My Photo

Become a Fan

« 2nd Day of Sock Yarn | Main | 4th Day of Sock Yarn »

December 06, 2017


Rickye Heffner

I like these rich sesame cookies that are not too sweet.
1 1/3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup lightly toasted sesame seeds
1/3 cup almond flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cold water
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, sesame seeds, almond flour, and salt. Work the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is in small chunks.
2. With your fingertips, lightly toss and rub the mixture together until it resembles coarse meal.
3. Combine the vanilla and water in a small cup. Drizzle the flour mixture with the water and vanilla, tossing it with a fork as you go. The dough should be evenly damp, but remain crumbly and stick together only when pinched.
4. Line a 9" x 5" loaf pan with plastic wrap, and pour the mixture into it. Cover with plastic wrap, and press it down very firmly to an even, compact layer about 1/2" thick. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
5. To bake: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
6. Unwrap the dough and place it on a cutting board. Using a long, sharp knife, cut the dough crosswise into 1/4" (or thinner, if possible) slices. Use the knife to transfer each slice to the prepared baking sheets, laying them flat and placing them 1" apart.
7. Bake the sticks for 12 to 18 minutes, until they're golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on the pan before transferring to an airtight container once completely cooled.


I love these easy to make but delicious thumbprint cookies

Amy C

Christmas is the best cookie time of the year! The ones we have only in this season are Russian Teacakes, little powdered balls of tender nutty deliciousness. Don’t breathe in (or out) when taking a bite.
1/2 lb butter creamed well with 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Add 1t. vanilla and mix. Then mix in 2 1/4 c. flour, 1/4 t salt and 3/4 c finely chopped pecans. Use hands to make sure it’s well combined. No need to chill. Shape into 1” balls and set on an ungreased cookie sheet. They don’t spread so they can sit close to each other. Bake 10-12 min in a 400 degree oven until set but not browned. Roll in powdered sugar while warm. Let cool. Roll again.

Beverly Anderson

I think this is the one we used to use (back when the kids were younger and we had more time!) We added butterscotch chips, too!

I remember it was so hard to "cream" the butter and sugars together! We broke an old spoon once trying, and my husband and I lamented the loss of our spouse's beloved childhood cookie spoon until we realized neither one of us recognized the spoon. We each thought it belonged to each other! It was hilarious. :)

Donna Celeste

This is a hybrid cookie/ candy. You make a chocolate chip cookie dough using pasteurized eggs and mini chips, because it is not baked. Place in fridge until firm then roll into balls and freeze. Next melt chocolate of your choice and dip frozen balls into it and freeze again. I usually package like a candy if they last that long! Once they are frozen you can keep in freezer until you are ready to give or eat. I eat them frozen or thawed. If you like cc cookie dough you will love these because of pasteurized eggs no worries of salmonella. D

Karen Compton

Our favorite Christmas cookie recipe are press butter cookies with Christmas sprinkles and icing! My kids always have had them since they were little and love them! They love all the different shapes from wreaths to Christmas trees😄

Lisa Smith

I really do like all the cookies but my most favorite Christmas cookie has to be the Peanut Butter Blossom cookies. My grandmother made them, then my mom and now my sister and I do.


A gingersnap recipe given to me by a dear friend! They are perfectly spicy, buttery, and delicious. This KAF recipe is very close, but I use butter instead of shortening, and roll them in plain granulated sugar:


Since I have gone G/F, I can't enjoy my favorite Christmas cookies which are Snickerdoodles. But, I can indulge my love of chocolate with these flour less brownies. (I may or may not have already baked a batch of these today!)

Penny Mosher

I'm at work and no access to my recipes. The Toll House chocolate chip from the recipe on the bag is one of my favorites.

I also love Rice Krispy treats. Again, I follow the recipe on the box. I was gifted some Krispy treats with melted white chocolate and peppermint pieces on top and they are quite tasty.


I love the standard cut out sugar cookies. They are so much fun to decorate!

