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DOUGH-TOPIA

Halloween flew by in the preoccupied nation’s capital, but not without a little gift from White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses. He has revealed his basic recipe for the butter cookies served at the famous domicile; the cookies made their appearance Thursday, and will have many command moments with and without frosting and/or decorations as the holidays unfold.

And now, the verbatim recipe for “White House Sweet Dough Butter Cookies”:

Ingredients: 1 pound sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 pounds butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 3 eggs, 3 pounds all purpose flour.

Mix the butter and sugar till soft and well beaten. Then add eggs, vanilla, salt and half the flour. Beat on slow speed till mixed, then add the rest of the flour and mix until incorporated.

Push flat onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate overnight. Roll out to one quarter inch thick and cut out cookie shapes with cookie cutter. Bake at 350F for 14 minutes and then allow to cool.

POLL DU JOUR

79 percent of likely U.S. voters say it’s still important to find out exactly what happened in the terrorist attack on Benghazi.

72 percent have been following the news of Benghazi closely.

52 percent believe that the attackers “are unlikely to be caught.”

43 percent think that Benghazi will have a negative impact on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for president, if she runs; 65 percent of Republicans agree.

43 percent overall rate the White House explanation of the Benghazi events as “poor.”

41 percent say that Benghazi will have no effect on Mrs. Clinton’s possible presidential campaign.

37 percent are satisfied with the White House explanation of the Benghazi attack; 58 percent of Democrats agree.

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