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Best Cookie Recipes to Bake at Home

With the 2012-2013 school year in full swing now, many moms are thinking of ways to ease the pain of homework for their children.  One of the best ways I've found to revive children who are tired from a long day at school is to present them with home baked cookies when they walk in the door. 

Cookies are a treat that can soothe almost any ailment, calm nerves and put smiles on anyone's face.

I recently did a poll of mothers with children of all ages to see which cookie recipe is their favorite for baking at home.  Here is our list of top picks.

 1.  Chocolate Chip Cookies A long standing favorite in our house, chocolate chip cookies are always a hit.

2.  Snickerdoodle Cookie  Cinnamon and sugar combine to make a great cookie for eating and for sharing.  Kids and adults love to help roll the cookies in the cinnamon and sugar coating.

3.  Mexican Wedding Cookies or Pecan Sandies  My grandmother called them lady fingers because instead of rolling the dough into balls, she rolled them into longer "fingerlike" cookies.

4.  Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies  This recipe has been around for so long.  It's the mother of all chocolate chip cookie recipes and this list wouldn't be complete without it.

5.  Ginger Snaps  One of my close friends gave me this recipe.  She makes them every year for our annual cookie swap.  They are really, really good!

DOUBLE GINGER SNAPS

2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
1 t baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup canola oil
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup dark molasses
1 large egg, lightly beaten, plus 1 large egg white
¾ cup chopped crystallized ginger (if you get it in the oriental foods section it is cheaper           than in the conventional spice shelf)
½ cup coarse sugar crystals

Preheat the oven to 325°.  Lightly grease two baking sheets or line them with parchment paper.

Sift the flour, ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt together onto a sheet of waxed paper.

In a large bowl, stir the oil, brown sugar, and molasses together with a wooden spoon until well blended.  Add the whole egg and beat until blended.  Stir in the flour mixture and finely chopped crystallized ginger.

Lightly beat the egg white in a small bowl.  Spread the sugar crystals in a shallow bowl.

With dampened hands, shape the dough into one inch balls.  Brush each ball lightly with egg white and roll in the sugar to coat lightly.  Place the cookies about one inch apart on the pans.

Bake the cookies until the tops are set and crackled, 15-18 minutes.  Let the cookies cool in the pans on wire racks for five minutes before transferring them to the racks to cool completely.  The cookies will firm as they cool.

This recipe makes about four dozen cookies.  It is easily doubled.  The cookies store well if kept between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container.  They also freeze well.

6.  Oatmeal Raisin  Fantastic after school cookies for kids.  Pair with a glass of milk, and you have a great snack.  These are also great for lunch box treats. 

7.  Almond Shortbread with raspberry filling  I haven't tried these cookies, but I have been assured by more than one person that they are great!  They are a

8.  Texas Mansion Cookies  Make these cookies really big and serve them warm with ice cream for a dessert.  Yummy!

9. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge  My grandmother used to make a fudge very similar to this every Christmas.  Her recipe was never written down and I was too young to realize that I should have paid more attention  in the kitchen with her.  This recipe is the closest that I've seen to the wonderful holiday treats Grandma used to make.

10 Sugar Cookies  This cookie recipe takes time, but it's so much fun to do with your family.  I almost don't want to eat the cookies after we decorate them.