Smart Cookies

Christmas, Holidays, Recipes, Special Occasions
on January 1, 2011
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

We're believers in baking from scratch—especially this time of year. No matter how you slice it, the taste of a store-bought pie, cake or cookie simply cannot compare with a home-baked confection. On the other hand, we know a good shortcut when we see one. And while our baker's pride wouldn't dare let us try to pass off a packaged cookie as a holiday treat, we're not opposed to giving those sweet little nibbles a foot in the door as a time-saving ingredient. Here are three recipes that make quick work of a box of vanilla wafers.