Thursday, December 3, 2009

Counting Christmas Cookies

When there are freshly baked cookies (or even 3-day-old ones) on the counter all of my self-control goes out the window. I try, though, to only eat one in each passing. But I pass by them about 34 times a day, so . . . ya. I like cookies a lot. "Cookie" was actually my first word as a child.

Here's a round-up of some of our favorite cookies to make during the holidays. . .

(Gluten-free ones below! I didn't forget about you :))

Gingersnaps (or chewies, depending on how long you bake them -- I like them chewy) are one of my most favorite cookies.

TIP: If you bake them for an extra few minutes until they're really crunchy, you can crush them up and use them in a cheesecake crust in place of graham crackers.

I love White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies. They're soft and chewy and cranberries always remind me of holiday goodies.

My mom used to make Snowflake Cookies for us when I was a kid. I like to make them now because they remind me of her. And of snow -- after growing up with bone-chilling winters and 7' snow drifts I forget what snow is now that I live in California.

If you're still in the mood for pumpkin, try some Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. They're super soft with fluffy cream cheese centers.

Eggnog Snickerdoodles are also a newcomer to my collection. I made these for the first time last year and fell in love.

Look familiar? I love Pepperidge Farm Milan cookies and was delighted when these Milan Cookies were the Daring Baker challenge for July! (A little baking group I belong to.) They're actually pretty easy. I'd even make the filling and eat it right out of the bowl.

I found the recipe for Chocolate Mint Marvels in an airline magazine, of all places. The only thing I could find to write it down on was the barf bag from the plane. (It didn't occur to me until later that I could have taken the magazine with me.)

Anyhow, they're a delicious chocolate cookie topped with a melty Andes mint.

These next three cookies happen to be gluten-free, but you probably wouldn't even notice because they're so good. :)

I discovered these orange-laced Ambrosia Macaroons last Christmas and I'll never look at macaroons the same way again.

My husband and I went on a gluten-free kick this past spring and in order to curb my cookie craving, I searched for a good Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and found these. The texture is almost spot on.

This one is also a newcomer to my file and my blog -- Almond Joy Cookies. These amazing little morsels are flour-free, egg-free, and butter-free. (Not fat-free mind you.)

Happy December!


  1. I just gained 10 pounds reading this.

    Happily, though.

  2. OMG I want to make everything. Now cookies are something I'm happy to bake any time, any day... Those pumpkins whoopie pies, the eggnog snicker doodles, the almond joy cookies... I don't know which I should make first!!

  3. oh oh oh every single year I'm always scouring for new cookie recipes ... and you totally just made my life a little easier by posting all of these!!

    Oh, and I live in western (backwards hickville) Pennsylvania. Its not a "whoopie pie" its a Gob!

  4. Mandie - A Gob?! That's awesome. I've never heard them called that.

  5. haha, I've heard of a whoopie pie before a few months ago when I asked someone what it was, lol.

  6. I love snickerdoodles...and those almond joy ones too...sound amazing! I'd love to make some of these...all of these, but I'm afraid I'd eat them all..all by myself.


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