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Linzer Torte: With a crisscross top, these come out looking rustic and homemade. Click here for the recipe. Photo: Craig Lee, Special To The Chronicle / SF

Linzer Torte: With a crisscross top, these come out looking rustic and homemade. Click here for the recipe. Photo: Craig Lee, Special To The Chronicle / SF

These incredible chewy chocolate chip cookies are topped with a homemade salted caramel sauce (don't be scared...it's easy!), which combine for the perfect sweet and salty bite. #BiteMeMore #cookies

These incredible chewy chocolate chip cookies are topped with a homemade salted caramel sauce (don't be scared...it's easy!), which combine for the perfect sweet and salty bite. #BiteMeMore #cookies

Gilbert can make them already but still wanted to pin it!! Fresh, Homemade Flour Tortillas in No Time Flat

Gilbert can make them already but still wanted to pin it!! Fresh, Homemade Flour Tortillas in No Time Flat

texas expat: Homemade Soft Pretzels

texas expat: Homemade Soft Pretzels

Brown Butter Lemon Square: Richer than traditional lemon squares, these get added flavor from a brown butter shortbread crust. Click here for the recipe. Photo: Thor Swift, SFC / SF

Brown Butter Lemon Square: Richer than traditional lemon squares, these get added flavor from a brown butter shortbread crust. Click here for the recipe. Photo: Thor Swift, SFC / SF

Chewy Citrus Sugar Cookies: These incorporate seasonal citrus fruit to brighten the basic sugar cookie dough. Click here for the recipe. Photo: Craig Lee, Special To The Chronicle / SF

Chewy Citrus Sugar Cookies: These incorporate seasonal citrus fruit to brighten the basic sugar cookie dough. Click here for the recipe. Photo: Craig Lee, Special To The Chronicle / SF

Triple chocolate espresso cookies as seen in San Francisco, Calif., on November 23, 2010.

5 holiday cookies, sans glitter, that feed a crowd

Triple chocolate espresso cookies as seen in San Francisco, Calif., on November 23, 2010.

Molasses-Black Pepper Cookies: Molasses cookies are a holiday staple, but these are given a fun twist with the addition of fresh black pepper. Click here for the recipe. Photo: Craig Lee, Special To The Chronicle / SF

Molasses-Black Pepper Cookies: Molasses cookies are a holiday staple, but these are given a fun twist with the addition of fresh black pepper. Click here for the recipe. Photo: Craig Lee, Special To The Chronicle / SF

Maple-Pecan Medjool Date Rugalach: These rugalach are filled with rich, moist Medjool dates.  Click here for the recipe. Photo: Chris Hardy, SFC / SF

Maple-Pecan Medjool Date Rugalach: These rugalach are filled with rich, moist Medjool dates. Click here for the recipe. Photo: Chris Hardy, SFC / SF

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Kourabiedes ! crescent cookies…. so light, so Greek….

Peppermint Meringues: These festive meringues can baked in advance, frozen and either served frozen for a crisp texture or thawed for a chewier bite. Click here for the recipe. Photo: Craig Lee, Special To The Chronicle / SF

Peppermint Meringues: These festive meringues can baked in advance, frozen and either served frozen for a crisp texture or thawed for a chewier bite. Click here for the recipe. Photo: Craig Lee, Special To The Chronicle / SF

Chocolate Almond Raspberry Thumbprints Recipe (SFGate)

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