Best Cookie Recipes to Bake at
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.
Chocolate Chip Cookies A long
standing favorite in our house, chocolate chip cookies are always a
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
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.
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
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
Preheat the oven to 325°. Lightly grease two
baking sheets or line them with parchment paper.
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
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
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.
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
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
Texas Mansion Cookies Make
these cookies really big and serve them warm with ice cream for a
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.
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.