Christmas is not celebrated as much in Japan as in the U.S. Here, it’s more like New Year’s Eve in America – a night to go out and party with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Traditional foods eaten on Christmas in Japan include Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Christmas cake, a sponge cake with strawberries and whipped cream. People are always shocked that we don’t do that in America too…
Anyway, every year that we’ve been in Japan, I’ve made a project of baking lots of Christmas cookies and giving them to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. This year I’ve made several types, including some new ones. Most of these are not yet on this blog, but I’ll link to them so you can see the original recipes. Many of them were changed or adapted, but these were the starting points.
Biscotti (I made a version with candied kumquats and almonds)
Yuzu Black Tea Cookies
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Bars
Roasted Chestnut Cookies
Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
Brownie Roll-Out Cookies
Have a great holiday!