Kathie Frazier

Peanut Butter Cookies are my favorite

Colleen Clarke

Chewy Ginger Cookies! Mmmmmmm


My favorite is one I remembber my grandma making every year; snowballs.

They melt in your mouth and are sooo good.


Gingerbread cookies!!

Neecy Rohrs

My Ex-Mother-In-Laws cut out sugar cookies. The recip has been handed down through three generations. It uses two pounds of butter and a whole bag of confectioners sugar!!!


Helga's German Christmas Cookie, named after a German immigrant neighbor of my mom's best fried. It's a cross between a shortbread and a sugar cookie with an egg wash and 1/2 of a candy cherry on top. Only made at Christmas to preserve the tradition!

Patti Stanczyc

In my house, my Hungarian mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother always made a cookie called spitzbaum. I have the recipe, but it is never quite the same. It is a very buttery dough, with a damson plum jam spread over the top and then more buttery dough latticed over the top of that, and when cooled, dusted with powder sugar. This is my second year without my mom and many years since my great-grandma, and my grandma have passed, and their cookie still haunts my tastebuds.


Any cookie is a good cookie. When my Mom decided she was done baking she gave me her cookie press. I follow the recipe for the spritz cookie to make camels, trees and wreaths. They have been a family hit for years.

Barbara Rude

My husband is Norwegian so at Christmas I make Krumkake which is like a rosette but rolled and filled with cream. The other Christmas staple is lefse, with butter and sugar.


My favorite are Swedish Drommar that my grandmother and greatgrandmother made. However I don't hae a handy source for baker’s ammonium so I just order the cookies from The Swedish Bakery on Clark Street in Chicago! For the adventurous:


I keep it simple during the holidays and generally don’t make cookies myself. But I always love the peanut butter thumbprints with the chocolate kisses. Red and green sprinkles make them Christmas-y!!

Anissa Miller

Oh how to pick just one? I'd probably have to say the special once-a-year Norwegian cookies we make at only Christmas. They are special because the recipe has been handed down from generation to generation.


My family’s favorite is the peanut butter kiss cookies. I end up making double batches multiple times over the holidays! My recipe is from my MIL's neighbor and I have been making these for about 25 years.

1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 and 3/4 cup flour
Chocolate kisses

Cream first 4 ingredients. Add egg and vanilla. Mix together flour, baking soda and salt and add to sugar mixture. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in white sugar. I bake on parchment paper. Bake for 8 minutes in a 350 oven, remove, press in kisses, continue baking for additional 2-3 minutes.

Melodie Thomas

My favorite Christmas cookie is any kind of molasses ginger cookie. I make ones called Ginger crinkles.

Judi Kennedy

My favorite is Cinnamon Oatmeal cookies. I found the recipe on the back of the cinnamon chip package and absolutely love them, especially at Christmas.

Venice Smith

Of all the different cookies I've baked, it seems I always get back to an all time favorite, Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin cookies, link Quaker_Vanishing_Oatmeal_Raisin_Cookies41301.shtml

They're not fancy, but they are delicious.


Apricot Rugelach from the Food Network. So good.

Julie Vance

The best holiday cookie - those Hershey kiss sugar cookies. I only have them at Christmas and they are the best.


My fave is Mrs. Buerschaper's Molasses Crinkles from Molly Katzen's Still Life With Menu Cookbook. Chewy with a sprinkling of sugar, sturdy enough to hold up to dunking, and totally yummy! And I would DEFINITELY send the gift certificate to my sister, since it would come back to me as beautiful knit socks! And once you've had the pleasure of wearing woolly oh-so-warm and comfy hand-knit socks, there's no going back :)

Sue Knowlton

When I was a kid my mom bought a magazine loaded with Christmas Cookie recipes. Our all time favorite was Jan Hagel Cookies! I still make them every year for my grandchildren. My husband of course loves any kind of chocolate chip cookies especially Toll House.
Here is the link to Jan Hagel Cookies


My favorite cookie is Snickerdoodles! They're delightful, though I wish the recipe I have made a larger batch (even doubling it never seems to be enough!).
I was reminded the other day, however, of the sugar cookies one of my Great Grandmas used to make, and how I wished I had the recipe. I have no idea about it, other than they were always cut into Christmas shapes, very thin cookies, with sprinkles on top. Every Christmas, she would give me a tin of them, and they were amazing - and I was too young, sadly, to have the forethought to ask for the recipe.


