Friday, November 17, 2006

Christmas Cookies

I love cookies. LOVE them. Any kind, but especially homemade. Mrs. Fields has nothing on the regular woman, trust me.

Some of my favorites are:

Italian wedding cookies - these buttery, crumbly powdered-sugar covered snowballs fat with finely chopped pecans. Oh my - they melt in your mouth! So delicious.

Chocolate Chip - a standard favorite. I love the Toll House version. It's a classic! And please, no nuts in them, okay? Let's face it, that's just bothersome.

M&M cookies - the beauty of these badboys is that by using holiday color M&M's, they work for any occasion. Especially good when warm and the chocolate is a touch gooey inside its little candy shell.

Oatmeal raisin - what other cookie counts as breakfast? Done well, with fat raisins and a touch of cinnamon, there isn't a better cookie with coffee. This is also the one cookie I'm okay with having a lot of extra junk. In fact, in my oatmeal raisin cookies, I usually add toffee bits. Seems to work.

Sugar cookie - two things make or break this cookie - the flavor of the cookie itself and the icing. I don't care if your four-year-old decorated it, as long as the cookie has the right consistency (should be a little cakey in my opinion, not a slab of sheet rock) and the icing is sweet and delicious (not stale and oddly cheesy).

I also make a white chocolate cranberry that I learned when I worked for Wolfgang Puck. With enough prodding, I might be willing to reveal that recipe. Might.

Of course, now I want cookies. Mmm...cookies. What kind do you make for Christmas and do you need my address?


  1. Anonymous9:13 AM

    I lovvvvvvvvvvve cookies!!! Oh man, now I'm going to be thinking of that all day }:)

  2. you pretty much had me at the mention of cookie.

    I do make these fantastic double chocolate chip cookies with caramel swirls.

    Might I add they rock?

    I would really like that cookie recipe you mentioned. I won't tell wolfgang if you don't.

  3. Prod prod prod. Give over the recipe, lady!

  4. Whoops. I'm not really a cookie afficionado. But dh is and he makes fantastic chocolate chip cookies. I'm more of an oatmeal raisin kinda gal, myself.

  5. If I get one more request, I'll post Wolfie's recipe tomorrow.

  6. If I make a 2nd request, does that count????

  7. I LOVE Italian wedding cookies. My grandma makes some that are yum yummy goodness.

    My other grandma makes the best sugar cookies. And I have picked up all of her habits and quirks (like putting a tiny bit of coffee in the homemade frosting!) and make a pretty good sugar cookie myself.

    You just made me hungry. :)

  8. Anonymous3:29 PM

    Request, request!

    I don't make cookies at the holidays -- I make candy. Chocolate fudge, burnt sugar fudge, and the most delicious confection ever, Nanaimo squares. That last was my grandmother's recipe and there's nothing like it in this world. OMG, I can't wait!

  9. I'm pretty big on the ginger cookie of any persuasion.

    My Nana used to make amazing ginger snaps... but sadly she forgot the recipe years before she passed away... She wasn't really senile either... Just forgot how to bake a bunch of stuff and didn't have any recipes writeen down.

  10. Anonymous10:05 PM

    Well I wrote this already in your candy post, but I love peanut butter balls. Not exactly a cookie, and not really a candy, but wow.... a delectable treat: peanut butter and I think rice krispies, coated in chocolate. OMG.

  11. My almost favorite cookies are homemade chocolate chip and toffee chip. I found the recipe on the back of a bag of toffee bits one year and almost inhaled the lot of them. I'll be making them next month.

    My second favorites are peanut butter chocolate chip. I adore cookies. There are so versatile, and a great way to bride the kids. ;)