Make some cookies! Try one of these 8 great recipes that your family will love.
Cookies have been on my mind lately. Have you ever seen the movie Stranger than Fiction? (That’s an affiliate link*, by the way.) It’s one of those movies that proves to you Will Ferrell isn’t the huge cad he appears to be in the 99.5% of the movies he makes. We watched it as a family and were really taken with the beauty and mystery of the story.
Basically, he’s an IRS agent who lives a pretty boring life. He doesn’t know it, but his life is being narrated — and therefore directed by the lovely Emma Thompson. He falls in love with a baker while auditing her. She offers him a cookie.
He doesn’t like cookies.
She’s appalled. He’s clearly never had one of her cookies. And they’re really good cookies.
You can go watch the clip here. Then go watch the movie — we borrowed it from the library.
But, first bake some cookies!
Cookies don’t have to be a complicated affair. My guess is that you can mix up a batch of dough in about ten minutes. Take another twenty to bake. Then enjoy a glass of milk, like Harold Crick, with a still-warm-from-the-oven cookie.
If you’re really on the ball, take a few simple steps to make cookies a little more convenient.
For Chocolate Lovers:
These are one of my favorites in the world. They have the rich chewiness of brownies in cookie form. Use chocolate chips if you can’t find toffee or if, like us, you need to go nut-free. (A lot of toffee bits have nuts in them.)
This is my family’s very favorite cookie that we make in abundance at Christmas time. If I want to send my children and husband over the moon with glee, I just need to make these cookies.
My Gramma John won blue ribbons at the county fair every year with this cookie recipe. It’s a family heirloom. Someday I’ll take some better pictures. Cough. Cough.
For Fruit, Oatmeal, or Ginger Lovers:
I love the traditional thumbprint cookies with nuts in the dough, but since my girl can’t have nuts, I developed this recipe that features oats. They add a little extra texture and a slight nuttiness that helps replace the nuts. You can fill them with your favorite jam, but I love cassis.
My mom has a favorite gingerbread recipe. It has never ever worked for me as cut-outs, so I finally gave up. Now, I take the same dough and make crinkles. These are delicious and old fashioned and simple.
For a time, my girl was deemed allergic to eggs. I was thrilled to find a vintage recipe for oatmeal cookies that was egg-free. This is one of my adaptations of that simple egg-free recipe.
Fun for Kids:
A few years ago I wanted a simple and sweet sugar cut-out. This cinnamon flavored version was what I landed on. We make Easter-themed cut-outs each Spring.
My mom grew up making Walnut Bars. Since I can’t make those, I subbed in pepitas (pumpkin seeds) to great success. These cookies are addicting. So, so yummy.
What’s YOUR favorite cookie?