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Vote for Your Favorite Cookie Recipe!

Posted by Ali on December 16 at 02:11 pm

On Thursday, we asked everyone to submit their favorite cookie recipe. We received 16 awesome recipes — they are all listed below. You can read the full recipes right below the survey to decide which ones are your favorite.

Now it’s time to vote for the recipes you think sound the best. Choose your 3 favorites below. We’ll tally all the votes on Friday and Riki (the baking genius of the Lima team) will bake the top 5 recipes. She’s going to bring them in on Monday (12/22) and the entire Lima team is going to do a taste test.

We’ll announce the winners on Monday afternoon!

Thanks to everyone that submitted a recipe, these all look so delicious. I’m sure we’ll be making them all at some point :)

Yummy Crunchy Cookies!

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 250 grams butter
  • 2 cups rolled oats

oven temp. 180 C. for 30 minutes

Mix flour, sugar, coconut and baking powder.

Melt butter and mix honey through.

Spoon butter mixture through flour mixture.

Have a tray with baking paper ready

Mix in rolled oats

Make small balls of mixture and put on baking paper and put in oven.


They are gooey when warm but satisfyingly crunchy when cooled! 

Now be warned!I have to bake them when the husband is out and then hide them. I have to defend them with my life! Generally before I have time to share them with friends they have vanished.

Oh and keep checking them in oven as one of my ovens needs the 30 minutes but the other only needs 25 minutes…

Ginger’s Chocolate Almond Butter Balls

This recipe is from Pillsbury’s Best Butter Cookie Cookbook, Volume II (20cents) circa 1950’s

  • Melt 4 squares Bakers semi sweet chocolate
  • Cream 3/4 cup butter and
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Melted chocolate
  • Add 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Stir in 1/2 cup blanched almonds, chopped

Shape into 1 inch balls.

Roll in sugar


These cookies do not spread. Can place close together.

Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes

Makes 3 ½ dozen cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

recipe from Betty Crocker

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • Raspberry jelly

1. Heat oven to 350ºF.

2. Mix brown sugar, shortening, butter, vanilla and egg yolk in medium bowl. Stir in flour and salt until dough holds together.

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Beat egg white slightly. Dip each ball into egg white. Roll in nuts. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb deeply in center of each.

4. Bake about 10 minutes or until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Fill thumbprints with jelly. 

My mom makes these for me every year for Christmas. All my friends and family know that under no circumstances will I share, lol.


Recipe from House on the Hill website(with my slight modifications)

  • 3/4 cup softened butter, preferably unsalted
  • 2 cups brown sugar (spooned, not packed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, cloves, ginger, cardamon, and nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa
  • grated rind of one orange
  • 3 cups flour
  • 4-6 tablespoons milk
  • shaved or sliced almonds for undersides and milk for tops

Cream butter and brown sugar together; add egg, almonds, then salt and flavor ingredients, and finally work in flour. Add 4-6 tablespoons milk to make a stiff dough. Refrigerate 30-60 minutes. Roll, print and cut out as in general directions, or if you have Speculaas molds – prepare by spraying with non-stick spray or oiling and wiping off excess (done once for the whole batch).

Flour molds (for every use), knocking out excess. Press dough into mold, then cut excess dough off flush with back of mold with a wire or knife. Unmold carefully onto greased or parchment-lined baking sheet which is sprinkled with the shaved almonds. Brush with milk. No drying is needed before baking.

Bake at 350 degress for 10-12 minutes. Yield 30-90 cookies depending on size.

I made these for the first time last weekend and they were amazing. I took them to an event and everyone was thrilled with them! I’ve attached a photo that I took after they were done. It was really fun using the mold…challenging, but fun.

Turkey Balls

“A buzz in every bite”

  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 C Wild Turkey
  • 2 Tbs. light corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 C crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 C chopped pecans

Mix in a large bowl and roll in 1″ balls. Roll the balls in more powdered sugar and voila! No baking!

