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December 06, 2017


Beth Ruiter

For us it is Oatmeal Scotchies with half of the butterscotch chips subbed with chocolate chips!

Luanne Garcia

My mom makes the best crescent moon shaped almond cookies!!! I can’t ever get them to work, so every Christmas she sends me some.

Coby Hanna-Butler

My personal favorite are oatmeal and white chocolate cookies. Sounds weird, but my Aunt makes them and they are amazing!!

As far as my own family goes, they love when I make peanut butter blossoms. I only will make them between Nov-Dec, so it's a real treat for the kiddos. My mom always made Mexican Wedding cakes and my mother in law always does buckeyes. :)

would LOVE to win!!!


Nutmeg logs -- a recipe that makes a large number of small iced cookies that freeze well. A friend gave me her mother's recipe more than 20 years ago when I needed 11-dozen cookies for a cookie swap.

1 cup butter, softened
2 tsps. vanilla
2 tsps. rum or brandy extract
¾ cup sugar
1 egg
3 cups flour
1 ½ tsps. nutmeg
¼ tsp. salt

Cream butter and extracts. Beat in sugar and egg with a spoon.

Mix together flour, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl. Add to butter mixture and mix well.

Shape a generous handful of dough into a log, about 12” long and ½” in diameter. Cut into lengths of about 2”. Repeat with all the remaining dough.

Place logs on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes – cook them a little longer if they feel too soft. You want them to have a bit of firmness. Cool, frost with your favorite icing recipe, and sprinkle with colored sugar.

Brenda Lewis

My favorite is a handed-down recipe called Aunt Myra's Chocolate Drop Cookies. I don't remember if this refers to a great-aunt or great-great-aunt, but my mom tops these with a vanilla glaze.

Shauna Bomer

Some of my favorite cookies ever are the spritz cookies you make with a cookie press! So buttery and delicious!


Our family favorite is a molasses fruit cut out frosted and decorated cookie from my Grandmother. It gets better as it ages so we make plenty so they stick around.

Dana Snyder

I love soft puffy cut out cookies. I found a recipe I love a few years ago and have been making it every year!

Pam Hunter

My favorite is always Snickerdoodles. I remember my Mom baking them and the house always smelling like cinnamon. Warm Snickerdoodles and milk, nothing better!!!!!


Molasses cookies are a favorite around here. It smells like gingerbread but so much better and covered in sugar!


My favorite cookies were always my grandma's oatmeal raisin cookies. She always had some!


Wowzers! Thank-you for a chance in such a nice giveaway!
My favorite Christmas cookie is my Aunt's frosted sugar cookie. She has the recipe. They are delicious!


Chocolate crinkle cookies are my favorite!

Dari T

My personal favorite cookie is a snickerdoodle, however, we have an annual fundraiser cookie sale at our church and I have hardly made the same cookie twice; so I have tried a lot of recipes. I am really liking the one I tried this year (from Pinterest, of course) So tasty!

Maggie Hayes

Gingerbread. This recipe is huge and makes a gazillion gingerbread boys & girls. My daughters birthday is in December and we made these cookies for her to bring as a treat. We had to make sure that we baked enough for each girl to get a girl cookie & the same for boys. From Kindergarten to 8th grade she brought them to school. She now makes them for the office cookie exchange. I hope she never tires of baking with me.

Jackie Swol

It's just my hubby and I in our household. One of our favorites are spritz cookies. I can even get him to help decorate them. Next on the list are the Oreo Truffles - yum!!!!! When our family gets together, that's what goes first. Happy Holidays to all.


While Toll House are so good, my fav is the Cashew and Pecan Shortbread Cookie Recipe I found many years ago in the LA Times food section. It was submitted to the "My Best Recipe" column by a reader named Minnie Michel who I do not know but I am so happy she submitted that recipe!


My family and I love Norwegian Kringla cookies. They have lots of sour cream and are a soft cookie shaped like a figure 8.