Our favorite is butter cookies. I've collected lots of different cookie cutter shapes to use and make colorful icing. I'll be making these Christmas weekend this year. Yum.

Susie Kline

Chocolate crinkles! I wish I had the exact recipe my gramma used.

Debbie Held

For anyone else with extreme dietary issues (I avoid gluten, dairy and soy), you're welcome. Also, these are ridiculously simple to make:

Mary A

Just found Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle this year. It’s wonderful! Go to cookies and cups for the version I made.
Just as knitting is better with great yarn, and I just bought Hedgehog recently and am waiting for next week’s restock, baking needs best ingredients too. King Arthurf flour makes a huge difference.

Susan Miller

I love cookies that have lots of stuff in them. Magic Cookies....marshmellows, chocolate, nuts, coconut, dried fruit. Yummy!

Anna Marie C

Toll house cookies are the favorite in our house, except a few years ago they started coming out flat. This past year I found that if you keep the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour before baking them they don't get flat and are very good.


Not too long after getting married, my mother-in-law shared a recipe for Pecan Tassies that her daughter had clipped out of a magazine for her. I've become known for those cookies among our circle of friends, not just at Christmas time, but throughout the year.

Sandy McCause

Many years ago I tried Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis’s Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookie. Best ever

Kathy Bickham

Easy answer. Butter cookies, which are an old family recipe. They are basically shortbread cutout cookies, which we frost with icing using the Wilton Buttercream Recipe, with at least half of the shortening replaced with butter (it used to call for that). The recipe isn’t online, and I won’t share it here, because I would prefer my sister to be still speaking to me for Christmas.

Joyce Correia

It's gingersnaps for us. I can't make them fast enough for our house, church desserts, and family gatherings. Got the recipe from an old Mary Mead column out of the Chicago Tribune.


My favorite would have to be gingerbread cookies. I love the smell of the dough and the baking. I always make gingerbread men to hang on my tree and even enjoy eating them after the holidays....right from the tree.

Rhonda Atkinson

My boyfriend loves the gingerbread men cookies I make. Starts from a spice cake mix. They are very tasty and easy to make.

Gingerbread Cookies

1 spice cake mix
1/2 c all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup dark molasses
2 teaspoons ground ginger
assorted decorative candies, icing

Combine all until thoroughly blended except for decorating items.
Refrigerate 2 hours
Preheat oven to 375
Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness on lightly floured surface
Cut with cookie cutter. Place 3" apart on ungreased baking sheets

Bake for 8-10 mins or until edges start to brown.
Remove to cooling racks, Cool completely
Store in airtight container

Janet D

Peanut Butter Roundup Cookies! My mom used to make when I was young. They were my favorite so I learned to make when I was a girl. I’ve been eating them as long as I can remember.


My favourite would have to be double chocolate cookies. Most of the year I stick to plain chocolate chip, but at Christmas those are my favourite with shortbread coming a close second.


Our family’s favorite cookies are called Peanut Blossoms. They are a peanut butter cookie with a Brach’s chocolate star pressed in the middle at the end of baking. It’s a family recipe so I don’t have a link.


Every year my husband demands these peanut butter chocolate balls. They're not a cookie per se, but they do only get made for Christmas. It combines crushed rice cereal, powdered sugar, butter, and of course, peanut butter. Rolled into balls and dipped in chocolate.


We love the toll house recipe the best, too! I love sugar cookies for decorating, but not as much for eating!,,,


My go to is Mrs Fields chocolate chip cookie recipe


My husband's favorite cookie is a filled raisin cookie. I combined two recipes to do it.


