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12 Days of NewsHour: NewsHour staff share their favorite cookie recipes

12DaysBanner_FinalHappy Friday! Not only have you made it to the end of another work week, you’ve arrived at Day 5 of our 12 Days of NewsHour. We hope today’s gift will keep you busy in the kitchen all weekend and satisfy your sweet tooth all week long.

You may recall last year’s PBS NewsHour staff-wide cookie contest. Ten brave employees offered up treasured family recipes to be judged by a jury of their peers. The real winner, of course, was you — our online audience. We shared the recipes for the winning cookies last year, and we’re resurfacing them here, so you and your taste buds can take a walk down memory lane.

Speaking of memories, don’t forget to take advantage of the other gifts we’ve released so far. The 4k fireplace video we released on Day 1 is still crackling away on YouTube. The cross-stitch pattern from Day 2 is just the thing to keep you occupied during your well-deserved holiday vacation. Judy’s Georgia Cheese Biscuits, released on Day 3, are the perfect winter side dish (if you haven’t filled up on cookies). And Gwen and Judy’s voicemail message from Day 4 will delight all who call to wish you a happy holiday season.

While you are waiting for the sixth gift to be released on Saturday, please hop online to share photos of you and your loved ones enjoying the first five gifts on social media using #12DaysofNewsHour.

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