Crispy Gingersnaps

Light, buttery, crispy, old-fashioned gingersnaps flavored with powdered ginger, cinnamon, molasses, and cloves. Each cookie is rolled in granulated sugar before baking, forming a crunchy, sugary coating that enhances the appearance of the beautiful crackling across the top of the cookie.  You can use ordinary table sugar, decorating sugar with larger crystals, or turbinado sugar which … Read more

Scandinavian Almond Cookies

One of my favorite old world cookies – Scandinavian Almond Cookies.  These appear on my Christmas tray every year and are loved by everyone.  This recipe comes from an old Better Homes and Gardens magazine.   The recipe was passed down from a BH&G editor’s Norweigan grandmother.  When I serve Scandinavian Almond Cookies, I always … Read more

Lemon Squares

A refreshing tangy/sweet filling atop a rich buttery shortbread cookie crust.   The shortbread crust is pre-baked, a silky-smooth lemon curd-like filling is poured onto the crust, and the pan gets baked again until the filling is set.  When I’m in need of a quick dessert, Lemon Squares are usually my go to dessert.   … Read more

Chocolate Crackles

These decadent gourmet chocolate cookies are a chocolate lover’s dream!  They are light and delicate with a deep, intense chocolate flavor, and are not overly sweet. Every year for Christmas, I go on a blissful two-day cookie baking marathon, making about 12 to 15 different types of cookies. I love to give away cookie trays … Read more

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry and orange is a blissful combination. These light-as-a-feather sugar-type cookies have just a hint of orange zest, crispy, buttery edges, and bits of chopped sweet cranberries throughout.   To make them even more decadent and unusual, they are studded with rich macadamia nuts that I like to roast in a dry skillet before incorporating … Read more

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ginger and Molasses … a marriage that has stood the test of time. This old-fashioned cookie is made with the warm spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, and then dark molasses is added to deepen and enhance the flavor. Warm, spicy, and buttery with a crunchy sugar topping – what’s not to love? The cookie … Read more

Spritz Butter Cookies

Delicate, buttery Spritz Cookies with festive variations, make a perfect adornment for a Christmas cookie tray.  You can add food coloring or leave plain – either way, these cookies are delicious and beautiful.  You will need a cookie press to make Spritz cookies.This is one of the very first Christmas cookies I learned to make … Read more

Orange Gingerbread Cookies with Rum Glaze

My children grew up in a bake-from-scratch household and have been introduced to more cookies than we can possibly count!  My youngest son, now in college, loves anything with ginger or molasses, so when I made these cookies for him, they became his all-time favorite cookie.   We are fortunate that we use the zest … Read more

Tea Cakes

            Depending on the cultural origin, there are numerous variations and interpretations of tea cakes around the world. In the United States, a tea cake is usually a dense cookie made with butter, sugar, eggs, flour, milk, and flavoring; Petit Fours are also sometimes classified as tea cakes in America. In England (where … Read more