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Lemon Cookies

The contrast of flavors -- tart, sweet, and buttery -- make lemon cookies a perennial favorite. Lemon cookies work for all occasions too: Try lemon sandwich cookies for a weekend treat, lemon tassies for a dinner party, or sparkly lemon cookies for an extra-festive evening.

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Of all the cookies that grace Christine Albano's table at Christmas, the lemon ring-shaped ones -- ciambelle, in Italian -- are the most popular. Balance is key: Lemon zest is added to the buttery base, and lemon juice enlivens the nonpareil-flecked glaze. "We serve a big pile, and they're gone by the end of the meal."