The great American Cookie bake off is upon us. Across the country, ovens are preheating in preparation for the holiday tradition of cookies and sweets of all kinds. Here at Eating Normal, I am a devotee of this moment in the year. There is nothing more meditative than cranking out dozen after dozen of delicious cookies for your own house and others. Plus, when winter comes knocking, there isn’t any better excuse to make cookies than trying to keep the house warm.
I’m not a good enough baker to have my own special recipes for cookies, so instead, I bring to you my favorite cookies from the internet for your consideration when you wake up in the morning and hear your Kitchen Aid calling your name.
Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies from Nestle
I’ve said before that pumpkin is a year round flavor in this house, and this recipe has appeared in more than one Eating Normal article. That doesn’t discount the wonderful flavor and texture the recipe delivers. A big can of pumpkin that didn’t see its end in one pumpkin pie can be used up in this recipe, or you can crack open a little can just for this to make multiple batches. They disappear from my house and my office any time I make them.
Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
I’ve been using this recipe from Allrecipes.com since I first turned the oven on without parental supervision more than fifteen years ago. My only substitution is that I prefer creamy peanut butter over the crunchy that is called for in the recipe.
My gingersnap recipe is from my husband’s late grandmother, so I don’t feel like I’m at liberty to share it. However, I found a similar recipe on allrecipes.com again that you can try for yourself. I always wind up coming out of it with a pillowy interior and a lot less snap than Bubba’s cookies that she always had made for Rob when we saw her, but they’re close enough to be comforting to him this time of year.
Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
The iconic back of the bag chocolate chip cookies from childhood will never stop being iconic. Epicurious hosts the recipe I remember at the moment, and it's never failed me. When its cold-- and a bag of chocolate chips is around-- its the greatest comfort.
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