This was just one of the amazing trays of Christmas squares and cookies at our family gatherings this year.

From left to right…. Christmas fruit cake… date squares (a.k.a. matrimonial cake)… coconut with glace fruit and nut cookie (grandpa’s favorite)… Russian tea cakes… Ghirradelli chocolate brownies… shortbread with rhubarb jam centers.

It was tough to know what to eat first! Thanks to my mom and sisters for another great Christmas slaving over the hot stove so the family could eat non-stop for 3 days in a row.  (I just blew in from out-of-town to enjoy their superb menus and recipes!)