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Tuesday, December 7, 2010; 12:23 PM

- CookieZen's Cookies & Corks from Falls Church business partners Leah Kuo and Laura Englander offer sweet and savory cookie pairings with red, white and sparkling wines. Flavors we especially liked: apricot sage, iced lemon, sea salt chocolate oatmeal. 15-piece box, about $8. Available at Whole Foods Market P Street and Calvert Woodley Liquors in the District and online at www.gourmet-food.com.

- What Chocolate Gourmet's Ugly Truffles lack in finesse they compensate for in flavor. Our favorites in a nine-piece sampler box include morning after merlot and gordito picante. $27; order at 312-850-1051 or go to www.chocolategourmet.com.

- Rich, sandy and satisfying, Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies are the best cookies we never baked. They are produced in small batches by sisters Traci Nickson and Christa Hozie in Cayucos, Calif. Flavors include original, cocoa and espresso. $12.95 to $14.95 per dozen. 805-995-2076; www.brownbuttercookies.com.

- Gaskets in the lids of heavy-duty plastic Snapware Cookie Keepers make them truly airtight. Reusable, BPA-free, freezer-safe. The set contains three sizes (6.4 inches, 8.4 inches, 10.4 inches). The lids have slots for easy ribbon tying. $12.99; available at Kmart and Target stores and www.sears.com.


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