  4. 2 large red bell peppers
  5. 2 cups dried cranberries
  6. 2 cups pecan pieces
  7. 1 cup chopped red onion
  8. ¾ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  9. 1 cup olive oil
  10. 5 tsp Kosher Salt
  11. 3 tsp black pepper
  12. 2 Tbl lemon zest
  13. 3 Tbl lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Bring wild rice to boil with 3 cups water, cover and simmer 45 min.
  2. Bring brown rice and 12 cups water to boil, cover and simmer 30 min.
  3. Chill uncovered in refrigerator 1 hour.
  4. While rice is cooking and chilling, chop apples and vegetables.
  5. Whisk last 6 ingredients, set a side.
  6. Toss rice with fruit, vegetables and pecans.
  7. Toss with 1/2 of the whisked dressing.
  8. Just before serving drizzle with remaining dressing.
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