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Updated on October 19, 2014
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Growing up in North Louisiana and now living in the southern part, Yvonne has many great country, Cajun and New Orleans recipes to share.

Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodles, Sugar Cookies, Tiny Fudge Tarts and Cinnamon Nut Slices Recipes

Some of the best times I can remember were spent in the kitchen with my Mom, baking cookies. With our rush and hurry world of today, so many of the old family recipes have not been passed down as they were in times past.



This page features easy cookie recipes that I learned at my mother's knee and also ones that I discovered when I began to explore the world of baking. You'll find a variety of recipes for Snickerdoodles, Chocolate Chip, Sugar Cookies, Tiny Fudge Tarts, and Cinnamon Nut Slices here that are great for Christmas or anytime.

We hope you enjoy baking and eating these cookies.

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Baking Cookies

When I was working on my "Baking" project in 4-H, one of the first things that I learned how to bake was cookies. I love cookies. My husband loves cookies (a lot) so I have many recipes for a number of different kinds that I'll share with you right now. We'll start with our personal favorites: Snickerdoodles, Chocolate Chip and Sugar Cookies.

These cookie recipes also make nice gifts for the holidays. Everyone loves these three kinds and you can get the cutest holiday cookie cutters and use colored sugar to make the sugar cookies an outstanding decorative treat.

I have also added an old recipe for Tiny Fudge Tarts. This melt in your mouth, chocolate delight is absolutely delicious. It's a little more difficult than the others, but not too hard to make. I made them often when I was in high school. Hope you enjoy.

Another favorite recipe, Cinnamon Nut Slices, is an easy to make type of refrigerator cookie. It stores well, so it's good for holiday giving. Just be sure that you hide the dough well when it's in the refrigerator or it will be all gone when it's time to bake the cookies.

Christmas Songs on MP3 to Bake By

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Just Hand Me Cookies on Zazzle

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Sometimes I feel this way... especially about chocolate chip!

Original Snickerdoodles Recipe

My husband's favorite cookies are Snickerdoodles. Some people call them "tea cakes". The original recipe I use came from an old copy of Betty Crocker's Cooky Book. I have also included a variation of the original recipe that I developed, which is quicker to make.


  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: 6 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of shortening (part butter or margarine)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups Gold Medal Flour
  • 2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (mod. hot). Mix shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and eggs thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. Blend flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt; stir in. Shape dough in 1 inch balls. Roll in mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. These cookies puff up at first, then flatten out. Makes 6 dozen cookies.
  2. My Snickerdoodles Variation
  3. This bar cookie style recipe is a little healthier, chewier and quicker and easier to make.
  4. 1/2 cup of Canola Oil
  5. 1/2 cup of butter (softened)
  6. 1 1/2 cups raw sugar
  7. 2 eggs (free roam)
  8. 3 cups unbleached Flour
  9. 2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  10. 1 teaspoon soda
  11. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  12. 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  13. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  14. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (mod. hot). Mix shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and eggs thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method. Blend flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt; stir in. Sprinkle half of 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon mixture into the bottom of 2 ungreased 7 X 11 inch cake pans. Press half of the cookie dough into each pan and sprinkle with the rest of the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cut into squares when they have cooled 5-10 minutes.
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Making Snickerdoodles Vid

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Book

The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook: Recipes from the Classic Cookie to Mocha Chip Meringue Cake
The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook: Recipes from the Classic Cookie to Mocha Chip Meringue Cake

Chocolate Chips Cookies and More Chocolate Chip Cookies, what more could you ask for in a recipe book?

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies - Toll House and Regular

Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of my favorite cookies to make. I have a couple of recipes that are really good. We like our cookies hot and chewy with a glass of milk.

Original Toll House Cookies

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: 100 2" Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup softened butter or shortening
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 2 eggs
  • a 12 ounce package (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and set aside. Combine softened butter or shortening, granulated and brown sugar, vanilla and water and beat until creamy. Beat in 2 eggs. Add flour mixture and mix well. Stir in the package of semi-sweet chocolate morsels and chopped nuts. Drop by well rounded half teaspoon-fulls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Recipe makes 100 2 inch cookies.
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. Makes 4-5 dozen (depending on how much raw dough you eat)
  4. 2/3 cup shortening (part butter or margarine if desired)
  5. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  6. 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  9. 1 1/2 cup flour (For a softer, rounder cookie, add 1/4 cup more flour.)
  10. 1/2 teaspoon soda
  11. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  12. 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  13. 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  14. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix shortening (part butter), sugars, egg and vanilla thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. Stir dry ingredients together and blend in well with wet mixture. Mix in chopped nuts and chocolate pieces. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until delicately browned. Cookies should still be soft. Cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet.