Beth L

I am a simple butter cookie kind of gal. Whatever recipe you have that is easily handled and doesn't rise too much in the oven. Decades of laughter and/or deep conversation over a table heaped with frosting and icing and other decorations, and a stack of undecorated cookies. This one is all about the time spent decorating them with family and friends.

Carole Hart

Gingerbread cookies from an old Betty Crocker book.

Carole Hart

Gingerbread Cookies!

Carole Hart

Gingerbread cookies!

Carole Hart

Gingerbread cookies!

Kathleen Jean Morrow

My favorite cookie is a Ginger Snap. Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook was a wedding gift so many years ago. Here is a link to there online recipe.


My favorite Christmas cookie recipe is the cranberry shortbread recipe I got from Martha Stewart’s old Everyday Food magazine. So delicious!

Irene O'Neil My mother made these especially for the 2 of us every year

Jann Johanson

Our favorite cookie is Oatmeal Butterscotch cookies. My Mom was never a baker, so that job became mine. So it is always my job to make all the cookies every year for Christmas. As I get older, I’d rather be knitting than making cookies, but am expected to come with tins of cookies every year. So I do!

Carole Hart

Gingerbread Men!

Mary M

This is a recipe we made at home with our mother when we were kids. It's been modified a little over time.

I am thinking about dipping some of them in dark chocolate this year. Maybe try them with and without the coconut.

No bake Coconut Orange Juice Cookies

1 (12 ounce) box Nabisco Nilla Wafers 
3/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 pound powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, half melted
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut

1. We did not toast the chopped nuts as kids but it helps keep them crunchy. Spread chopped nuts on a plate and microwave in 30 second increments until toasted. Set aside to cool. Nuts could also be toasted in the oven.

2. Crush Nilla Wafers until fine. We did this in a bag but a food processor would be easy.

3. Mix wafer crumbs, orange juice, powdered sugar, butter, and chopped nuts together. Shape the mixture into walnut-size balls, and roll in the coconut pressing gently. You made need to put the mix in the refrigerator to chill it if it gets too sticky to handle.

4. Store in the refrigerator in a covered container. Layer cookies between sheets of wax paper. Enjoy!

Pat Zielinski

I haven't made cookies in years. Growing up I loved crunchy Peanut Butter cookies and remember baking them when we lived in Germany. I finished baking one batch, put the next batch in the oven, turned around and my brother already had eaten 2 and had 2 more in his hand.

Paula Heiney

We lived in Hawaii before I started school and my mom found a special cookie, Hawaian Oatmeal I still bake it for holidays and to give as gifts.


Although my personal favorite is simple buttery shortbread, my family's favorite is one that my grandmother only baked at Christmas time, double chocolate peppermint cookies. She didn't have a written recipe, which made the results seem like magic to me as a child! This version is pretty close to hers.


Another Toll House chocolate chip fan. Love them and they are so easy. Freeze pre-formed balls of dough for fresh cookies at any time!


Toll House cookies are the best cookies, and I always follow the directions on the bag.

Paula Hitchcock

My all time favorite cookies are Ginger Snaps, that is until I found this recipe... Triple Ginger Cookies from my Epicurious App. BY KATE AND MIKE HIGGINS | BON APPÉTIT 2011.

A group of us met every Thursday evening at our local Yarn Store in Katy, Texas — Yarntopia! One of our regular group, Sarah, brought homemade cookies. Everyone went crazy over how great they were (addictive is more like it). She shared that her family loved these cookies and she had found this recipe. Now that I’ve made them at least a bajillion times, everyone in my family asks for them to be on our holiday plates and hopefully in the cookie jar when they stop by.

Sadly our Yarntopia closed in May this year, but the friendships we made there will last a lifetime. I had since moved from the Houston area and am currently living in Wiesbaden, Germany since April. Special thanks to Sheryl Means for so many wonderful memories and friendships we made with her in her lovely store.

Faith Personett

I like to make cut out sugar cookies every year. This year I am going to try Danielle Walker’s recipe in her Celebrations cookbook.

