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Cookie history: from George Washington's house to US holiday fêtes

Christmas cookies – like these chocolate crinkles – are a holiday tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Source: Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff

Every other year, Carol Ramos goes big for Christmas. This year she decorated her home with nine Christmas trees and held two separate holiday dessert parties – one for family and one for friends. But these parties weren’t cookie swaps. She bakes all the desserts herself.

“This year it was over 50 dozen cookies,” says Ms. Ramos, a finance director from Santa Clara, Calif., via email. She also baked cookies for a benefit for a domestic violence shelter and filled countless goodie bags tied with ribbons as gifts for friends and coworkers. “It’s a way of sharing something I love to do and people seem to appreciate it more than anything else,” she says.

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