My all-time favorite is spritz. First of all, butter. Plus they’re so cute. And bite-sized. They are the first cookies I ever made. I didn’t follow the directions to cream the butter and sugar first, then add the dry ingredients. I just threw everything in a bowl at the same time and they still turned out fine.


I love making and eating Chocolate No Bake Cookies... you know, the healthy ones with oatmeal and peanut butter?!

My recent favorite is a soft Ginger Cookie that my neighbor makes. I’m still trying to talk her into sharing the family recipe!


Nothing to do with the holidays, but my faves are oarmeal, peanut butter, chocolate (dark) chunk — gluten free to boot. I figure only the sugar isn’t healthy! This is my variation of Montana Monsters (available online) that we first had in Sequioia National Park many years ago.

Julie Olsen

I would make nut goodie bars. We used to make these every year.

Jackie Trembley

Our favorite cookie recipe is a cream cheese spritz recipe for using in a cookie press handed down from my mother-in-law. This recipe is the same as here except we use grated orange rind instead of lemon extract.

Lynn N.

My favorite are the Peanut Butter blossoms. I can't resist the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.


My family’s favorite cookie recipe is one we always make for Christmas. They are Chocolate Mints, and it originally came from a magazine years and years ago. It is a fudge-y chocolate cookie that gets topped with mint “candies” that then melt and we swirl to make a nice “frosting”. They are topped with multi-colored sprinkles while still warm, so they can harden into place as the frosting cools. This is a two-person process in order to get it done fast enough, and that is part of the fun. They are beautiful, festive, and YUMMY! This recipe has gone through some changes with us over the years, because we could not find the green mint candies called for. During different time periods, we have used chocolate “UFOs” from Trader Joe’s (now, sadly, discontinued), Andee’s mints (too muddled-looking). Chocolate mint chips (now unavailable), and lately we have been using green mint chips (becoming difficult to find, too). In fact, this year we ordered several packages of the green mint chips from Amazon in order to stockpile them for future years. That’s the thing with traditions, you want to perpetuate them! Anyway, we are all set for this year and several years to come! Bring on Christmas and the Chocolate Mint Cookies!


Ok- stay with me.... from “ deceptively Simple” by Jessica Sienfeld. Her chocolate chip cookies w chickpeas. I use a food processor to make the chickpeas smaller. My family love these cake like cookies.

Marilyn Stern

Family favorite are Pecan Tassies and Chocolate Crinkles. I love Gingersnaps and Mincemeat Drops. Also have to bake Stollen for Christmas breakfast.

Susan Rudolph

I have a great chocolate chip cookie recipe that uses oil and not margarine/butter. Also, if you want a simple sugar cookie recipe that's not too sweet, this one is amazing:

Cindy Smith

We have several favorites, but Jam Thumbprints top the list. The others depend on who is baking. My husband likes to make gingersnaps and shortbread, I go for chocolate.

Lesly Adams

In our house, I love my grandmother's spritz cookies, but my dog goes crazy when I make molasses cookies.

Nancy Hooper

My mom used to make the yummiest egg white cookies. They were like eating a cloud of fluff that would melt in your mouth. Of course I can't make them nearly as good as she did. I miss her so much! Even more around this time of year!

Linda rominger

Eating "spring" biscotti with tea during the holidays is one of my favorites. The green and red of the pistachios and cranberries are very Christmasy to me. Add the white of the white chocolate chips and you get the color of the Italian flag. I don't add any icing. One of the traditions that I've started with my family.

Carol P.

