Who wants a cookie?!

Can we talk about food for a minute? Oh, who are we kidding. That’s our favorite topic. (Except ghosts. Let me know when they start baking, that will be the post of the year.)

I love cookies. If I had to choose one thing to live off of for the rest of my life it would be a pretty tough decision, but cookies would definitely be on the short list.  I went to a birthday party over the weekend and there were cookies there. Yummmm cookies.

Duh, parties have cookies, not a big deal. Except these were no ordinary cookies. I ate one and I kid you not, the words that came out of my mouth were: “These cookies are made out of my hopes and dreams.” Put that on my gravestone, kthanx. Everyone at the party laughed at me…but it is pretty much the truth. These cookies (see below) are so heavenly that they must be made out of gooey dreamy goodness.

I got the recipe link from the girl at the party and now I am going to share it with you for your next holiday party. They are called Valentine’s S’mores Cookies but, throw some red and green M&Ms in those bad boys and BAM! You get a Christmas cookie! I am planning to make them for every event this winter. I am going to be the Oprah of cookies. “You get a cookie! You get a cookie! EVERYONE GETS COOOOOOOKKKKKIES!”

Sorry. Sugar high. I will try to calm down. Now that we are all here, let’s just discuss…

  • Tell us about your favorite cookie
  • Have you had a food-related epiphany like mine?
  • Share a dessert recipe that you love
  • If you only had one food to live off of for the rest of your life what would it be?
  • What would ghosts bake if ghosts could bake?
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56 Responses to Who wants a cookie?!

  1. HOW CAN I CHOOSE. Peanut butter blossoms, chocolate chip, sugar cookies with craisins and pistachios. Shortbread! I even like oatmeal raisin, guys. Cookies are so good. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had a cookie I didn’t like, unless it was stale or a crappy store brand or something.

  2. facetaco says:

    Here are but a few of my many opinions re: cookies.

    -Chocolate chip cookies are HIGHLY overrated. They’re not BAD, but the only time I will ever choose chocolate chip cookies from a variety is if the only other option is oatmeal raisin,

    – The best homemade cookies are peanut butter. The best store-bought cookies are Pecan Sandies.

    -I love Oreos, but I cannot eat them anymore. They hurt my teeth. I don’t know why this should be true when no other cookie or baked good hurts my teeth. I asked a dentist once, and he peeked around in my mouth as if he might find some Oreo tolerance switch he could flip, but no dice. It’s just a mysterious of the universe. The universe inside my mouth.

    • There are two types of people in the world: those who like Oreos and those who don’t. I only like one of them.

      • Sota says:

        Do you guys have opinions on Oreos? My coworker and I have discussed Oreos at length. I am all about the double stuf. He only eats regular. THOUGHTS!?

        • Double stuf for lyfe. And also I couldn’t find the halloween orange ones this year. Those always tasted best, that orange dye just adds a nice fake-color flavor.

        • Sota says:

          I saw the orange ones around this year! Sad you couldn’t find them. A couple of years ago i found Peppermint Stick Oreos that had little bits of candy cane mixed into the filling. Those were my favorite of the novelty varieties. The rest of the weird flavors are nonsense. WATERMELON OREOS?! No thank you.

        • flanny says:

          ILU, Sota. Doub stuf’s da domb.com.

        • Erika says:

          I like both, but my real love was retired years ago: mint chocolate covered Oreos, formerly known as Mystic Mints. At some point Nabisco stopped calling them Mystic Mints, and then a several years ago they were disappeared entirely. If I want them nowadays, I have to dip them in chocolate myself, which is probably a mixed blessing since I rarely get around to it.

      • facetaco says:

        I like them! It’s just that my teeth do not! Off-brand Oreos are okay, though. I don’t get it.

  3. This is perfect timing because I’m planning on having a cookie party in December. I just want to bake all the things and I know if I eat all of them I will not feel very good.

    Alton Brown’s “The Chewy” are my go-to chocolate chip cookies.

