At the age of 19, I lived in an apartment building next door to an 80 year-old German woman. During my first holiday season there, she taught me how to bake her favorite Christmas cookie. The recipe for Pecan Delights looks simple. The cookie itself is a small and simple looking pale colored disc with a pecan centered on… Continue reading Mrs. Germack’s Pecan Delights
I found this sugar cookie recipe many years ago in a book filled with early American recipes. It has the best flavor of any I've tried and I'm often asked for the recipe. In the cookbook where I found it, a story was told about a young woman in colonial times baked and sold these best selling… Continue reading Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
The first time I saw these little pastries was at a holiday party at a relatives house. I was very young and reluctant to try an ugly black cookie (it was poppy seed). As an adult, I discovered just how wonderful these Eastern European traditional treats are and a few years ago I went looking for a… Continue reading Kolacky
I found both this chocolate cookie recipe and the mocha-chocolate frosting recipe in two different sections of the same vintage 1950's cookbook. They weren't intended to be used together and the frosting recipe is the same one I often use for chocolate cake. The first time I tried frosting the cookie with it, I knew I… Continue reading Mocha-Chocolate Frosted Drops
Growing up, Mom was sure to make a batch of these cookies every Christmas. They were Dad's favorites then and still are today. There are many similar recipes with various names: Russian Tea Cakes, Snowball Cookies, etc. Mom's recipe calls for them to be dropped from a spoon onto a cookie sheet. I like to… Continue reading Mexican Wedding Cookies
I was looking for a peppermint cookie recipe when I came across this gem in a Taste of Home cookie magazine several years ago. The peppermint and chocolate combination is scrumptious. Be sure to use real butter! Peppermint Twist Kiss Cookies 36 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/3 cup sugar 1/4… Continue reading Peppermint Twist Kiss Cookies
Everyone, it seems, is always trying to find the absolute "best" chocolate chip cookie recipe. I will admit that over the years, I have tried lots of these "new and improved" recipes, but in the end, I always come back to the original old standard that is printed right on the back of the Nestle bag. Why? Because fresh out of the oven, the Nestle recipe still has the best flavor. And if mixed properly they turn out to be as soft and chewy as you could want.
Pumpkin season is here and in my family fall also begins the holiday cookie season. Over the years, we have collected so many great cookie recipes that we couldn't begin to bake or eat them all at Christmastime. So sometime in October, I kick off the cookie season when I buy the year's first can of pumpkin… Continue reading Frosted Pumpkin Cookies