Michelle McCrillis

The favorite recipe around here is Double Gingersnaps from The Wellesley Cookie Exchange Cookbook, published (now OOP) by Yankee Magazine. I adapted it changing the four teaspoons of ginger to two teaspoons and two teaspoons of cardamom. The peppery taste of the cardamom really makes the ginger pop!


Mine is a sugar cookie from the 1940's from the newspaper Cappers weekly.


The favorite at our house are my Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I ran a little bakery business for the folks at my office years ago, and these, by far, were the most ordered.

The cookies use a pound of butter, six cups of flour, and lots of powdered sugar. Plus, chocolate chips and a little salt.

It's a very simple recipe, but you must use only butter for the best flavor.
They're rolled into balls and criss-crossed with a fork, like peanut butter cookies.
Once baked, they're covered with clouds of sifted powdered sugar.

I found the recipe in a magazine many years ago. The cookies mellow if kept in a tightly sealed container, and are fab with a cuppa or cappuccino.

We also like my Aunt Ruth's Frosted Orange Cookies, and my Mom's Reese Cup Cookies.
Plus, my Extra Peanutty Peanut Butter Cookies, and Seven Layer Bars.

My own personal favorite since developing diabetes (just great for a baker to have..NOT!), is my Mom's Meltaway Cookies.

These cookies are very plain, not too sweet, and literally melt in your mouth with every bite you take. Mmmmmm......

Jane denman

Sugar cookies! They’ve evolved from Christmas shapes and Michigan/Michigan State cutouts to dog bones over the years!


My Scottish Grandmother used to make the best oatmeal cookies. She would give us several tins jammed packed with them on Christmas morning. It was always a treat to eat them the minute we opened one of the tins, usually very early in the morning! I know they had dates in them, in addition to her secret spices. I've tried to recreate the recipe but they just don't taste the same.


Peanut butter kiss cookies. I made them every Christmas with my mom.

Melissa G

My favorite recipe is the pfeffernuesse recipe in my Better Himes and Gardens cookbook I got when I got married nearly 39 years ago.

Gale Fields

Leb Keuken! Big, fat, soft, puffy ginger cookies rule in my house!

Tara Gelsomino

I love to make cookies. I saw some caramel pretzel chocolate tollhouse ones a few months back at the market but resisted the urge and now I regret it! Lol.


My favorite cookie recipe is the NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies. It's not an ideal recipe as you need to chill the cookies for at least 24 hours but it's so worth it. My husband calls them the $2 cookies. They never last very long.


We are gluten free and one of our favorite recipes is a peanut butter chocolate chip blondie bar cookie.

Polly McCullough

My favorite is Molasses Crinkles.

Stephanie Worden

The must make cookie in our house is a simple rolled sugar cookie. It's not Christmas until those cookies are frosted and decorated.

Deb Scholl

My favorite Christmas cookie is an old one from my grandmother. They are called S cookies. They have nutmeg in them and crushed almonds on top. She got a big kick out of the fact that I married someone whose last name starts with S.

Marge Clark

Plain old chocolate chip cookies always bring forth good holiday memories.

Joy Schmitt

For 50+ years we have made rolled sugar cookies. The best is the frosting & sprinkes. We always have many participants-toddlers to teenagers as well as seniors. The more the merrier. We are not fussy about decorating. It’s all about the fun and togetherness.

Hilda Clegg

When I make cookies (rarely) I make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.


My all time favorite is the shortbread cookie. It's simple to make with few, simple ingredients but the taste cannot be beat in my opinion.
I sometimes add dried cranberries or chopped almonds. Enjoy

Sherri Hendricks

Ruby date drops. My fatherinlaw found this recipe in the Indianapolis Star newspaper. We loved them so much, this is a Christmas tradition now!


I love chocolate chip cookies they are the best!

Sandra Parr

All time favs are Buttermilk Sugar Cookies, they have a touch of nutmeg that make you crave more than just one!!

