5 for Friday – Top Cookie Picks

It’s the baking season!  I’m so not a baker, but I do okay with some cookies.  Although I’m an admitted chocoholic, I find that I’m better able to control my treats if I bake other cookies.  Something about chocolate just makes me want another and then another and then another!  Many of these recipes are from the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook that I adore.  It is the one cookbook that I think everyone should have especially first time chefs.  Yes, I think of myself as a chef.  It was my elementary future career choice, so there.

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Purchase from Barnes and Noble here.  

{ONE}

The Giant Ginger Cookie!  Perfectly delicious with a little ginger kick.  This is one of my new favorite.

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Recipe here.  

{TWO}

Lemon Crinkle Cookies – Sweet, but not too sweet!

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Makes 2-3 dozen

Ingredients:
½ cups butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoons baking powder
⅛ teaspoons baking soda
1-½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cups powdered sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

*If using a non-stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

Lauren Brennan; laurenslatest.com

{THREE}

Chocolate Chip Cookies – Now, I try all sorts of varieties of these.  The Mr. says none compare to the way his grandmother would make them.  I found this recipe online for the crispy, crunchy cookies.  I’m always up for a challenge, so here I go again!

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See recipe here from The Kitchen Magpie!  Photo from her delicious website as well.  I can take no credit for these bits of yumminess.

{FOUR}

Sugar Cookies! I know some people think they are boring, but I loved making fall-themed ones with Holden.  I think the attraction for me is more about the experience for him.  Plus, they’re so cute when they’re cut out!

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Easy recipe here.  

{FIVE}

Date Pinwheels – These are my favorite, but I admit not a popular one with others.  I may not be making them this year just for that reason.  I mean, I like them, but should I really eat an entire batch?  Probably not!  They’re so good that is is hard not to for me.

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Another delicious recipe from Better Home and Gardens!

There you have it!  Some of our faves.  I know there are many other like the popular snicker doodle as well as other treats like puppy chow.  So many delicious things!  I’m planning to pick three things this year to prevent a case of the overwhelms.  I’m leaning towards ginger cookies, sugar cookies, and chocolate chip for the Mr. of course (I’m sure I’ll have a few too!).  Here is a great idea from Pinterest for a semi-homemade treat that is as cute as it is delicious I’m sure.

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Milano cookies dipped in chocolate and rolled in crushed peppermint candy!  See Hostess with the Mostess!

What are your favorites?  Do you go semi-homemade or all the way?  How many treats?

Happy baking!

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