Christmas Cottage Kitchen

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at The Spring Cottage! We haven't tackled the tree or lights yet, but the kitchen has been transformed into a baking haven where wooden spoons, jars of flour and sugar, pretty cake tins and cookie cutters both decorate and inspire. For me, home-made treats that comfort and delight are what this time of year is all about. I think sharing what I've baked from recipes collected over the years is such a lovely way to spread love to family and friends while connecting with the traditions of Christmases past. Moreover, in the many chaotic moments this season is destined to throw up, my festive kitchen always feels like the perfect island of calm, ever-ready to yield up another batch of pure, sweet bliss.

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Which sweet treats make it feel like Christmas to you? Now that I've bought these cookie cutters (for $4 at the kitchen store in my Brisbane Holiday Shopping Guide, I need biscuit recipes to try them out on - so please pass on your favourites!