With cookie swaps and homemade holiday gifts on the brain, all I can think about this week are Christmas cookies. Of course there are the classics, like gingerbread men, linzer cookies, icebox cookies, and sugar cookies. But mostly, when I get geared up for the holidays, I'm reminded of the cookies we made as gifts when I was growing up: jam-filled thumbprints, oatmeal bars, snowy, white Russian tea cakes, and my mother's date balls. What cookies do you crave at this time of year?

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