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Chocolate Chip Cookies Shortbread Cookie Recipes Oatmeal Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with butter and a combination of white and brown sugars which produces a rich and chewy cookie with caramelized edges. more Scottish in origin, these rich, tender and crumbly straw colored cookies were once only served during Christmas and New Year's Eve. more Loaded with oats, this version produces a crisp and chewy cookie that can be filled with chocolate chips (white or dark chocolate), dried fruits, and/or chopped nuts. more
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies French Macarons Recipe Snickerdoodles
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies take two round domed shaped chocolate cookies and sandwich them together with a soft and tangy cream cheese filling. more French Macarons take two almond flavored meringue cookies and sandwiches them together with a delicious filling. The outside crust is crisp yet inside they are wonderfully soft. more Snickerdoodles are an old fashioned cookie that have a sugar cinnamon coating and a sweet and buttery flavor. more
Chocolate Macarons Rum Balls Biscotti Recipes
Chocolate Macarons take two almond flavored meringue cookies and sandwiches them together with chocolate ganache. Delicious. more Rum balls are the perfect adult indulgence for as their name implies, 'rum' balls contain rum and since we do not bake these cookies the alcohol taste and content are not lost during baking. more The Italians use the term biscotti to refer to any type of cookie. In North America, biscotti is used to describe a long, dry, hard twice-baked cookie with a curved top and flat bottom designed for dunking into wine or coffee. more
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During the early part of the 18th century North Americans began to use the word 'cookie' to define a small, sweet, flat or slightly raised confection. The word 'cookie' appears to come from the Dutch word "koekje or koekie" and refers to a small cake. Alan Davidson in The Oxford Companion to Food states that "cookies were originally associated with New Year's Day....references from the early part of the 19th century show that cookies and cherry bounce (a cherry cordial) were the correct fare with which to greet visitors on that occasion." 

Cookies are now eaten any time of the day - coffee breaks, as a snack, for dessert, and even given as a welcoming gift.

The arrival of immigrants from all over the world has had an enormous impact on the variety of cookies now made and enjoyed in the United States.  Our most famous cookie, the chocolate chip, is of our own invention. Around 1930 Ruth Wakefield, who owned the Toll House Inn in Massachusetts, decided to cut up chunks of Nestle's Semisweet Yellow Label Chocolate bar and add them to a rich butter cookie dough. The Nestle company discovered her delicious cookie and made a deal for the rights to her recipe. By 1939 Nestle had invented chocolate morsels and packaged them in a Yellow Label bag and, upon buying the Toll House name, printed Ruth Wakefield's recipe for "The Famous Toll House Cookie" on the back......   Continued below

Homemade Graham Crackers

Bar & Squares Recipes

Thumbprint Cookies

Homemade Graham Crackers (Wafers), are a slightly sweet and grainy whole wheat cracker that I think looks and tastes as good as store bought. more Unlike cookies where the batter is dropped in mounds on a baking sheet, or formed into individual balls, or even rolled out and cut into pretty shapes, a batter for squares is simply spread into a pan. It is only after baking that they are cut into individual portions. more A seasonal favorite, buttery balls of dough are rolled in toasted nuts and filled with jam. These little gems get their name from the fact you use your "thumb" to make an indentation into each ball of dough for the jam. more

Lemon Cookies

Butter Cookies

Streusel Cookie Recipe

These Lemon Cookies have a buttery sweet lemon flavor and a crisp texture. Excellent when drizzled with a lemon glaze. more Butter Cookies are sweet and buttery with wonderfully crisp edges. Serve them plain with a bowl of fruit sorbet or a fruit salad. These cookies can also be covered with a Confectioners Frosting or dipped in melted chocolate. more Like a shortbread, this Streusel Cookie has a crisp and crumbly, yet chewy texture, with a buttery sweet flavor. And its full of crunchy almonds. more

Melting Moments

Sugar Cookies

Fig Oatmeal Cookies

Melting Moments are a delicious shortbread-like cookie covered with confectioners sugar that literally melt-in-your-mouth. more These sweet and buttery cut-out cookies are always a favorite. You can also dress them simply with granulated or colored sugars or make them very decorative with royal icing. more This a delicious sandwich cookie that takes two buttery crisp oatmeal cookies and fills them with lightly sweetened pureed dried figs. more

Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate Cookies

Coconut Macaroons have a wonderfully sweet coconut flavor with a crisp exterior and a soft and chewy texture. more Chocolate Coconut Macaroons are bursting with flakes of sweetened coconut and have a wonderful deep chocolate flavor. more Combining the subtle flavor of Dutch-processed cocoa powder with dark and white chocolate chips produces a chocolate filled cookie that is chewy yet has nice crisp edges. more

Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Meringue Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies are instantly recognizable by their crisscross pattern. They have that 'sweet and salty' flavor combination that make them irresistible. more This cookie is a chocolate lover's delight. Not only are they made with a whole pound of chocolate, but they also contain both white and dark chocolate chips. more Meringue Cookies are so airy, sweet and crisp that they seem to almost melt in your mouth. more

Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Mexican Wedding Cakes/Russian Tea Cakes

Chocolate Meringues have a powdery crisp outside crust with soft marshmallow centers that are both sweet and chocolately. more Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons have wonderfully crispy edges and soft and chewy centers. They are lovely when dipped in melted chocolate. more These melt-in-your mouth, shortbread-like cookies go by many names; a Russian Tea Cake, a Mexican Wedding Cake, an Italian Butter Nut, a Southern Pecan Butterball, a Snowdrop, a Viennese Sugar Ball and a Snowball. more

Cowboy Cookies

Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

Financiers

Cowboy Cookies are sweet and buttery and loaded with chocolate chips, rolled oats, raisins, sweetened coconut, and walnuts. more Crispy Oatmeal Cookies have lots of oats which makes them chewy and they also contain rice cereal which gives them a delightful crunch. more Financiers are soft and springy with a  domed top and a lovely golden brown crust. Take a bite and you can taste the moist flavor of butter and almonds. more

Black and White Cookies

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Black and White Cookies, also known as Half Moon or Half and Half Cookies, are large, sweet and buttery, dome shaped cookies, that are iced with both vanilla and chocolate fondant frostings. more Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies use cocoa powder, melted dark chocolate and chocolate chips for a cookie that is rich with chocolate flavor. more Fall and Winter baking wouldn't seem complete without a batch of gingerbread cookies. Fragrant with ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves the amount of which can be adjusted to suit your own individual taste. more

M&M's® Cookies

Gingersnaps

Spritz Cookies

M&M's cookies have wonderfully crisp edges and soft and chewy centers. Kids absolutely love these candy topped cookies. more Ginger Snaps are a highly addictive, sugar coated cookie that gets its chewy texture and spicy flavor from adding brown sugar, molasses, and spices (cinnamon, ginger and cloves) to the batter. more Spritz Cookies, also known as Swedish Butter Cookies or Pressed Butter Cookies, are a very popular Christmas cookie. They have a lovely vanilla flavor and a rich buttery texture that is tender crisp. more

Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Peppermint Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies take two round domed shaped chocolate cookies and sandwich them together with a soft and creamy vanilla filling. more Pumpkin Whoopie Pies take two round domed shaped pumpkin cookies and sandwich them together with a soft and creamy vanilla filling. more Peppermint Whoopie Pies takes two round domed shaped chocolate cookies and sandwiches them with crushed candy canes in a marshmallow filling. more

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Raisin Cookies

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies take two peanut butter cookies and sandwiches them together with a creamy peanut butter filling. more Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are delicious. Each cookie has a miniature peanut butter cup pressed into the center which makes for a wonderful treat. more Raisin Cookies have a soft and chewy texture and a buttery sweet flavor. These homey raisin-packed, old fashioned drop cookies are a busy mother's friend. more

Meringue Hearts

Meringue Mushrooms

Molasses Cookies

Since meringues pair so well with fruits and creams, for this dessert I have made individual heart-shaped meringues and topped them with strawberry cream and fresh strawberries. more

This does seem like a very long and involved recipe but the meringue mushrooms are really not difficult to make. more

This highly addictive, sugar coated cookie gets its chewy texture and spicy flavor from adding dark brown sugar, molasses, and spices (cinnamon, ginger and cloves) to the batter. more

Madeleines

Sables (French Butter Cookies)

Spice Cookies

Whether you enjoy them plain or dipped in your tea or coffee, these Madeleines make the perfect afternoon treat. more Sables, also known as French Butter Cookie or Breton Biscuit, is a classic French cookie originating in Normandy France. more Spice cookies are a great tasting spicy almond cookie that is crisp and crunchy. more

Tuiles A D'Orange

Hermit Cookies

Checkerboard Cookies

Tuiles are one of my favorite cookies. The orange crunchy flavor is absolutely delicious. more Hermit Cookies have a soft and chewy texture, are nicely spiced with ground cinnamon, allspice and cloves, and are jammed with raisins, dates, and nuts. more Checkerboard cookies are appealing not only because they look beautiful but also because they combine both the flavors of chocolate and vanilla. more
Speculaas Pumpkin Cookies Chocolate Wafers
This recipe is one I have adapted from 'Windmills in my Oven' as it still gives you that wonderful spicy flavor of the commercial product only with a softer texture. more Pumpkin Cookies have a wonderfully soft and spongy texture and taste of pumpkin and its complementary spices (ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves). Absolutely delicious with a cream cheese frosting. more Although there are many chocolate cookies to choose from, I love to snack on these Chocolate Wafers. Their texture is wonderfully crisp and crunchy and their chocolate flavor is rich. more
Icebox Cookies Chocolate Crinkles Ladyfingers
A stack of these sweet and buttery Icebox Cookies, dotted with flecks of red candied cherries, makes you think of Christmas. more These are known as Chocolate Crinkles or Black and Whites. Both are perfect names for this deliciously soft, fudge-like chocolate cookie that is encased in a coating of confectioners sugar. more You may know them as Ladyfingers but these long finger- or oval-shaped cookies are also known around the world as Boudoir biscuits, sponge biscuits, sponge fingers, Naples biscuits, Savoy biscuits (Savoiardi) and biscuits la cuiller. more
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Bourbon Balls Everything Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a big and fat, golden brown cookie with a bumpy surface all dotted with raisins. Their edges are crisp, their flavor sweet, and their texture is wonderfully soft and chewy. more Bourbon Balls are a sweet and chewy, no-bake confection made from a combination of crushed vanilla wafers, confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, chopped pecans or walnuts, held together with a little corn syrup and bourbon. more Everything Cookies are sweet and buttery and loaded with chocolate chips, rolled oats, raisins, sweetened coconut, and walnuts. more
Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Welsh Cakes

