Dessert - Cookies Dessert: Cookies

Chocolate drop cookies

Chocolate Drop Cookies

There's nothing about these that's particularly Christmassy, but they're Christmas cookies. Don't ask why.

M&M cookies

Chocolate Mint Drop Cookies

I have no idea where this recipe came from originally, but it's become a family staple for Christmas (which is the only time you can actually find the mint M&Ms for this).

Chocolate chip cookies

Mom's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

The cookbook called these "Dad's Favorite" chocolate chip cookies. But it turned out the cookbook was wrong and they were, in fact, Mom's favorite.

This is a half batch of the original recipe, but it still makes a lot of cookies.

Spritz cookies

Pat's Never-Fail Spritz Cookies

These are another family classic cookie, from my Great Aunt Pat. Despite claiming to be "never-fail," I've still managed to mess them up at least once, since I had a version of the recipe with a list of ingredients and no instructions.

Sugar cookies

Sugar Cookies

Even in cookies, the secret is cheese -- in this case, cream cheese. It keeps the cookies moist and prevents blandness. Also butter. Always butter.