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Start the New Year with M&M Party Cookies

I don't know when this recipe was first published but I first became aware of it in the mid-60s. It was part of an advertisement for Crisco shortening and M&M's in one of my mother's magazines. In those days, recipes were often a part of a advertisements for some product or another. My mother cut… Continue reading Start the New Year with M&M Party Cookies

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

Who doesn't love a peanut butter cookie? Combine it with a chocolate Hershey's Kiss and you get a cookie favorite that shows up on most cookie trays these days. Traditionally they are made with milk chocolate kisses. But try dark chocolate kisses for an extra rich treat or for those who don't like chocolate (yep,… Continue reading Peanut Butter Blossoms

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Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The best oatmeal cookie recipe isn't hard to find. It is printed on the lid of the Quaker oatmeal box. And it makes sense doesn't it? Who would spend more time testing oatmeal cookie recipes to find the very best one than an oatmeal company? This is the same recipe that my mother used to… Continue reading Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

These cookies may look rather plain but looks can be deceiving. These puffy, sugar coated rounds are packed with flavor. I bake them throughout the year as a special cookie jar treat. Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies 1/2 cup shortening (part butter or margarine) 1 cup sugar one egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 2/3 cups all-purpose… Continue reading Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

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Coconut Washboard Cookies: an Adaptation of an Old-Time Recipe

Coconut Washboards are an old fashioned cookie that has been around since my great grandmother's day. When I came across a few original recipes I was reluctant to try any of them because the reviews weren't very good. But with half a bag of  coconut in my fridge that I wanted to use up I made some adaptations to fix the problems that… Continue reading Coconut Washboard Cookies: an Adaptation of an Old-Time Recipe

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Lemon Squares

This flavorful, tart square needs to be handled carefully but once you get it cut and arranged on a tray it's fancy enough for your most elegant party. Crust: 1/2 cup butter 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup confectioners' sugarFilling: 2 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour… Continue reading Lemon Squares

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Cookie Jar Gingersnaps

  Packed full of holiday spices, there's no mistaking the flavor of this spicy gingerbread treat. These cookies can be rolled and cut into gingerbread men or made into traditional soft and chewy rounds. 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 T. ground ginger 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 3/4… Continue reading Cookie Jar Gingersnaps

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Mrs. Germack’s Pecan Delights

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

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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

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

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Mocha-Chocolate Frosted Drops

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

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Mexican Wedding Cookies

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

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Peppermint Twist Kiss 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

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The Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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.

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Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

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

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Brownies: Like Those Your Mother Made in the 1960’s

I don't know what happened to brownies. I don't know when Betty Crocker and all of the other makers of brownie mixes decided that brownies had to be loaded with "stuff." I don't want "stuff" in my brownies. Nuts, yeah, okay. I'll go for some nuts. But sweet colored candies, toffee chips, chocolate chunks, and… Continue reading Brownies: Like Those Your Mother Made in the 1960’s