Christmas Cookie Book for the Family

FamilyFun's Cookies for Christmas: 50 recipes for You and Your Kids
FamilyFun's Cookies for Christmas: 50 recipes for You and Your Kids

Making cookies is fun for the whole family and here's a book that will give you plenty of ideas and recipes.

 

Ethel's Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sugar cookies are fun to make around the holidays and there are so many darling cookie cutter shapes that can be used. Here's an old recipe from the Betty Crocker's Cooky Book that always comes out well and tastes great.

First here are some pointers from the book about how to make Perfect Rolled Cookies.

Mix dough as directed. Using part of dough and keeping rest chilled, lightly roll dough to desired thickness; the thinner you roll, the crisper the cookies. Rub flour into rolling pin cover and cloth to prevent sticking.

To cut: dip cooky cutter in flour, shake off excess, cut with steady pressure. Cut as many cookies from each rolling as possible. Cut diamonds or squares with knife. Carefully lift cut-out cookies to baking sheet with spatula. Bake.

Perfect rolled cookies have:

  ~ uniform shape of cutter

  ~ lightly browned surface

  ~ crisp texture or soft texture, depending on thickness

  ~ rich, delicate flavor

Ethel's Sugar Cookies

A time-tested family favorite...made with granulated sugar.

  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
  • Yields: 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon flavoring or 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Gold Medal Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Mix shortening, sugar, eggs, and flavoring thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. Stir flour, baking powder, and salt together; blend in. Chill at least 1 hour.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (mod. hot). Roll dough 1/8 inch think on lightly floured board. Cut with 3 inch cooky cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes, or until cookies are a delicate golden color. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
  3. Note: DO NOT use Self-Rising Flour in this recipe.

Making Sugar Cookies Vid

Cookie Cutters for Sugar Cookies

You'll need some cute cookie cutters for these cookies. Here are some with Christmas designs and also football for the guys.

Antique Embossed Copper Finish Cookie Jar

This lovely cookie jar would make a wonderful gift. Especially if you filled it with cookies.

Make Cookies Not War T-shirt on Zazzle

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Tiny Fudge Tarts
Tiny Fudge Tarts

Tiny Fudge Tarts

This was my favorite cookie as a teenager and young adult. It is a filled cookie, so it takes a little longer to prepare than some of my other favorites, but the taste is worth the extra effort. It's a pretty little cookie that tucks nicely into tins, so it is perfect for Christmas.

Photo and recipe reference: Betty Crocker's Cooky Book, 1963

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 35 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
  • Yields: Makes 2 1/2 dozen Tarts

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Gold Medal Flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Fudge Filling - Mix the following ingredients thoroughly:
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts or flaked coconut. (We like the nuts.)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. Mix flour and salt; cut in butter. Sprinkle with water and vanilla; mix well with fork. Using q/2 of the dough at a time, roll out 1/16 inch thick on cloth-covered board generously sprinkled with sugar. Cut in 2 1/2 inch squares. Spread 1 level teaspoon Filling in center of each square. Bring corners to center; seal together. Place sealed side up or down on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen tarts.

Betty Crocker Cookie Book

Cinnamon Nut Slices - Refrigerator Cookies

These Cinnamon Nut Slices are one of the many variations of refrigerator cookies. Cinnamon and nuts (especially almonds) are good fat reducers, so you need not feel guilty about eating these cookies. They also store well, which makes them perfect to add to tins for holiday gifts.

  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 6 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 eggs (We use free roam)
  • 2 3/4 cups All-purpose Flour (We use unbleached)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (we like pecans or walnuts)

Instructions

  1. Mix shortening, sugars, eggs and vanilla thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method and blend dry ingredients together. Mix into shortening mixture. Mix thoroughly with hands. Press and mold into a long, smooth roll about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper and chill several hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut dough rolls into thin slices (1/8 to 1/16 inch thick). Place a little apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. Makes about 6 dozen 2 1/2" cookies.

