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As far as I'm concerned, cookies are a food group, found somewhere in the middle of the pyramid near the ice cream and the fruit. Cookies, as far as I'm concerned, are everyday food—and the people who don't admit that are also the ones calling some cookies 'granola' and other cookies 'muffins.' But within the genus of cookies, there are some very special cookies that sing carols, special cookies that find their homes in ruffly paper cups tucked into shiny tins. The holiday cookies are a special bunch.
Oreos are everyday cookies. They're unique and special, sure, with their creamy fillings and their dark powdery chocolate doughs pressed like extra-large quarters with raised designs that melt under your tongue. But your regular Oreo isn't fit for a cookie exchange or a gifty box. It's lunchbox material year-round.
Hence the holiday special edition, smeared with bright minty filling that's colored all candy-cane appropriate and even sprinkled with crushed candy bits. These cookies are dressed up for snowman-building and are especially delicious dunked in a cup of hot cocoa. Sure, you can buy the kind in the special packing at your local grocery store, but this homemade version will satisfy all your Oreo cravings while allowing you to customize the surface design, piping on a snowflake or ice skate or perhaps even a warning to anyone who might steal them off Santa's cookie tray.
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