Easy Snickerdoodles (as well as a Traditional Recipe)

easy snickerdoodles

In my quest for the best Snickerdoodle cookie it was the recipe from the Milk & Cookies Cookbook by Tina Casaceli that was the clear winner! Great taste and great texture. (Everything in this bakery owner’s cookbook has been stellar!).

The third time I made them I was in a hurry and decided to forgo the roll of the cookie balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture and instead included the mixture in the recipe instead; eliminating that last step. Well, I also streamlined a lot of the recipe.  I’ll be darned if it wasn’t still a GREAT cookie!

So below I give you two choices: the traditional Snickerdoodle recipe and my easy Snickerdoodles!

Okay – now for my EASY version!

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies with Maple Glaze

maple syrup dessert recipes

Maple flavor is, to me, one of the hallmarks of fall.  So when I came across this recipe from Family Circle magazine for SOFT maple cookies I was excited.  I love soft sugar cookies and add some maple syrup to the cookie and the glaze, well, its just darn *FABULOUS*!

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Family Circle.

Best New York Black and White Cookies

best black & white cookie

Perhaps my all-time favorite cookie is a New York Black and White Cookie.  It’s a cakey cookie topped with delicious white and chocolate glaze.  I thought I was making the BEST black and whtie cookies until Danielle at Hugs&CookiesXOXO shared her pics and recipes.  These are simply divine!  Thank you Danielle!

black & whites cookies ny

Chocolate Dipped Nutter Butter Cookies

nutter butter cookies

I love taking a store bought product (that is already delicious) and ‘fancy-ing’ it up a bit.  Of course famous nutter butter cookies are great on their own but once you dip them in chocolate, there’s no going back!  My chocolate dip is a mixture of cream, corn syrup (just a tiny bit) and chocolate for a shiny look and decadent taste.

 

 

Best Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies!

chocolate mint cookie recipe from scratch

Introducing what I think are the best chocolate mint chip cookies. It’s another great recipe out of my favorite cookie cookbook, Milk & Cookies: 89 Heirloom Recipes from New York’s Milk  Cookie Bakery.  Every recipe I’ve tried  from this book has been absolutely *delicious*!

But now let’s talk about these mint chip cookies surrounded by a rich chocolate base.  Everything up to the chocolate chips is part of a ‘dark chocolate base dough’ to which your choice of ingredients can be added.  In this case, I added a 12 oz. bag of mint chips and a bit of peppermint extract.  My next go at it will be with peanut butter chips!

chocolate cookies with mint

Best Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies (IMHO)

peanut butter cookies with chips

Today I have another fabulous recipe from my favorite cookie cookbook* for you.  We will start off with the bakery’s base cookie dough, which in my opinion is the best peanut butter cookie recipe I’ve come across.  One that you will use over and over again.  And to it we we’ll add chopped salted peanuts and chocolate chips.  And we’ll put a Dove chocolate candy right in the middle!

how to make peanut butter cookies (1)

* Milk & Cookies: 89 Heirloom recipes from New York’s Milk & Cookies Bakery.  I purchased my copy from Amazon.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

cookies with pretzels

Although Taste of Home magazine calls these Loaded-Up Cookies, I like the name “Kitchen Sink Cookies”.  I don’t think the name really matters though based on watching how fast our neighborhood kids gobbled these up!  They are salty, sweet, chewy – just all around delicious! I modified the recipe just slightly.

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Taste Of Home.com

Best Oatmeal Raison Cookies

how to make oatmeal cookies

Ever since I discovered recipes from the Milk & Cookies Bakery cookbook, I’ve been on a ‘best of’ series.  I truly think their cookie recipes are the best in kind!  Like these oatmeal raisin cookies.  The bakery’s owner, Tina Cascelli’s, shares this incredible recipe for oatmeal cookie dough (to which I’ve added 2 cups of raisins) so that you, too, can learn how to make oatmeal cookies extraordinaire!

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever (INHO)

best chocolate chip cookies in the world

Once again I am using a (slightly modified) recipe from my favorite cookie cookbook* to make, in my humble opinion, the best chocolate chip cookies ever!

What makes it so special?

  • First is the ground oatmeal in the cookie dough.  Gives great flavor and texture, making this a chewy chocolate chip cookie.
  • Second is the combination of white and brown sugar.  Once again, an important part of the flavor and texture.
  • Finally, the 1 1/2 Tablespoons of pure vanilla extract – what a difference this makes!

And I end with a warning – these cookies are addictive!

best chewy chocolate chip cookie

*Milk & Cookies: 89 Heirloom Recipes from New York’s Milk and Cookies Bakery by Tina Casaceli & Jacque Torres

Sugar Cookie DIY

Did you know today is National Sugar Cookie Day?  I know sugar cookies seem more appropriate for fall and winter holidays, BUT..honestly.. isn’t any time a good time for sugar cookies?? I have some great recipes and ideas for using sugar cookies in your next summer party!

Martha Stewart has a simple yummy sugar cookie recipe HERE:

sugar-cookies1

 

My favorite sugar cookie designer and DIY’er is Sweet Sugar Belle.  Check out one of her recent posts on decorating sugar cookies.  You’ll want to check out her site – great cookies and tutorials!

Cookies-and-Milk-Cookies-Close-Up

From Kawaii Sweet World, a fun DIY youtube tutorial on making Watermelon Sugar cookies:

 

And from Intimate Weddings, a great post on making sugar cookies as wedding favors!

valentinescookies3sharp