FOOD: White Christmas

Three snowy treats for the holidays.

Pistachio & Dried Cherry Tree Cookies
These shortbreads can be shaped as you prefer, but we love the whimsy of a miniature evergreen tree, dusted with a fresh coating of powdered “snow.” Makes 3 ½ dozen.
-courtesy Cake & Loaf Bakery, Hamilton/
RECIPE: Pistachio & Dried Cherry Tree Cookies

Sugared Cranberries
Sweet and tangy sugared cranberries make a surprising addition to candy bowls, your favourite apple pie recipe, cheesecake or baked brie.
-courtesy Whole Foods Market/
RECIPE: Sugared Cranberries

You can taste the care and quality that goes into the treats from one of our favourite local bakeries, the Danish Pastry House. For the holidays, they've shared this light as air meringue recipe for you to make at home. Adding the chocolate creates a dramatic “night and day” visual ““ turning a simple meringue into an elegant desert centrepiece. Meringues store very well at room temperature in a container and can be prepared a week or two in advance.
Makes 12 to 15 large meringues.
– courtesy Danish Pastry House, Oakville/
RECIPE: Meringues