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I love coconut and chocolate candy bars, do you know of any cookie recipes that combine the two flavors?

Chocolate-Coconut Macaroon Cups Are A Heavenly Delight For The Holidays

For chocolate and coconut lovers, the chocolate-coconut macaroon cups are the most delicious choice on the holiday platter. Once you have read through the entire cookie recipe, gather the ingredients and necessary cookie baking tools into one area. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

The ingredients for the Chocolate-Coconut Macaroon cups includes:

Non-stick cooking spray

2 large egg whites

¼ cup sugar

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon salt

7 ounces sweetened shredded coconut

all-purpose flour for the spoon

½ cup almonds

Initially you had to determine which size non-stick muffin tin you would be using to bake your cookies. When you have decided, spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix the egg whites, sugar, and cocoa powder and salt until it is frothy and well blended. Using a fork, stir in the coconut until well coated.

Fill each muffin tin equally, carefully spooning in the mixture and pressing down gently with spoon dipped into flour. Sprinkle with almonds and press down gently to adhere to the cookie dough.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until almonds are golden; allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes in the muffin tin. Run a spatula or knife around the muffins before attempting to remove from the muffin tin. Turn cookies onto a wire cookie rack, allowing them to cool completely. These cookies can be stored in an airtight container, at room temperature for up to three days.

I would like to try a different type of sugar cookie recipe, is there any recipe that is slightly different than the traditional holiday version?

Brown Sugar Spice Cookie Recipe Offers A Tasty Spin On The Traditional Sugar Cookie

Brown sugar spice cookies are a delightful alternative to the standard sugar cookies recipe. The brown dough lends itself perfectly to autumn shaped cookie cutters like maple leaves or pumpkins. The recipe is very easy to make, yielding approximately 6 dozen cookies from one batch.

Prior to beginning any baking project, make sure to gather your entire cookie baking supplies and the ingredients into one area. This step helps to eliminate any unnecessary trips to the market halfway through the preparation of the cookie dough.

Since this is a cookie recipe that requires a lengthy amount of time in the refrigerator to chill, approximately 2 hours, do not turn on the oven to preheat it until closer to the time that you will be rolling out the cookies and cutting them into shapes.

The recipe includes the following ingredients:

1 ½ cups softened butter

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 egg

4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1-teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon ground cloves

1/4-teaspoon baking soda

To prepare this cookie recipe you will need two bowls, one large and one medium. You will also need an electric mixer, spatula, cookie baking sheet, parchment paper, scrapers, spatula and a wire cookie cooling rack. Quality mixing cups and spoons are best for measuring the ingredients as they will hold their shape longer and withstand the intense use over the years.

Begin with the small bowl and cream the butter and brown sugar together, adding the egg slowly. Beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

In a larger bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and baking soda. Mix until well blended and then combine with creamed mixture. Mix well.

Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Chill until firm, approximately 2 hours.

As you remove the brown sugar spice cookie dough from the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out onto a floured surface to 1/8” thick. Use cookie cutters to cut the cookie dough into a variety of shapes and sizes. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned, carefully transfer to a wire cooking rack.

I would like to find an autumn cookie recipe for my child's Autumn Party at school, do you have any suggestions?

Chase Away the Chill of Autumn With a Maple Leaf Cookie Recipe

Nothing brings children to the table like the smell of homemade cookies.

If you love to make cookies for your family, a simple cookie recipe that will enhance the autumn spirit is the “Maple Leaf Cookie”. This petite cookie is a very popular treat at autumn parties, cookie exchange parties and as an after school snack.

This simple cookie recipe takes only a few ingredients, most of which will already be available in the pantry. The list of ingredients includes:

1-cup butter or margarine

2/3-cup sugar

½ cup pure maple syrup or maple flavored syrup

1/3-cup milk

3 ½ cups flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon ground ginger

Use a medium saucepan to combine the butter or margarine, sugar and syrup. Bring these items to boil, making sure that you stir frequently to prevent burning.

Once the ingredients have boiled, remove from heat and allow mixture to cool to room temperature. Add milk to the syrup mixture and stir until well blended.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and ginger. Slowly add the cooled syrup mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix well.

Divide the dough in half and wrap each section tightly in plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator for approximately 2 hours.

