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Christmas In July - Best Ever Sugar Cookies

Every Christmas since 1994 I bake cookies with my friend Joan....lots and lots of cookies, probably 100 dozen.  Joan and I scour stores for the perfect holiday plates to try and top each other with kitschy Christmas designs. We started this tradition in my studio apartment (I am still baffled how we did this), advanced to her new condominium kitchen (not much bigger) and, finally, to our suburban homes nearly 25 years later. One night we baked through the night, ready for a morning cookie exchange at her neighbor's house, armed with our festive, homemade cookies. While we fought at 3 am what color the gingerbread man's eyes would be, we got it together, put our holiday best on and proudly...

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