there were some new recipes featured this year. linzer cookies and pistachio/cherry biscotti from sara, we brought brownies and cappuccino pinwheels, and karen provided the haystacks, pastry bon bons and sugar with green/red m&ms. i'm sure jillian and paula helped too! maybe in the new year i'll make a batch of the traditional spritz, but i'll have to get a cookie press. although the cookies are a highlight to our gathering we also exchanged gifts, hugs, laughs and yummy food. it's always a great time and one of the things i look forward to every year.