After two hours, take the dough out of the refrigerator. Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface until it is about ¼” thick. Cut into shapes, a maple leaf cookie cutter is a great idea. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for 8-10 minutes. Place cookies on a wire cooling rack immediately and brush with Maple Glaze (recipe below). This recipe will make approximately 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

The Maple Glaze is a delicious addition to the Maple Leaf Cookies. To make the Maple Glaze you will need to combine ½ cup of sifted confectioner's sugar with 3 tablespoons of pure or maple flavored syrup.

I would love to make homebaked cookies for my children but I just don't have the time, is there another option?

Buy "Homemade" Cookies

It is possible to fill the house with the wonderful aroma of wholesome homemade cookies, while still keeping all the other life activities in order. Online retail outlets, such as David's cookies, make it possible to make “home baked” cookies for the kids and still have time for every other responsibility that must be done to keep the household on track. David's Cookies provides gourmet frozen cookie dough that is ready to bake when you are. Made with the same quality ingredients you would use in your own home, these delicious cookies provide a welcome alternative to having to purchase store bought cookies or staying up until dawn to make homemade.

David's Cookies can be ordered in three popular varieties; chocolate chip, peanut butter and sugar cookie dough. There is also a fun alternative to the traditional cookie dough, the “Cookie Play Dough” set that includes six pounds of sugar cookie dough in a variety of four different colors; each colored dough can be used individually to make colorful cookies or can be mixed to create personalized color combinations. This is a great art activity to keep in the freezer for those rainy days when the kids are looking for something exciting to chase away their blues.

How do I make homemade Nutter Butters?

Homemade Nutter Butters

Love the taste of Nutter Butters, but hate all the processed chemicals in them? Homemade Nutter Butters are incredibly simple to make at home.


- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 egg yolks
- 2/3 cup all purpose flour

- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 ounce cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Mix together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and vanilla from the cookie ingredient list. Using a mixer on medium speed, slowly add the egg yolks one at a time. In a separate bowl, mix together the baking soda, flour, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture with the mixer still on medium speed. Blend until completely incorporated.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Carefully roll out the cookie dough flat using a rolling pin. (If it is too soft, place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to stiffen it up before rolling out.) Use a small cookie cutter to cut out the circles. Bake the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet for 10 - 12 minutes. Cool completely.

Combine all filling ingredients. Place in a piping bag. Add filling on one side of one peanut butter cookie. Add a second cookie to create the "sandwich" and repeat with all remaining cookies.

How do I make homemade Oreos?

Homemade Oreos

Love the taste of Oreos, but hate all the processed chemicals found in them? Make your own at home! This simple recipe is great for bake sales, picnics, family gatherings, and more.


- 1 package Devil's Food cake mix
- 1 1/2 cups shortening
- 4 eggs

- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 4 cups powdered sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Blend the cake mix, eggs, and shortening together. Create marble sized balls of the dough mixture and bake them on a cookie sheet for seven to ten minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Soften the cream cheese to room temperature. Mix together all of the frosting ingredients, making sure each is incorporated well. Spread the frosting on one cookie and add a second cookie, making the "Oreo" style sandwich we all know and love.

How do I make Snickerdoodles?

The Easiest Classic Snickerdoodles

One of the most beloved cookie recipes of all-time is that of the classic Snickerdoodle. This easy recipe is perfect for those who love the warm and cozy taste of cinnamon and vanilla.

However, Snickerdoodles are not as complicated as they seem. Here's a tip how to quickly create the easiest classic Snickerdoodles.

First, create your favorite sugar cookie dough. (Or buy the kind in the tube, if that's what you like. It doesn't really matter.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix one part cinnamon to one part granulated sugar. Roll the dough into bite sized balls and coat in the cinnamon sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Insert the cookie sheet into the oven. Turn down the temperature to 325 degrees. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the Snickerdoodles to continue to "bake" on the cookie sheet for another five to seven minutes. Remove the cookies from the pan and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack. Enjoy!

How do I make gluten free peanut butter cookies?

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

For those who are baking cookies that are gluten-free, as well as dairy-free and grain-free, this version of the classic peanut butter cookie offers a protein rich solution. You can also make the dough ahead of time, freeze it into a tube shape and cut 1/4 inch slices when you are ready to bake.