Presidential Cookies Video

Special Needs Cookie Books

Here are some cookie books for diabetics and those who need heart healthy recipes.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Great ideas! Always love new recipes.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Great ideas! Always love new recipes.

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      psiloveyou1 6 years ago

      Fun lens...I'm trying to get in mood to make cookies this weekend!

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      SalmonRecipes 6 years ago

      great recipe.

      see these Salmon Recipes too.

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      cookier 6 years ago

      Nice, can't wait to bake Christmas cookies, always a fun time.

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      These look really great. Blessed by a travelling angel.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      There is no way I'm waiting until Christmas to make your Snickerdoodles. They're going to be sitting in my snack tin by next weekend.

      Yummy lens. Thank you!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      There is absolutely nothing more fun and rewarding than baking cookies with our moms and then our own children. I love those wonderful memories! These are all great recipes! Thanks for sharing them.

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      millermax10 7 years ago

      There's nothing I like more during this holiday than baking cookies and creating a few charity Christmas cards. Some great ideas on here to do just that!

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      These cookies look great. Several I already make, but the cinnamon and nut slices are new to me. I will have to try that one. Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      I simply must find the time to add my recipe for refrigerator cookies. They're tasty and sturdy little cookies that hold up well in tins for gift giving.

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Time to start baking for holiday gift giving! 5* / Angel Blessed

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Great cookie lens!

      I'm adding a link to Using Lists to Lower Holiday Stress.

      Lizzy

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      slotowngal 8 years ago

      Great cookie lens! I just sent my daughter a link. She was asking for my Snickerdoodles recipe (I use the Betty Crocker one), so your lens was perfect. I told her to try the bar cookie variation too, and let me know how she likes it. 5 Stars!

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      Yahoo you are a winner in The Squidoo Home for The Holidays Lens Contest So Go Grab your badge.

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      Babythymes 8 years ago

      What would Christmas be without snickerdoodles? I am baking today and your site has inspired me. Thanks

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      jodijoyous 8 years ago from New York

      Oooh, those look good. The first time I ever had snickerdoodles was at an outdoor concert in Tanglewood, Mass. Someone brought them out in a big, blue Tiffany box! They were sooo yummy.

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      MerryChicky 9 years ago

      omg, those fudge things look amazing!

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      JustMel1 9 years ago

      Awesome cookie lens! Those Tiny Fudge Tarts sound sinful - I'm definitely going to have to try them this year. I'm adding your lens to my Intro on my "YummyChristmasCookies' lens;-)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very nice lens! Lensrolled to "My Favorite Christmas Cookies." 5*s.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I haven't had snickerdoodles in forever. Cookies on one of the great things about Christmas.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      squid-janices7 9 years ago

      Great lens - love the use of instructional videos. 5* and lensrolled you to my Mom's Best Christmas Cookies lens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Delicious cookie recipes! I have been searching for some lens about "Christmas cookie recipes" to put in my new lens "25 Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Christmas". And now i found your lens, i featured it on my new lens so better check it out. Thanks.

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      seedplanter 9 years ago

      Yvonne, I love this lens! It fits in perfectly with a new lens I'm working on for Christmas and I'm linking to it from my Intro module.

      Cookie and cupcake recipes...can't get enough of them. Thanks!

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Awesome work, lensrolling to our chocolate chip cookies lens!

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      This delicious lens is being featured today at www.cabaretsquidoo.com!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      I love to make cookies. I prefer peanutbutter cookies but my son's prefer chocolate chip. Neadless to say, I usually make chocolate chip.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Oh these cookies look so good! I love a big mug of coffee and a Christmas cookie or two or three! Great lens! Recipes look so delish!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Ah, what a delectably delightful and yummy lens. Gotta love snickerdoodles -- almost as much as polka dots! ;)

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      Paula Atwell 9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Nice lens. Welcome to the Comfort Food Group.

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      VBright 9 years ago

      Snickerdoodles are my FAVORITE cookie in the world, followed by Choc. Chip, and Sugar!! GReat lens. Thanks!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      I used to make Snickerdoodles all the time. I'll have to try your recipe. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      rio1 9 years ago

      I liked this lens so much, I think that I've gained 10 lbs. :)