Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflection and looking forward -- and for sharing a meal with family and friends. It is often celebrated with foods rich in symbolism: Apples are dipped in honey to signify the wish for sweetness in the months to come, and pomegranates, with their many seeds, represent a fruitful year.
Just as setting out milk and cookies will appease a jolly elf, these gingerbread critters are sure to tame ornery beasts. Lemony royal icing cloaks the cookies with spider web and bat disguises. Use extra icing to give the bats staring eyes and to make chubby spiders.
Many of the best holiday recipes are family favorites, whose sweet, fresh-baked aromas evoke fond childhood memories. This delicious Cookie of the Week is sure to become an heirloom in your family. A twist on the classic gingerbread, it blends the distinctive flavor of European chocolate with the old-fashioned taste of molasses.