The Cookie Tray - recipes to tantalize your tastebuds

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As I sit here typing with a belly full of turkey, trimmings and pie, I have to admit that the idea of baking cookies is the farthest thing from my mind. Yet I know when I wake up tomorrow my desire to bake (and eat) will be renewed again and as the holiday music fills the air over the next few weeks, I'll be happy to have this list of tasty recipes to look back on. Because even though I can't imagine taking one more bite of food at the moment, these recipes look really darn good.

Chocolate chip cookiesI put together some of the best recipes I could find and broke them down into categories. I think there is likely something here to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth, but if you don't find something you like, please feel free to link to your favorite cookie recipe in the comments. After all, whenever cookies are concerned, the more, the merrier.

If you are like me and have a bunch of pureed pumpkin to use up, you welcome any recipe that involves pumpkin. Did I mention my neighbor dropped off a container full of 13 cups of pumpkin this week? Oh yes, she did. Ordinarily I would welcome such a gift, but when my freezer was already full of pumpkin puree, it forced me to get a little creative. That is why we had chocolate pumpkin cake for my son's birthday earlier in the week, as well as two kinds of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving this evening (and probably pumpkin soup later this week). Luckily for me there is no shortage of good pumpkin cookie recipes out there.

Pumpkin Cookies

  • Mommy Wizdom claims she has a recipe for The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever and told me that anywhere she takes her cookies, people ask her for this recipe.
  • At Green Hour, there's another recipe for kid-friendly Pumpkin Cookies (scroll down to the third recipe), where the kiddos can help "press raisin eyes, a nose, and a smile on each warm cookie."
  • Julie at Persnickety Palate posted one of her childhood favorites, Mom's Pumpkin Cookies. This variation includes almonds and chocolate chips.
  • Last in the pumpkin category is the recipe for the easiest cookies I've ever made. Seriously. This recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cookies (AKA The easiest cookies I've ever made) literally has only two ingredients (though more can be added, but that's totally optional).

Speaking of simple cookie recipes, here are a couple more that even the most inexperienced baker can handle.

Simple Cookie Recipes

  • Jenn from The Green Parent told me this recipe on Twitter. It's so short and easy, she gave me the whole recipe in 140 characters or less, and I quote, "3cups pb, 3 cup sugar, and 3 eggs...mix and bake then press a Hershey's kiss in the top. Yum Yum and soo easy!" And hello, chocolate and peanut butter (which is what the "pb" stands for above) together? In my book that's a combination that can never go wrong.
  • Brandy from Savin Some posted a Cake Mix Cookie recipe that uses white cake mix and just two other ingredients.
  • And at Cindy's Desktop, Cindy confesses, "I cannot cook hard recipes!" Her solution is to only cook easy recipes and she offers up a variety of Cake Mix Cookie recipes.

Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite in my house. I always say that you can add chocolate chips to nearly any recipe and it will only make it better.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • When I first read about Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies on Twitter, I was a little taken aback. Sure, bacon is good and chocolate is good, but combining them? Hmmm. According to Michelle Baker, AKA the Urban Eater, "The salty, crisp bacon is MAGIC with the sweet chocolately cookie. Perfection. I recommend NOT eating these straight from the oven as you will not stop." I'm not sure if I will try these out myself, but I'd love to know if anyone else does.
  • If you are looking for a little more traditional chocolate chip cookie, you might like these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Teresa Long of Intent Blog.
  • These Black and white chocolate chip cookies that come from Jessie at the blog The Hungry Mouse use Oreos as one of the ingredients look pretty darn tasty.
  • Flour Girl, ironically enough, posted this recipe for Flour-less peanut butter banana chocolate chip cookies. Again, peanut butter and chocolate. Yum!

Of course, 'tis the season and a post about cookie recipes wouldn't be complete without some holiday recipes.

Holiday Cookies

I should probably apologize to all of the vegans out there for that bacon chocolate chip cookie recipe above (sorry), but if it's any consolation I found a handful of vegan recipes to help make it up to you.

Vegan Cookies

Since I included so many recipes that include chocolate (how did that happen?), I want to throw in this non-chocolate recipe for good measure: Lemon cookies from Mennonite Girls Can Cook. (Honestly, I had to include it just because it looks really good.)

And lastly, because we should not forget our canine friends, here are some cookie recipes for the dogs.

Dog Cookies

  • Lisa from Condo Blues had to get creative when she recently found herself out of dog treats before an agility class. Because her dog has allergies to wheat and corn, it is hard to find dog treats in the grocery store anyway, so she developed her own Allergy-free apple and banana dog cookies.
  • Ali at Home of the Lazy Dog has a recipe for Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits. She says she's made a lot of different kinds of dog treats over the years, but these are her favorite. They're "easy, healthy, natural, crunchy and taste great."

Have a favorite cookie recipe you'd like to share? Please leave a comment with a link or the whole recipe, I'm not picky. Happy baking.

Contributing editor Amy Gates blogs about green living, attachment parenting, activism and photography at Crunchy Domestic Goddess.

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