The Secrets of the White House Holiday Cookies

The tasty treats take months to make

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Making all of those tasty Christmas cakes and cookies that are served to White House visitors doesn't happen overnight, of course. But we've just learned how long it actually takes. Roland Mesnier, the famous former White House pastry chef, reveals that he would start making his trademark fruitcake—a half ton of it—in June. And it would never see a freezer; rather, it was kept cool by soaking up his choice of booze. In August, he'd switch to those cookies the 50,000 or so presidential guests feast on annually during two weeks of East Wing parties.

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