Bake Someone Happy with Cookies

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Bake someone happy with one (or more) of these fantastic cookie recipes.

Bake Someone Happy with Cookies | Great Cookie Recipes |

December is cookie time! I think I could bake a different kind of cookie for the entire month and still not run out of great ones to bake. I can’t wait to spend an afternoon or evening baking up cookies with my kids this month; it is one of our favorite holiday traditions. Some years we’ve even baked up 12 different kinds of Christmas cookies. We fill the freezer with cookie dough, cookie balls, and baked cookies.

Whether you make one batch or ten, you can enjoy great baked goods for less money and with better quality ingredients than what you might find at the store. Check out these tips for better cookie baking.

The kids love our Jesus Cookies, traditional nativity cut-outs at the holidays, but I know that they are fine with cookies, cookies, cookies. Who isn’t?

Here are some of our favorites:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jessika’s Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies

My friend Jessika is amazing. And just like her, her Chocolate Chip Cookies are, too. They’re a crunchy yet chewy decadence. Be sure to measure the flour properly. There is less butter and egg in this recipe than in others, so don’t use too much flour and you will have the BEST cookies in the whole wide world.

Orange-Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Orange-Chocolate Chip Cookies are favorites at our house. They are full of flavor thanks to the chocolate, cinnamon, and orange zest. The oat and whole wheat flours add some whole grain goodness.

carafe and glasses of milk next to platter of crispy chocolate chip cookies

Gramma John’s Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can’t go wrong with Gramma John’s original Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are the perfect combination of textures. Tender inside, but crispy and crunchy on the outside.

White Chocolate-Walnut Cookies

If you like white chocolate, you’ll want to try this recipe White Chocolate-Walnut Cookies. They are just like those big cookies we used to buy in the mall when we were teenagers. They make for a fabulous afternoon pick-me-up.

Holiday Favorites

Gingerbread Crinkles

Gingerbread dough finds a tasty form in these Gingerbread Crinkles, rolled in coarse sugar prior to baking. They are simpler to make than traditional gingersnap cookies, but they have the same rich flavor.

Snowball Cookies

You’ve had these traditional holiday cookies before, I’m sure. Sometimes they’re known by other names: Mexican Wedding Cakes, Swedish Teacakes, Russian Teacakes. We call them Snowballs. And they are soooooo good. No one can eat just one.

Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies

If you like chocolate and toffee, you can’t go wrong with these Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies. Featuring my best friends, Heath Toffee Bits, these cookies are out of this world good.

Pepita Bars

These Pepita Bars are a nut-free variation of my great-grandmother’s recipe for Walnut Bars. We use pepitas because of nut allergies, but you could try substituting your favorite nut or seed or go with the original walnuts.

Chocolate Chip Biscotti

These chocolate biscotti cookies are crispy, crunchy, with just the right amount of chocolate nuggets to bite into. They’re perfect with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. They make great gifts too!

What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Stephanie M. says

    Like you, Jessica, I bake about 12 different kinds of cookies and then freeze them between sheets of waxed paper inside Tupperware boxes. Then, everywhere I go, I bring some with me. The neighbors, our friends and relatives all get some. My favorite ones are called Venetians. They are the red, green, and yellow layered cookies with apricot filling between each layer and topped with a thin chocolate glaze. I have loved them all my life. Unfortunately, though, several years ago, I tried mixing them with my hands because the almond paste doesn’t mix up to a creamy consistency with the electric mixer. I found out that hands don’t make a difference. As it turned out, I had an allergic reaction to the almond paste. It got into my blood stream through my skin and caused head to toe itching like I’ve never felt before. After a hospital visit and several visits to an allergist, and literally six weeks of itching, it was determined that I can’t come into physical contact with almond paste BUT the good news is that after it’s baked into the cookie, it loses it strength and I can still eat it with no problems. Since then, my husband bakes them for me – God Bless his sole. I sit at one end of the kitchen and read him the directions and he makes them. What a good guy!

  2. Kirstin says

    I always make candy cane shortbread cookies from a recipe that was in Sunset magazine a long time ago. I love Paula Deen’s ginger cookie recipe, too.

  3. Sally says

    My favorite is a sour cream sugar cookie. I’ve made them for over 40 years. If I don’t make any other cookies, these must appear.. it wouldn’t seem like Christmas without them. The great thing about the recipe is that it can be made as a dropped cookie or a rolled cookie. I usually make the dropped cookies.

    I also make butter cookies, pignoli, biscotti, peanut blossoms and monster cookies. I love cookies!

  4. Melanie A. says

    This post could not have come at a more perfect time! We are just starting to think about making cookies as Christmas gifts for the neighbors this year, and I wanted some new recipes to try. Now if I can just convince my husband that there are cookies out there to be made besides good old chocolate chip! I am especially looking forward to the snowball cookies. I pinned several of these for later, thanks!

    • Well, there are so many different chocolate chip cookies! You could make a dozen all different. 🙂

  5. Heidi says

    I need an easy, simple recipe, quick! Better Homes Cookbook? No, it has too many recipes with shortening. Hmm… quick Swagbuck search for Good Cheap Eats, search for cookies, and Bingo! Snowballs it is! Thank you for having this resource at the ready. I’ll have to come back later for the chocolate chip biscotti recipe.

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