Cookie Recipes

Easter Nest Cookies: Recipe for a Hoppy Easter Treat!

Easter Nest Cookie Recipe

Tender cookie "nests" are an Easter favorite in the Ewer house!

Tangy dough is rolled in tinted coconut to form pretty nest-shaped treats.

Use seasonal chocolate-covered almond candies to decorate these pretty Easter cookies.

Cynthia Ewer's Tangy Tri-Cities Biscotti

Seventeen years ago, my husband and I were newcomers to Washington State. With so many friends in other parts of the USA, I wanted to share some of the tastes of our new home. Result: this original recipe, now my holiday specialty.

These biscotti feature dried Washington cherries (you can substitute dried cranberries, too!) and local walnuts. Dipped in white chocolate, they're a tasty and elegant accompaniment to that other Washington State tradition, gourmet coffee.

Best, biscotti are easy to make and easy to pack. Stand a few on end in a latte mug, add a small bag of gourmet coffee beans, and you've scored a quick Christmas cheat!

Lemon Sugar Cookies

lemon sugar cookie recipe

A tasty basic sugar cookie dough, this recipe has been kid-tested by three generations of the Ewer family.

Sturdy enough for decorating, these lemon-flavored cookies have a crisp, light taste.

Try Lemon Sugar Cookies rolled and cut into frosted Christmas shapes, or just flattened with a glass and sprinkled with sugar.

To freeze, stack baked--but undecorated--cookies in single layers, separating each layer with sheets of waxed paper. Freeze for up to four weeks. Thaw and decorate as desired.

Snowballs: Mexican Wedding Cake Recipe

mexican wedding cookies recipe

Tender, melting shortbread cookies shaped like snowballs, Mexican Wedding Cakes will brighten holiday cookie trays.

Shaped, baked and rolled in powdered sugar while warm, Mexican Wedding Cakes have a rich, crumbly texture plumped with pecan flavor.

These sturdy cookies freeze well, so long as they're dusted with a fresh layer of powdered sugar after being thawed.

Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

This is a wonderful cookie, but I find it a bore to make. Each and every year I drop this one from my list, and each and every year my daughter asks, hopefully, "Are you going to make those candy cane cookies this year?"

Each and every year I reply, "Well, all right, but ONLY if you'll help me!"

The reason for this devotion is obvious from the first taste. These cookies are distinctive and wonderfully flavored--and they look, smell and taste like Christmas!

Zebra Cookies

Zebra Cookies Recipe

A black-and-white twist on the familiar Peanut Blossoms, Zebra Cookies are a chocolate holiday treat!

Fudgy chocolate cookie dough replaces the familiar peanut butter flavor, while a zebra chocolate kiss carries out the theme.

Finally, dough is rolled in powdered sugar for a fresh take on an old favorite.

No-Bake Haystack Cookies

Unbaked Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Each year, our family would wait eagerly for my grandparents' box of Christmas treats. This recipe was my grandfather's contribution: Haystacks. But we called them "Gramps Goodies"!

Chocolate bundles of crunchy rolled oats, crisp coconut and plump pecans, these traditional Christmas favorites are easy to make ... and this candy freezes well if properly packaged.

Peanut Blossoms

peanut blossoms cookie recipe

Tender peanut-butter cookies made memorable with a chocolate candy kiss, Peanut Blossoms are a holiday treat for children of all ages!

In the Ewer household, these are Christmas cookie-tray favorites. It wouldn't be Christmas without them!

While they're usually seen crowned by a chocolate kiss, try a simple recipe variation by filling a depression in the center with fruit jelly for Peanut Butter and Jelly cookies!