Post # 16
If you like chocolate and peanut butter, these cookies are awesome! I usually leave out the Reese’s pieces and it leaves me with a soft, chewy peanut butter cookie with chocolate chips that are AMAZING fresh out of the oven! I make the dough in advance, roll the dough into balls and slightly flatten them, then freeze them (makes them stay fat and chewy after baking!). When I’m ready to bake the cookies I just toss them on a cookie sheet frozen and add a couple of minutes to the baking time. https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/06/reeses-pieces-soft-peanut-butter-cookies.html#
If peanut butter and chocolate isn’t your thing, the other cookie recipes on Averie’s blog are good too!
Post # 17
I made these Mint Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies tonight and they’re great! The recipe makes 2 dozen
Post # 18
@bee123456789 has the winner! Very easy and delicious!
Whatever you choose, do a practice run first. You say you’re not a baker, so simple is best.
Post # 20
Interesting that someone suggested snickerdoodles because I just got done planning a holiday bake sale and someone suggested them and 80% of the people at the meeting wrinkled their noses. Things people also wrinkled their noses at: spritz.
Basically anything with chocolate or peanut butter got top nod during the planning. Everyone seems like those peanut butter kiss cookies (I’m pretty meh on them though and I would guess someone is already making them). Mexican wedding cookies or walnut horns also tend to sell well and I notice a lot of people don’t make them themselves even though they are relatively easy (I think they appear harder than they are and people don’t like making a mess with powdered sugar. Other popular things are baking sugar cookie dough or brownie batter in mini-muffin tins and sticking mini-Twix or an Andes mint in the middle, respectively. Also drizzle the twix ones with caramel.
I always do chocolate dipped shortbread (shortbread is dead easy and the chocolate adds a nice touch and can be further dressed up with sprinkles, crushed mints, sea salt, caramel, etc.).
Post # 21
Pecan Tassies, Mexican wedding cookies, truffles, bourbon balls, shortbread.
I love the tassies, but wouldn’t take on 9 dozen of them
ETA: no bake ‘chow’ or ‘haystack’. uses chow mein noodles with melted chocolate and/or butterscotch. Sounds weird. Actually pretty good … has that sweet/salty thing going.
consider making some Biscotti
Post # 22
Macarons are amazing but holy moly they are finicky! I’ve never been able to get them to be 100% successful. They usually look right but are hollow for some reason…not sure if it’s the altitude or what. Anyway, my favorite holiday cookies are the jam thumbprint cookies:
Post # 23
Cranberry Walnut white chocolate chip cookies. This is a simplified version with pillsbury sugar cookie dough. If I’m feeling ambitious I use the base to a basic chocolate chip cookie dough and just add the craisins, walnuts and white choc chips instead of regular chips.
Post # 24
My favorites to make are snowballs and chocolate chip cookies (possibly throwing in Christmas M&Ms),
If I need cookies quick, I love cake batter ones. So soft/chewy! Favorites are funfetti, red velvet, and lemon crinkles.
Post # 25
w100116 : Normally when I have to make cookies in bulk, I make almond pillow cookies..though I’m not sure I’d want to make 9 dozen of them! They aren’t super labor intensive, but they do reqiure a lot more time than sticking a blob of dough on a cookie sheet, so I’d probably be pretty sick of filling the cookies with paste after about 4-5 dozen. BUT, they are absolutely delicious and everyone always loves them when I make them. If you’ve ever had almond pillow cookies from Fresh Market, these are almost identical in taste.
I’m pretty sure this is the recipe I use. (I saved this one before the days of Pinterest and have it written down at home). https://thenoshery.com/almond-pillow-cookies/
Post # 26
I’m participating in a cookie exchange with my FI’s family. This is my go to recipe for cookkies:
I agree with the others to make sure that you’re not making 9 dozen of what someone else will make. Actually, even if you do make the same type, chances are they’ll taste completely different. I would stay away from macaroons. My friend who is a great baker said they are one of the hardest cookies to get right.
Post # 27
My go-to cookies are matcha shortbreads! They’re so easy and a beautiful festive green color.