Gift guide: Downtown Cookie Co.

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The tradition of making Christmas cookies—colored sugar, gingerbread men—has given this Jewish girl plenty of reasons to lament her holiday birthright (potatoes!). But for this year’s gift giving, I’ve found a cookie that’s nondenominationally delicious. Downtown Cookie Co., a new business from self-taught baker Dan Guerrera, creates all-American biscuits that come about as close to a platonic ideal as a cookie can. Walnut--chocolate chip specimens are crunchy on the outside and chewy within, with the toasty flavor of caramelized sugar. The raspberry-jam thumbprint is at once hefty with almonds and meringue-fluffy. (Unlike some mail-order foods, the list of ingredients is short, wholesome and preservative-free.) Other varieties—such as salty peanut butter, which in Guerrera’s words has “the consistency of Reese’s filling”—are equally stellar. Delivered in a plain box with just the Downtown Cookie Co. logo and a ribbon, even the packaging is holiday neutral. If only the same could be said for gingerbread men. A dozen for $24, plus shipping (646-486-3585,

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