My favorite cookie is actually a buckeye, so I’m not sure it counts. The mother of my high school friend used to make an assortment of cookies at Xmas and always gave me a baggy mixture of them. One of those faves was the buckeye. Lots of recipes exist for this, but hers are my favorite. Here it is:
Buckeyes (makes approx 5 dozen+)

1 lb. powdered sugar (buy 1 lb. box; don’t measure out from a bag because it doesn’t measure accurately)

1 stick margarine or butter (I use Land o’ Lakes butter)

2 cups peanut butter

3 cups Rice Krispies

12 oz. Ghirardelli chocolate chips

1/3 bar of paraffin (you can it in/near the canning area at the grocery store)

Handful of toothpicks

Waxed paper

Stir or beat all ingredients except Rice Krispies (otherwise it makes a mess). Add Rice Krispies; it’s much easier to knead the Krispies into the dough with your hands rather than trying to use a spoon). Form into small balls (if they are too big, then they are harder to dip in the melted chocolate, which is next).

Melt chocolate chips and paraffin together in a double boiler or in the microwave. (If you use the microwave, start 2-3 minutes and then check it and stir and heat a little more until chocolate is smooth.) Stick toothpicks in each ball and then dip into chocolate and cover almost entirely, but leave a bit uncovered so it looks like a buckeye. Place on waxed paper to cool. Run your finger over the hole left by toothpick to smooth out the hole. Store buckeyes in a tin in the refrigerator.

Carrie Teal

I love to make my grandmother's sugar cookies with buttermilk, o-so yummy


I have lots of Faves from the Martha Stewart Christmas cookie collection. My husband's #1 pick of them is Earl Grey shortbread. Linzers or pecan maple shortbread rank with me.


My favorites are a Ginger Cookie that my niece first made for me at Christmas last year. Then, I brought them to her the first time I visited her at college this year.

I think that both the ginger bits and the recipe came from Penzey's Spices.


My favorite Christmas cookie is a chocolate dipped mocha shortbread. I found it in a Fine Cooking magazine about 8 years ago. I cut the short read intoheart shapes and dip half of the heart in melted chocolate.

Nancy Rodriguez-Bell

I didn’t get homemade cookies as a kid (I know! I was seriously deprived!), but my husband makes a wonderful chocolate-and peanut butter chip cookie with a skosh of cinnamon and extra walnuts. I’ll have to ask him for another batch soon!

Susan Harrell

I have two favorites my mother and aunt would make to put into gift boxes when I was young, 50 odd years ago. I still make them both. My mother's favorite was a recipe she got from a friend who was from Scotland, a butter based shortbread with a hint of either orange or lemon zest. She would make them just after Thanksgiving so the cookies would have time to "mellow" and flavors blend. They were so good with tea. My aunt's recipe was my uncle's and mine favorite. I still make them. They are a peanut butter cookie made with nuts, candied fruit, condensed milk and peanut butter...that's all. Very rich and made only during the holidays. My aunt died this past April at age 93 so my making these this year will be full of special memories.

Diane Bush

Mine are cranberry walnut oatmeal cookies. So delicious and reminds me of my childhood, My Mom made them all the time but at Christmas they tasted extra good!!! We are baking them today, ironically. Love your yarn and love love love your kits. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL


Our family favorite is a soft, German gingerbread that is partially dipped in dark chocolate. It is HEAVENLY and you have to have a glass of creamy milk with it!
On Christmas Eve instead of leaving out cookies for Santa, we bake a gingerbread cake and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus and leave a piece of cake, two carrots, and some oats for Santa and his reindeer.


Traditional toll house cookies from the back of the Nestle bag. Other favorites are a sugar cookie that has been in the family for over 50 years and a sugar molasses cookie - crispy on the edges and soft in the center. Mmmmmmm.

Pat Hill

When decorating, I make a cream cheese sugar cookie, similar to this ( We only make them at Christmas. Sometimes I use them to make a Star Cookie Tree from a Wilton Kit.


I love to make potato chip cookies this time of year.


The favorites every year are Peanut Blossoms. I use this recipe for easy, no-fail peanut butter cookies:

I roll them in a ball and then roll the balls in granulated sugar and do not flatten. Once baked and while still soft, I press an unwrapped Hershey Kiss into ball.

Brenna Delosier

Molasses raisin are what my mom makes. She only makes them around Christmas and not every year. I don't particularly like raisins but love those cookies.


