Making these soft, chewy cookies with a rich flavor has been a family tradition since my children were small. At Christmastime, I shape the dough into gingerbread men with tasty raisin eyes and buttons.
-Sue Bartlett, Berlin, Wisconsin
Creating these tom treats is just as much fun as gobbling them up! When preparing this cookie recipe years ago, I used to help our children cut out their own hand shapes from the rolled dough. Today the kids are all grown, but they still remember how much they enjoyed "baking" their hands! If you like, you can form the cookies using a handprint cookie cutter instead. —Pat Thompson, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
When I first sampled this unique cookie, I decided it was the best cookie I'd ever tasted! The coffee flavor and chocolate icing make it a delightful treat at buffets and church socials. — Leitzel Malzahn, Fox Point, Wisconsin
We adapted this pretty gingerbread house from Ellen Wages in Vancleave, Mississippi…and came up with this petite version. Unlike Ellen's larger classroom house, it doesn't need to be constructed around a cardboard shell. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
When it’s time to start the cookie-baking season, this recipe always kicks off the festivities. My mother-in-law first shared it with me, but it’s too good to keep to myself! You can tint the buttery icing a cheery pink or green and pipe it on with a decorating tip. —Ann Scherzer, Anacortes, Washington
When you serve thees cookies, you won't hear a peep from guests—they'll be too busy gobbling up the sweet treat! Shape them into baby chicks like our home economist did here or follow reader Phyllis Madonna's lead and form the dough into sheep. "I serve them to friend's and family all the time," she pens from Cleveland, New York.
Come holiday time, Joyce Berry rolls out dozens of these buttery cutout cookies in her Sandpoint, Idaho country kitchen. "The basic sugar cookie recipe is my mother's," she informs, "and I came up with the sweet 'surprise' inside."
These soft, cake-like cookies are especially satisfying because they're very low in fat," remarks Sarah Jane Hayes of Dilworth, Minnesota. "I modified an old recipe, and my husband and I like this version even better."
I tuck one of these fanciful Santas into every gift cookie tray I make. They're a guaranteed hit with kids—young and old. And I like that they're not too difficult to assemble. —Mrs. Andrew Syer, Oak Ridge, Missouri
These cute cutout reindeer really fly off the plate when my brother's around. They're his favorite! The subtle chocolate color and taste make them a nice alternative to plain vanilla sugar cookies. —Lisa Rupple, Keenesburg, Colorado