'Tis the season for sugar rushes. Don't know your Silpat from your silicone spatula? Aiming to flex your piping bag muscles? These three recipes – easy, medium and challenging – have got you covered for your next holiday party, cookie exchange or plate of treats for the big guy in red.
For novices: Cinnamon shortbread with eggnog glaze
For connoisseurs: Chocolate peppermint patties
For Martha Stewart types: Painted sugar cookies
Stephanie Eddy, who writes about her baking exploits at clockworklemon.com, lives in Calgary.