I'm always looking for the perfect Minnesota gifts to send my family for Christmas, and this is one that's too delicious to pass up.
The Great Minnesota Cookie Book by Lee Svitak Dean and Rick Nelson features 80 Taste recipes from the Star Tribune's annual Holiday Cookie Contest. Winning recipes range from far past to as recent as 2017, including Taffy Treats (the 2003 winner) and Cranberry Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies (2017).
Published by University of Minnesota Press, book is available just about anywhere online, including Target, Walmart, and Barnes & Noble. There are also book signings coming up at the Twin Cities Book Festival at the State Fairgrounds on Saturday, and at the Plymouth Library on October 18. Get more information about those events (and the book) here.
Online prices vary, but the book is retailed at $24.95.
Another perfect Christmas gift: Our Sampler vol. 30, which benefits your friends and neighbors through Minnesota charities. Pre-order as many copies as you want here.
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