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Food is one of the most celebrated parts of the holidays. For your family, perhaps it’s turkey, sausage stuffing, or flaming plum pudding that makes the holiday season so much more special.

Whether the recipes come from your mom’s cookbook or your favourite online resource, nothing beats those delicious aromas wafting through the house and the joy of cooking together—and the knowledge that we’re preserving traditions through special holiday foods.

Sharing food is sharing love, but across Canada and globally, many households won’t be preparing their favourite meals in the months ahead. Some may have the very basics, but we know food is about so much more than subsistence. At least, it should be.

Everyone on our planet deserves to gather, laugh, savour, share, and honour precious traditions. So, this season, why not give a thought to someone on the other side of the world…or just around the corner?

Here are three ideas to share the joy of food this season:
  1. Shop for some festive items to add when you’re donating non-perishable goods. Some ideas are festive crackers, mini sticky toffee puddings, tinned oysters, pie crust mix, and filling.
  2. Honour a friend or loved one through a donation in their name to help a family in an impoverished region of the world celebrate food. The World Vision gift catalogue offers hens and roosters, fruit trees and seeds, and much more.
  3. Drop by the home of a neighbour in need with a batch of home-baked cookies. Bring a thermos of coffee and a couple of mugs, and feel the joy of creating a new tradition. These delicious and festive eggnog snickerdoodles combine holiday cheer with the warm feeling of freshly baked goods.
Spiced Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Prep time: 25 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Makes: 20 cookies

Ingredients:

Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Topping:

  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp PC eggnog spice
  • seasoning blend

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl using an electric hand mixer on medium-high speed until creamy and light in colour, two to three minutes; alternatively, beat in a stand mixer bowl using a paddle attachment. Beat in egg and vanilla, scraping down side of the bowl as needed. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Add to butter mixture; beat on low speed just until combined.
  4. Stir together sugar and eggnog spice in a small bowl. Scoop cookie dough and roll into balls. Roll balls in sugar mixture to coat.

Nutritional information per cookie: calories 100; fat 5 g; sodium 65 mg; carbohydrates 13 g; dietary fibre 0 g; sugars 8 g; protein 1 g.

—NC

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