Carol Green

My mother-in-law's Christmas sugar cookies are a "must bake". According to my husband the "Christmas trees" are the best. Apparently they taste much better than the bells or stars or angels. I tell him its the exact same cookie dough and frosting, but he doesn't believe me!

Jeanne Bush

My favorite cookie for the holidays is a simple butter cookie with red & green sprinkles on top. My Mom always made them, and I continued the tradition and made them for my Dad. Now cookies for me should include chocolate...


My aunt is an amazing baker. It was fun to join her in the kitchen to bake holiday cookies. One time we made several batches for my co-workers. We made shortbread, wedding cake cookies, lemon bars, date bars, and the most beautifully decorated sugar cookies. One coworker talked about the decorated cookies for several years. My favorite were the date bars, but the best was the time spent together laughing while making the cookies.


Toll-house chocolate chips are always a staple in our house. Another favorite Chocolate No-Bake cookies which are quick and easy to make.


My grandmother’s Nutroll cookie recipe. Wonderful memories! She passed the recipe and her secrets about how to make these treats to me. Not a quick cookie to make - but so worth the time and effort.

Cynthia Wallin

Gingerbread cookies RULE!! So does fudge. :)


My favorite cookies are called Greek Beauties. My mother got the recipe from my aunt when I was a child, and it was my favorite Christmas cookie. Even though both my mom and my aunt are gone, that cookie recipe is still a holiday standard in my family, and several friends now bake it, too.

I have never found this recipe anywhere. The cookie looks a lot like a Russian Tea Cake, but the amount of vanilla makes it unique. Here is the recipe:

Greek Beauties

1 cup butter (two sticks)
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons vanilla (yes it IS tablespoons!)
2 cups flour
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Powdered sugar (for rolling cookies in after baking)

Mix ingredients together well. Roll into little balls. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 250 degrees for one hour. Remove from cookie sheet and roll in powdered sugar. When cool, roll in powdered sugar again.

Claire C

I'm not much of a baker, but my favorites to eat at the holidays are either Buckeyes or Chocolate Crinkles. I know they're easy to make, but somehow they never taste as good as the ones Mom makes!


When I was a kid, there were these lemon cookies with powdered sugar on the outside that we only got at Christmas, and they were my favorite. But I've developed a wheat allergy, so now any cookies I can eat (gluten free) are a treat!


My daughter-in-law is the Christmas cookie baker in our family. I especially love her lemon bars and snowballs. What a treat to enjoy them without any work!


My favorite cookie recipe is Compost Cookies by Momofuku Milk Bar! They are sweet and savory. Their version is a bit involved and incorporates crushed potato chips, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, coffee grounds, graham crust, oats, and pretzels but you can leave things off or add other snacks too!

Jennifer Bowling

My favorite is gingerbread people. My daughter likes palmiers. Two totally different types of cookie :)

Susie Hayden

We love Sprigerle cookies made with my Great Grandmothers wooden mold.

Barbara Belden

My mom's roll out sugar cookies always impress. They have cream of tartar in and always frost them with homemade buttercream frosting then decorate with colored sugars.

Karin M

Every Christmas I make Mint Bites cookies and rum balls. It’s a tradition.

Patsy Coats

Oatmeal Raisin for me.

Ruth Garcia

My favorite is the peanut blossom recipe-- peanut butter cookie recipe with a Hershey kiss on top. Yum!


Cookies are my favorite food group. At Christmas I like to make a basic sugar cookie dough and add red and green M&Ms.


My grandmother's chocolate cookie recipe. They are made with cocoa and are great. My niece requested them this year instead of a cake or pie. My father made her a bag of them to take home along with the ones he made for her birthday dinner.


I love sugar cookies with Royal Icing. I also have fond memories of making Candy Cane cookies with my mom growing up.

Linda Wilson

Those Tollhouse Cookies are hard to beat with Molasses Crinkles a very close second for me!
Happy Holidays!


I love Chewy Hermit Bars (! They're spicy and they travel well so they make good gifts.


Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are my favorites and I've made them all sorts of ways. Currently, my favorite recipe is called Incredible Hunks. I got the recipe from a friend but you can find it on My friend's cookies were round and full of chunks but mine flattened. I played around with ingredients a little to get a texture I like. I use 1/4 cup more flour, 1/2 tsp less baking powder, oil instead of butter, 2 cups of oatmeal, no raisins, 1 cup walnuts, 1 cup choc chips and I chill the dough before baking. Yum!

Sharilyn Ross

Almond press cookies with a 1960's ATCO Cookie Press

Linda Bazinet

Christmas and cookies are perfect together! Although I love trying new recipes, I always make this Chocolate Chip Shortbread from Company's Coming.

Butter, softened 1 cup
Brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup
Vanilla 1 tsp
All-purpose flour 2 cups

Semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup

Measure butter, sugar, vanilla and flour into bowl. Work together until it forms a ball. Add chocolate chips and work into dough. Roll into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press with fork. Bake in 325 oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Makes 5 dozen.

Cindy Walton

Basic chocolate chip cookies. Nothing better than warm cookies and cold milk.


Rolled sugar cookies from a cook book my mother got as a wedding gift in the 60's, then frosted with butter cream icing instead of royal icing. Mind you, the recipes for those two things are from two different places, but that's how we do it!

It's funny, because by the time we're done the cookies are total sugar bombs and I don't usually have quite that level of sweet tooth, but we can never stop eating them!


My mom's pinwheel date cookies! I finally got the coveted recipe this year and can't wait to try making it myself. There are so many other yummy favorites from others that I may have to branch out even more this year! Good thing my daughter loves to make cookies!


My favorite recipe is one for Sugar Cookies. I used to make them all the time when the girls were little, now only at Christmas. I make them and freeze them, then when the grands come we thaw and decorate them.


Life shifted for me when I discovered brown butter. I like the New York Times brown butter chocolate chip cookie recipe. It is fairly conventional except for the brown butter but man oh man it makes all the difference.


My favorite cookie recipe is the Rich Roll cookie from the Pope school of cooking cook book. It's a pain to roll @ cut out because of the high butter content but they melt in your mouth they're so good. If I want a cookie dough that's easier to roll out & cut out, I use their sugar. Polis recipe.


My favorite is also a chocolate chip cookie recipe, but it calls for instant pudding mix. No other recipe tastes quite the same (though they're all yummy, too). This looks right, and is easier than typing it out again myself. ;) Thank you for the giveaway!!

Lisa B

I'm an equal opportunity cookie kinda' gal! However, my favorite recipe for using cookie cutters is my grandma's recipe, Everyday Cookie Dough topped with Butter Icing. Yum.

Linda Pirius

Frosted sugar cookies. I have combined a bit of my family's cookie with my mother-in-law's creating a blended treat!


Spritz cookies, recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Love all the shapes and the ease of colored sprinkles instead of frosting.


Snickerdoodles too! We also make a tri-colored Neopolitan shortbread cookie!

Kathleen Benya

My family has to have my Sinful Seven Layer bar cookies. The chocolate and pecans are so very yummy!u

Siddha Olson

We always make suger cookies with frosting on it

darcy coffel

Chocolate Crinkles are made every year in my family. Soft chewy cookie and so fun to share with others! Recipe is easily found but I first found it in Betty Crocker cook book.


Chocolate no bakes......oh so easy.......


Sour cream sugar cookies! They are fluffy like cake. So good!

Catherine Evans

My sister and I make either gingerbread or sugar cookies that we decorate every Christmas, they're so pretty! My favorite cookie to eat though, is her Yuletide cookies which are pecan thumbprints with raspberry jam in the middle - delicious with coffee or tea!


Gingerbread is one of my favorites. I grew up using the Betty Crocker Cooky Book (not sure why it’s not spelled cookie). When I moved to college, my parents gave me a new copy of the book so I’d have all the recipes that I grew up with. :)

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