Linzer Cookies
If you are in the mood for a crispy buttery chocolate chip cookie this recipe fits the bill. more If you are not of Welsh descent you may not be familiar with Welsh Cakes. I think the best way to describe them would be scone-like, albeit in cookie form. more Linzer Cookies use the same ingredients as the Linzertorte but present them in a different way. Two cookies are sandwiched together with a layer of preserves. more
Ginger Cookies Amaretti Cookies (Almond Macaroons) Frosted Tea Cakes
Ginger Cookies are aptly named, as they are both ginger colored and ginger flavored. They have a sugar coated crackly surface and when you bite into one you will find the texture soft and chewy with a flavor that is buttery and spicy. more Amaretti is the Italian name for macaroons, which means little bitter things. Crisp and crunchy on the outside and soft inside, these small domed shaped cookies originated in Venice Italy during the Renaissance period. more Their soft buttery texture is a cross between a butter cake and a cream scone and when iced with confectioners frosting, you have a cookie that delights both adults and children. more
     
Royal Icing Brutti ma Buoni Gingerbread Men
Royal Icing is a pure white icing that dries to a smooth, hard, matte finish. Besides its lovely finish it also colors beautifully and it is used as a frosting for cakes and cookies and also for intricate piping of decorations. more Brutti ma Buoni is a delicious Italian cookie that has a wonderfully crisp exterior with a texture that is soft and chewy. Very similar to a meringue cookie only with nuts. more Christmas baking wouldn't seem complete without a batch of gingerbread men. Fragrant with ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves the amount of which can be adjusted to suit your own individual taste. more
Peanut Blossom Cookies Alfajores Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Peanut Blossom Cookies consist of a peanut butter cookie that has a chocolate Kiss sitting happily on top. more Alfajores take two buttery crisp shortbread cookies and sandwiches them together with a sticky and gooey caramel-like filling (Dulce de Leche). more Chocolate Sugar Cookies are a sweet and buttery cut-out cookie with a mild chocolate flavor that are frosted with royal icing. more
Fruit Pizza Raspberry Butter Cookies Chocolate Cream Cookies
A Fruit Pizza is a fun dessert. It consists of a giant sugar cookie covered with a sweet and tangy cream cheese filling and loads of fresh fruit. more A buttery sweet sandwich cookie with a wonderfully light and crispy texture. Irresistible when paired with the tangy sweetness of raspberry jam. more These Chocolate Cream Cookies have a buttery crisp texture and are filled with a sweet and buttery cream. A sandwich cookie at its best. more

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Cookies are one of the fastest and easiest things to make. Generally they are a simple combination of all-purpose flour, unsalted butter, granulated and/or brown sugar, eggs, baking powder/soda and flavorings. They come in many different shapes, sizes, textures and flavors. They are classified as:

Bar - a soft batter is spread evenly into a shallow pan, baked, and cut into individual bars or pieces.

Drop - a firm batter is "dropped" onto a baking sheet using a spoon or ice cream scoop. Each cookie should be of equal size and spaced evenly on baking sheet.

Molded or Hand-Formed - a firm batter is shaped into balls, logs, etc. or pressed into a mold.  The cookies are then placed on a baking sheet and baked.

Piped or Pressed - batter is either put in a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip or placed into a cookie press.  The batter is then piped onto a baking sheet or pushed through the cookie press into fancy shapes and baked.

Refrigerator or Icebox - batter is shaped into a log, refrigerated until firm, evenly sliced into rounds, placed on a baking sheet and baked.

Rolled - a firm batter is rolled into a thin layer, shapes are then cut out using a cookie cutter, cookies are placed on a baking sheet and baked.

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In the U.K. cookies are called sweet biscuits; in Spain they are called galletas; in Germany they are called keks; and in Italy they are called biscotti. Every country has its favorite.  In the United States and Canada it is chocolate chip, in the U.K. its shortbread, in France its sables and macaroons, and in Italy biscotti.

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