The pecan bars from America’s Test Kitchen are a recent favorite. Easy and oh so tasty.
When the kids were still at home wacky decorated sugar cookies were the thing. Think Santa in swim trunks. My adult kids still want to make these if they’re home for Christmas.


Made a new recipe for our church'Live Nativity last weekend. It was called CHARLESTON CHERRY BARS and appeared in the 2017 Columbus Dispatch special cookie section. Easy and made a lot!

Amy Bonanata

Pizzelles - a once a year tradition that is an Italian classic!!

Judy Myers

My grandmas Santa Claus gingerbread. She made them my Mom did,I did now my daughter makes them. what makes them different is they have cardamom in them in addition to the other spices.

Nancy Soyring

Cookies are my favorite part of the holidays. Gingerbread stars, chocolate & vanilla pinwheels, and thumbprint jelly cookies are a must.

Cathy Smith

Pecan crescents are a family favorite!


My favorite is chocolate ginger biscotti. I would add scotcheroos but they really aren't a true cookie.

Bonnie Wright

My favorite cookie recipe is sugar cookies using sour cream. My grandchildren love to decorate them


Modified Toll House Chocolate Chip recipe from a friend for chewy cookies. I also use this recipe with butterscotch chips and walnuts, a family favorite.

Anne MacDonald

My favourite cookie recipe is my mom's gingerbread cookie. I have made them as rounds to sandwich ice cream between two; I have shaped them into gingerbread men for my children first and now my grandchildren; and I have shaped them into stars, angels, trees with a sprinkle of red or green sugar. Anyway you do them up they are a favourite family tradition in our house st Christmas time.


I love my Mom's walnut crescents...mine don't turn out as well.


I'm with you, Tollhouse Cookies All The Way!!! I used to make them for my father when I was a teen, and I started making them for my husband after we were married 27 years ago. The kids are fans, too! Not limited to just the Holidays, they're great all year long.



Joanna Mull

These sound terrifyingly bad, but they are worth every gooey, delightful caloric bite!

Turtles (is it a brownie? cookie? or cake? I don't know, just gimme)

1 German Chocolate Cake Mix

3/4 Cup melted butter

1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk

(Mix above well)

Spread 1/2 of the mixture in 9x13 pan, bake 5 minutes at 350, let cool.

Melt in doube boiler 1 - 14 oz. bag caramels & 1/3 cup of evaporated milk. Spread this over the cake. Cover with small bag of chocolate chips & 3/4 cup chopped pecans. Spoon drop the other half of cake mix & bake for 20 minutes at 350.


My moms chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. They’re crunchy and buttery chocolate yumminess.

Jo to the D

I love my mom's sour cream cookie recipe. It's not Christmas w/o them.

Lugarda Cappettay

I like all kinds but Buckeyes are my fave; not really Christmas but that’s when I feel like making them.


We are also Toll House people, simple and delicious!

Cathy Hosek

My favorite are the cornflake wreaths with red hots. It seems much more appropriate to make them around the holidays than in summer since they are wreaths!


So hard to pick just one! Our go to cookie throughout the year is chocolate chip, made with instant pudding mix which gives them a soft batch texture. At Christmas, I love the beauty of springerle, the chocolate peanut butter amazingness of buckeyes, and the memories of growing up eating black bottoms.


My favorite christmas cookie is actually two cookies! My sister makes a wonderful not-too-sweet sugar cookie which she ices and decorates. The second recipe is more difficult to describe because it is a hybrid of one from my grandmother Bessie and my mother-in-law Anna - Grandmother called them Crescents and Anna called them Snowball Cookies - both are nut based (Pecan and Black Walnut being my two favorites) and have a super 'short' bite to them - almost like a buttery cookie with minced nuts through them. You dust with powdered sugar when they are still warm and make a total confectioners sugar mess when making and eating them! This one too is not too sweet, even considering the Powdered sugar coating.

The comments to this entry are closed.