Connecting with treats: Marking a holiday tradition with cherry bars and peppermint mocha brownies

  • Cherry bars are a longstanding Christmas tradition for JeanMarie Brownson's family. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
  • JeanMarie Brownson adds crushed peppermint candies to her family's favorite brownie recipe to make a holiday treat. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Our family bakes cookies. A lot of cookies. Not so much in number as in variety. Most years we craft more than two dozen varieties. We broke a record in 2018 with 35 different types of cookies on display Christmas morning.