Ann Giza Knapp’s Kolachys

  • 1 8-oz package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 lb Butter
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Jam (Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry or Apricot work well)

Combine the cream cheese and butter with the egg yolks. Mix in the flour to form a dough. You can cut them together with a biscuit cutter or pulse in a food processor. Chill overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into squares. Alternatively, you can make 1-inch diameter balls and flatten them. Place on cookie tray. Make an indentation in each cookie. Place a dollop of jam in the indentation.

Bake for 35 minutes or until cookie is light golden (about the color of amber).

The recipe for these cookies came from Poland with my maternal grandmother. In fact the original says to cut the flour into the butter/cream cheese. However, I modernized it to use a food processor. 

They are a family favorite. In fact, my brother says that it’s not Christmas until my package of Kolachys arrives in the mail.

Elf Keepers

(Santa’s elves work tirelessly for just one of these yummy bars!)

  • 1 (14 oz.) package caramels
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 (18 oz.) caramel cake mix (Duncan Hines is best)
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups walnut halves or pieces

Cook caramels and 1/3 cup evaporated milk over low heat until caramels melt, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside.

Combine remaining 1/3 of evaporated milk, cake mix, melted butter, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir just until blended. Spread half of dough into lightly greased 9” square pan. (Remaining dough will stiffen as it sits.) Bake at 350 degrees for 10 min. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 min.

Pour caramel mixture over brownie layer in pan. Sprinkle with walnuts.

Divide remaining half of dough into 6 portions. Shape each portion into a 4” circle. Place circles over walnuts in pan, overlapping slightly. (Dough will spread during baking.) 

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cover and chill thoroughly before cutting. Makes 15 brownies.

Exquisite Chocolate Mint Sticks

  • 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
  • ½ cup flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8” or 9” square pan. In double boiler, combine chocolate and butter. Heat over hot but not boiling water until melted and smooth, stirring occasionally. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, melted chocolate mixture and peppermint extract. Add flour and salt, beating until blended. Stir in walnuts. Spread in greased pan. Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until set. Do not overbake. Cool in pan. Prepare Mint Frosting (recipe follows). Spread top of cooled brownies with frosting. Refrigerate until frosting is firm. Prepare Chocolate Glaze (recipe follows). Drizzle over frosting – tilt pan until glaze covers surface. Refrigerate 10 minutes, then cut into 2”x 1” sticks. Store in refrigerator. Makes about 32 cookies.

Mint Frosting

  • 3 Tbsp. butter, room temp.
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ to 2 Tbsp. milk or cream
  • 1 ¼ tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 – 3 drops green food coloring

In medium bowl, beat together butter, powdered sugar, milk and extract until smooth and fluffy. stir in food coloring.

Chocolate Glaze

  • 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 Tbsp. butter

In top of a double boiler, combine chocolate and butter. Heat until melted and smooth, stirring occasionally.

Cream Cheese Dainties

  • 350* Yield 4 dozen
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 3OZ cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla flavoring
  • 1 tsp almond flavoring
  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1 1/2 cup crushed rice
  • cereal (rice crispies)
  • Red & green candied
  • cherries

Cream margarine, cheese

cheese & sugar well. Add flavorings, mix well.

Add flour, small amount at5 a time.

Chill 1-2 hours.

Shape into 1 inch diameter balls, roll in

crushed cereal. Place on

ungreased cookie sheet.

Press a cherry down into center of cookie.

Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes.

Cool completely.

These are favorites with my family during Christmas holidays. My grandson likes to help, especially rolling the dough into balls & ’smashing’ the cherries into the ball!!

No-Bake Fudgy Cookies (formerly Thompson Cookies)

  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 1/4 lb margarine (do not substitute with butter spreads)
  • 1/3 Cup cocoa
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup peanut butter
  • 4 cups wheaties or other breakfast cereal OR
  • 3 cups, if oats (not instant oatmeal)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

To prepare the setting pan, place wax paper on top of open newspaper to the size of approximately 20” long. A different option is to place the wax paper on a couple of cookie sheets, but when the newspaper is used, there is nothing to clean.

