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Do you have a great cookie recipe?

Hello! I am participating in a cookie exchange this year and have to make 7 dozen cookies. I wanted to make something different, not too difficult that tastes awesome and is a definite crowd pleaser. Any suggestions?

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  1. This recipe was shown by Paula Deen several years ago, and they are still really popular at our house. The thin butter glaze is not essential, but it is really good. They are enhanced oatmeal cookies....

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pa...

    1. Don't know how costly it'd be, but ATK has a recipe for Brown Sugar Cookies, where you brown the butter, too. They are decadently butterscotchy, caramelly, etc. Their recipe makes 24 large cookies. Adam

      1. This is a great resource--Gourmet magazine's favorite cookies. I think I put on a few pounds just looking through it!
        http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/cookie...

        1. I started making these at Christmas time a couple years ago and they are now a part of my Christmas cookie collection. Undercook them slightly to ensure they will stay nice and moist. If over done, they are dry and not good at all.

          http://www.countryliving.com/recipefi...

          1. The Chewy Pecan Diamonds recipe from Epicurious is a fabulous recipe for the holidays.

            1. I love this simple but delicious shortbread. I like to keep a roll or two in the frig or freezer for imromptu guests
              Coconut Shortbread Refrigerator Cookies
              Mix together thoroughly 2 cubes of butter, 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 tsp. vanilla. Mix in 1 ¼ cups sifted flour, ½ tsp. salt and 1 cup rolled oats. Divide in half, form into rolls and roll in coconut. Wrap and chill. Slice and bake 12-15 minutes in 350 degree oven.

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              1. re: donali

                My favorite cookies are from Jamie Oliver's The Naked Chef Takes Off. They're Orange and Polenta Biscuits. A cinch to make, but verry rich (3/4 cup of butter). It's just polenta, butter, sugar, flour, zest of 2-3 oranges and 2 large eggs. You rub the butter, sugar, polenta and flour together and then mix in the orange zest and eggs. Cover this dough with plastic and put in refridge for an hour. Drop by teaspoonsful onto a baking sheet (leave some room for them to expand) and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 5 or so minutes. Check them to make sure they're not browning too much. They should be brown around the edges and yellow in the middle. He says to cool them for 15 minutes. These are incredibly rich and delicious. Great with coffee.

                This book is 8 years old and I still use it all the time. Sure, the hype is irritating and his style can be a little too enthusiastic and cutesie, but his books are wonderful.

              2. One of my crowd pleaser cookies is the recipe on the back of the Ghiradelli chips bag. With the nuts. I know Chocolate chip cookies aren't the sexiest cookie ever, but they are always good.

                1. tracey, more recipes than you can shake a stick at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/564196 -- my favorite "cookie-palooza" thread.

                  1. it's probably too late for your cookie exchange, but these really do fall under the category of "great cookie recipe":

                    This recipe was translated from a German cookbook, so the measurements are in metric.

                    Vanillekipferl

                    For the dough:
                    320 g flour
                    60 g almond meal
                    60 g hazelnut meal
                    120 g sugar
                    2 egg yolks
                    270 g butter

                    For Dipping:
                    Approx 1 C vanilla sugar (available at Cost Plus or just place a vanilla bean in sugar for a couple of weeks. you can then remove it and use it like normal, and the sugar will smell like vanilla.)

                    Put the flour in a bowl. Add the almonds, nuts, sugar, and yolks. Cut the butter into small pieces and mix it all together by hand to form a dough. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes in the fridge.

                    Preheat the oven to 375F. Roll into small logs and gently bend into crescents. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. After removing from the oven, let cool for a minute and then dip in the vanilla sugar to coat.

                    1. http://www.thefoodpaper.com/recipes/B...

                      I love this Black & White cookie recipe and find them to be addicting. I hardly ever make them for that reason. There's orange zest in the dough, it's just delicious. And of course, the vanilla icing on half and chocolate glaze on the other = heaven.
                      They're very, very good and you won't be one of 4 bakers who bring them.

                      I'm anxious to try some of the recipes posted! they sound great.