8 Great Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Tray

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Make some cookies! Try one of these 8 great cookie recipes that your family will love to see on your holiday tray this year.

stack of chocolate chunk cookies and cups of milk on red tray

Pictured: Baby Cakes

Cookies have been on my mind lately. Have you ever seen the movie Stranger than Fiction? 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. What she writes in her book, he has to do.

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 it’s been free on Prime over the last few months. But first…

Try one (or more!) of these great cookie recipes!

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 so that you can enjoy them whenever you like!

hand reading for chocolate cookie off tray

8 Great Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Tray

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  1. Stephanie M. says

    Hi Jessica:

    Could not sleep last night so I got on the computer and checked out a few things, one of them this site. After baking so many cookies at Christmas time, it’s been a while since I baked more of them. But seeing the video has prompted me into wanting to bake more right after Easter. Thank you for posting some clips of Stranger than Fiction. I watched it and it seems so sad; I’m not sure I would like to watch this movie because I don’t like tear jerkers. But in the scene where she’s trying to get him to eat cookies, that’s where I was enticed to bake some. On another note, I wanted to let you know that I finally emptied out all of the contents of our freezer; we have finally finished everything and this week, I actually had to buy some meat. Your January pantry challenge really got me motivated and I’m looking forward to the one in July. I started living out of the freezer in October and it’s taken me till April to finally empty it! Can you imagine? Six months worth of food in a freezer where the owner only lives five minutes from two grocery stores!! NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and I hope everything is well with your family. Have a great day!

    • Congratulations, Stephanie! It’s so wonderful what progress you’ve made. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. It really is amazing.

      Also, the movie is sad but funny and bittersweet, and it does end up all right in a surprising way. You might like it.

    • Sandi says

      Congrats on finally getting it emptied! That was an enormous undertaking for you. I’m sure you have a great feeling of accomplishment.

      I love Emma Thompson, so I saw that movies ages ago. My tween at the time loved it, and we’ve seen it several times since (either from library or playing on TV) and he still finds it enjoyable. It definitely falls in the “quirky” category.

      • Stephanie M. says

        Hi Sandy; thanks for the reply. It certainly was an “undertaking”; one that I will never return to. I learned some great lessons throughout like not to fill the freezer with anything and everything I can just because things are on sale. Those items will always be on sale again and it’s better to just eat what we have rather than to keep on adding to the supply. And you have no idea how good it feels to be done with all of this.:) See you at the July challenge.

      • Have you seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? (the new one) We really liked that. Kinda falls in the same category.

  2. Harriet says

    I have been without a stand mixer for a few years now. Someone I work with received a Kitchen Aid for Christmas, so she brought me her old one that is in perfect condition 🙂 I plan to use it to once again make homemade goodies. (Another lady brought me her bread machine. She said that she had moved twice and it had not been used at either house!) I am a blessed woman.
    With all the attention being given to added preservatives and such, I rarely buy pre-packaged baked goods anymore. It is too easy to make our own and it is much healthier.


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