1 cup all-natural peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
1 cup raw sugar*, such as turbinado or demerara
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
Optional: 1/2 cup each of chocolate, nuts, and/or dried fruit**


Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Beat the egg in a medium size bowl. Mix in the sugar and baking powder until fully coated in the egg. Add the peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix well. Fold in any additional ingredients, such as chocolate, nuts, and/or fruit, if desired (see below).

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or a silicone mat. Use a tablespoon measuring tool to scoop out 1 tablespoon of cookie dough for each cookie. Space the cookies 2 inches apart on the lined baking sheet. Using a fork, press each cookie to flatten to 1/4 inch thickness; press the cookies two times each in a crosshatch pattern.

Bake for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes or until they become firm. Transfer the cookies using a spatula to a metal baking rack so they can cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

*You can substitute white sugar, but raw sugar has a higher molasses content for a richer flavored cookie.

**You can add any combination of these gluten-free ingredients to dress up this peanut butter cookie:
1/2 cup dark, white or semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup chopped peanuts, diced walnuts or slivered almonds
1/2 cup diced, dried fruits including apples, cherries or bananas

I would love to find a traditional ginerbread recipe but I am having a difficult time locating one, do you have any suggestions?

Nothing Says Christmas Like Gingerbread Men

If there is one scent that says “Christmas,” it is gingerbread cookies baking in the oven. As the holidays draw closer, be sure to make the traditional holiday cookie recipe. This cookie dough recipe, while easy to prepare requires lengthy refrigeration time. Make sure that you allow enough time for chilling prior to the actually cutting and preparing of the dough.

The traditional gingerbread cookie recipe includes:

1-cup butter

1-cup sugar

½ cup dark corn syrup

1-teaspoon cinnamon

1-teaspoon nutmeg

1-teaspoon cloves

1-teaspoon ginger

2 eggs well beaten

1-teaspoon vinegar

5 cups flour

1-teaspoon baking soda

In a small saucepan, begin by creaming the butter with the sugar. Add the corn syrup and spices and blend well; heat all of the ingredients on the stovetop, stirring constantly until boiling. Once the mixture has boiled, remove from heat and let cool.

While the heated mixture is cooling, sift the flour and baking soda into a large bowl. Sifting large amounts of flour can take considerable time; so allowing the mixture to cool while you sift the flour is a great way to multi-task during your baking process.

When the mixture has reached room temperature, add the well-beaten eggs and vinegar to the mixture. Once these ingredients are well blended, begin to add the flour/baking soda combination to the liquid mixture, forming a smooth dough.

This dough must be chilled for several hours or overnight.

When you are ready to begin cutting the cookies, roll onto a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Make sure that the cookies are completely cooled before you begin to decorate.

I love truffles but they are so expensive, is there a quick and easy recipe I could make at home?

A Simple Cookie Recipe That Adds Variety To A Holiday Cookie Platter

If you value the appearance and presentation of your holiday cookie platters, baking simple homemade truffles can provide the variety and visual dimension that you are seeking.

Truffles are often thought of as difficult to make, but with this simple recipe, they are easier than ever. This simple recipe creates delicious homemade truffles that look and taste like the fancy store-bought; surprise all your friend with your baking savvy when you present your homemade cookie platter this holiday season.

The simple recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles includes the following ingredients:

1 package, 8 squares, of semi-sweet baking chocolate

½ cup peanut butter

1 8oz tub of cool whip whipped topping, thawed

½ cup powdered sugar *

Using a large microwave safe bowl, microwave the semi-sweet chocolate on high heat for 2 minutes. Check the chocolate at one minute, stirring, to see if it is almost melted. Allow the chocolate to cook for another minute, removing from the microwave and stirring until completely melted.

Add the ½ cup peanut butter to the melted chocolate until well blended. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, stir in the whipped topping and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Using a melon baler or a teaspoon, scoop the chocolate peanut butter mixture out of the bowl and shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in the powdered sugar.

* While the recipe discusses rolling the peanut butter-chocolate balls in powdered sugar, it is possible to add variety to your truffles by rolling the balls in finely chopped roasted pecans, flake coconut (colored coconut is always a nice idea for holiday color variation), grated semi-sweet or white baking chocolate squares or colored sprinkles. The choices and variations can be endless with a bit of creative thinking.

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