"We all sit around the table and work while listening to Christmas music," says the Gossip Girl star, 25. "It's so much fun!" Even if there's a strict no-tasting policy during the annual bake fest. "If everybody got to eat, there would be no cookies!" adds Karen, 65.
Though Szohr admits she's still an amateur baker, she's learning: "I have to carry on this tradition or Christmas wouldn't be the same."
Silver Dollar CookiesMakes 36 cookies
1 cup butter
4 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
½ cup finely ground almonds
Powdered sugar for sprinkling
2. Place dough on a piece of plastic wrap. Roll up into a 10-in. sausage shape and refrigerate until firm, at least one hour.
3. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Remove dough from refrigerator and slice into ¼-in. rounds. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake cookies for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with powdered sugar.