Put first four ingredients in a 3 qt. sauce pan. While stirring constantly, on medium low heat, mix the ingredients and melt the margarine. Raise the heat to medium high and bring to boil. Lower the heat to medium; Boil for 1 to 4 minutes, without stirring, until it reaches pre-softball stage, described as follows: When 1 tsp of mix is placed in a cup of cold water, then lifted with your fingers, the mix will form a heavy strand but not yet a soft ball.

Remove from heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla. After mixed, add the cereal. (I always use oats.) Mix thoroughly. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper in the shape of cookies. Allow to set. Store in air tight container.

These scrumptious cookies have a long history in our family. I changed the name because the original name, Thompson, was not descriptive of the creamy, fudgy texture of these cookies. It all began when we were rambunctious, loud teenagers and Nancy Thompson’s mother would make these cookies to quiet us down. It worked because we would quietly nibble them while watching The Monkees or Get Smart. Could not talk with those luscious cookies in our mouths. 

Cut to 50 thousand or so years later… Today as an adult with adult children of my own, over the years and for many events, I had often made them. Sadly, four years ago, our 19 year old son passed on to a better world and I have not baked anything or celebrated any holiday since that time. This year something changed. I started feeling more fortunate and thankful for the family and love that I do have and felt like baking again. What did I make? You guessed it. Both my husband and adult son are most happy that I chose these cookies… I cannot keep them in the house very long, but I found they last longer if I hide some for myself or if I doubled the recipe, another day longer could pass before hearing, “Can we have Thompson cookies for dinner tonight?” We all love them! These are truly a special comfort food.

But, why are they disappearing so fast?

Ginger Snaps (from the Ginger people)

My husband says that these are addictive. The pieces of candied ginger add an extra spicy hot taste. I like the heat of the ginger so I use more than the original recipe.

  • 3/4 butter
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 1/4 c dark molasses (can increase to 1/2c)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c flour
  • 1/2 tea ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 tea ground ginger (you can use 1/2 tea if you prefer)
  • 1 tea ground cinnamon
  • 2 tea baking soda
  • 1/2 tea salt
  • 3 1/2 oz crystallized ginger chips (minced)

Cream butter and sugar; add egg continue mixing; mix dry ingredients together and add to wet; mix well together and then add ginger chips.

Refrigerate dough for 1 hour then put rounded teaspoons of dough on pan and bake.

(If you have a Splat mat it will prevent the bottoms from burning.)

Bake @ 375 8-10 minutes makes 3 dozen These are best after cooling and getting crunchier. Dough also freezes well.

Monster Cookies

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 tablespoon light Karo syrup
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 12 oz. crunchy peanut butter
  • 4 and 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 4 oz. chocolate chips
  • 4 oz. plain m & m’s

Mix first 7 ingredients together then add peanut butter,oats,choc. chips and m&m’s.

Bake @ 350,bake til gooey about 8 to 10 mins.

I baked these cookies for my husband’s football team he coaches and they lasted about 4 seconds. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lemon Almond Shortbread

These are my favorite cookies. They are good with cold milk, hot coffee or even red wine. Also, because the cookie logs can be frozen, you can keep one in the freezer for cookie emergencies!

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/4 lb) unsalted butter
  • 3/8 cup granulated sugar

1. Grind almonds, lemon peel and 1/4 cup flour (I use a blender) until nuts are finely ground.

2. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add nut mixture, then stir in remaining flour, cornstarch and salt.

3. Form into two 1 to 1 1/2 inch diameter logs, wrap in waxed paper or clingwrap and refrigerate until firm enough to slice, about 2 hours. (You can also freeze at this point. If well-wrapped, the frozen logs will keep about a year.)

4. Preheat oven to 350 F. Cut chilled or frozen log into 1/3 inch slices, place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake approximately 20 minutes.

Gluten-free version:

Replace the flour with 3/4 cup rice flour plus 4 tablespoons potato flour.

Pistachio-Rosewater Cookies

From the book Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Total Time 35 minutes

Yield 32 cookies


Pretty as a picture, these delectable disks are studded with jadelike pistachio nuts and are delicately scented with rosewater. Lime juice and zest add a little citrus kick. A perfect end to your Persian feast, or even just some Middle Eastern takeout.


  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 3 Tbsp. rice or soy milk
  • 1 Tbsp. rosewater
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lime zest
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two cookie sheets with vegan shortening or margarine.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, rice or soy milk, rosewater, vanilla, lime juice, and zest. Add the cornstarch and whisk until dissolved. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and cardamom. Mix well.

3. Roll the dough into balls about 2 teaspoons in size (a bit smaller than a walnut) and dip the tops into the chopped pistachios. Press down with two fingers; the dough will flatten a bit and the pistachios will collect on the bottom.

4. Place the cookies, nut side up, about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. You should be able to fit 16 on a standard baking sheet. Bake for 13 minutes; they will be soft but will firm up as they cool.

5. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheets for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely before serving.


You can replace the pistachios with almonds. The easiest way to chop them is by pulsing them in a food processor several times.

This content is from the book Veganomicon by Isa Chandra

Chewy and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

How do I do this you ask? Butter and lots of it.  

I used to be crazy for Martha Stewart when I was in college, once I graduated and entered the real world I realized that there wasn’t enough time in the day to be as perfect as Martha.

This recipe however is delicious and relatively easy, but make sure the eat these cookies within a few days, they will start to lose their chewiness.

This recipe will make approx. 30 4″ cookies

I prefer to use organic free range ingredients wherever/whenever possible and I typically use sea salt rather than standard table salt. It’s up to you whether you feel comfortable crossing Martha Stewart 

Also depending on the time of year a few dashes of All Spice makes the cookies extra special.

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I recommend Godiva chips)

Preheat Oven to 375°

Combine flour, salt & baking soda in bowl and set aside.

Beat butter in a electric mixer until smooth. Add sugars and beat until well mixed and fluffy.

Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well mixed, but don’t over do it. Add in the flour mixture from earlier until well mixed.

Now you can add the chips – mmm! (you might want to buy an extra bag of chips because if you’re anything like me I get a handful and the cookies get a handful)

Place golf ball size lumps of dough on a non stick cookie sheet about 3 or more inches apart. Once the cookies start to bake they really spread out.

Bake for 8 minutes, rotate your cookie sheet after 4 minutes.

Your cookies should come out golden brown and super thin with a chewy center and crunchy edge.

Oreo Truffles or Carolina Snowballs

  • 1 pkg. Oreo cookies, finely ground (you can use double stuff, regular, or peanut butter)
  • 1 – 8 oz. pkg. softened cream cheese
  • 1 pkg. White or Milk Chocolate baking Chips

Microwave the Cream Cheese for 15-20 seconds until soft. Blend crushed Oreos and Cream Cheese together well with fork. Place in fridge for one hour.

Roll into bite sized balls then dip into melted chocolate and cool on wax paper.

If you’d like, decorate with colored sugar or drizzle with left over chocolate.

The center of these truffles looks almost exactly like mud, hence the name: Carolina Snowballs.

Read the comments (or add your own)

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    Wezie the Bead Freak says:

    Those lemon shortbread coookies sure sound good to me. Merry Christmas!

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    J hall says:

    I haven’t seen a recipe for Monster Cookies since I visited a kibbutz called Yiftah back in the 80′s.A girl called Alison sent home for the recipe, which was delicious.

  3. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I was about to try the yummy-sounding Ginger Snaps — HELP! is it 3/4 CUP or 3/4 POUND butter? Thanks!

  4. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    3/4 cup. thats 1 stick plus a half a stick of butter. if you don’t have the pre-minced candied ginger, just chop some other type of canndied ginger really fine. Or not depending on how much spice you like.

  5. Gayle L elegance6com
    Gayle L elegance6com says:

    Congrats Bonnie R. on your ginger cookie win! …and you too, Eeka Mouse, for your lemon shortbread. They both sound great, but the one that was irrestible for me to try was the Elf Keepers by cHim-Prints. They are delicious. I will take those to our family christmas gathering.
    I thought we would see the results of the top 5. Who were they?
    How did the No-bake fudgy cookies come out? Did you bake them and did they “set” okay?
    The contest was fun! Let’s do it again.

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    T S says:

    The Monster Cookies — are these bar cookies or drop cookies or roll-in-ball cookies? What is the expected yield?

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