    I also enjoy:
    -crinkles
    -thumbprint
    -these amazing ginger cookies my aunt makes
    -whoopie pies
    -these awesome vegan sugar cookies I used to buy in college that were the best sugar cookies I’ve ever had

  4. ALSO: No-bakes! I had one for the first time in forever a few weeks ago, and remembered how good they are: http://www.cooks.com/recipe/3y0cb1i1/chocolate-oatmeal-no-bake-cookies.html

    • flanny says:

      My older sister and I always used to make no-bakes together. The recipe was mimeographed on a piece of pink paper with a drawing of a girl scout on it. It called for “butter or oleo”, and I didn’t know what that was. Aaah, memories. 🙂

  5. Sota says:

    Favorite cookie place in NYC. Please go try these dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookies. They are fantastic.

    http://www.levainbakery.com/store/index.php/all-products/dark-chocolate-peanut-butter-chip.html

  6. catweazle says:

    I make Martha Stewart’s chocolate chip cookies on a fairly regular basis. They are very good and as I have mentioned before Martha Stewart knows what the fuck is up. Her red velvet cupcake recipe has yielded excellent results for me too.

    I like peanut butter cookie recipes that don’t use flour. But I also like peanut butter blossoms. Around Christmas I make a peanut butter blossom style cookie but with chocolate drop cookies and candy cane kisses instead. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate cookies so I don’t even like them that much but they look very pretty and have been a crowd pleaser in my experience.

    This is a very good recipe for ginger cookies that have all the nice spicy fall flavor of ginger snaps but none of the snap: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/big-soft-ginger-cookies/

    And my favorite cookies are cornflake wreaths. It’s a good thing that they are Christmas-only because I would never stop eating them if they were a year-round cookie. They are so pretty and festive looking and also stupidly delicious! I’m not into red hots so I put M&Ms on mine.

    • Sota says:

      I forgot about cornflake wreaths! Those are so good too!

    • Kate says:

      Did you ever make peanut butter cookie batter, then roll it up into little balls and put them in a tiny muffin tin pan and bake them, then when they are still hot, press a mini Reece’s cup into each one? Yep. I do that. More candy than cookie!

    • Erika says:

      I’ve never known Martha to recommend a subpar cookie.

      My favorite cookie I’m pretty sure was a Martha recipe: chocolate chocolate chunk cherry cookies.

  7. artdorkgirl says:

    So, Alton Brown’s super thin sugar cookies are my go to for the holidays, plus they can be dressed up with whatever you please. I’m also not a cookie snob. I will take any cookie offered at any time, no questions asked.

    So, I love to bake, but since Mr. Dork doesn’t eat sugar anymore, I’ve slowed way down. I still will make homemade baklava for big parties, and I have a carrot cake recipe that I love. My most requested baking project are these cream cheese and coconut pinwheel cookies I make. The dough is a cream cheese and sugar dough with a ball of cream cheese mixed with more sugar, coconut, and white chocolate chips in the center. They never last through a party.

  8. summerestherson says:

    THOSE COOKIES LOOK HELLA BANGIN’ YO.

    I love cookies too!! Like, an insane amount. I used to get these things called “Double Doozies” from the cookie place in the mall and sneak them into the movie theater when I was a youth. They’re basically just two cookies with buttercream icing in between.

    My mom devised this evil genius recipe that’s basically brownies on the bottom, cheesecake in the middle, cookies on top baked in the oven (and sometimes topped with icing if you’re feeling really decadent) and it’s MY MOST FAVORITE THING EVER. Like, seriously, if I’m ever on death row, that will be my final meal request. That with a side of ice cream. Some might find that combination “too rich” but there is literally nothing too rich for my palate.

  9. old man fatima says:

    I’m a gross weirdo with no sweet tooth, but I really like clafoutis (this isn’t the one I use, but just for example: http://www.food.com/recipe/julia-childs-cherry-clafouti-239454). Also, spiced caked with fresh berries baked in. The berries get all bursty and perfect.

    And I make this on probably a monthly basis: http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2013/10/blendtec_5_ingredient_muffin_recipe/#_a5y_p=1850618

  10. Guys, this is bringing up some weird emotions, but I don’t think I have a favorite cookie!
    First off, I don’t bake. It’s just a thing I don’t do. I have one thing I bake and it is a banana cake with peanut butter frosting and it’s seriously tits. So there aren’t cookies I make.
    My grandmother makes many many many cookies and my favorite are chocolate oatmeal and they’re so delicious, especially when warmed and dipped in milk.
    As for store-bought cookies, most grocery stores make these sugar cookies that have crazy frosting. They basically look like this but any color frosting (below) and they hurt my teeth because they have so much sugar.

  11. FRQ says:

    What an apporpiately timed post. Last night I gave up on pie making and made these banana oatmeal cookies instead.

  12. flanny says:

    Banana oatmeal chocolate chip.

    Sota, whenever someone says, “your hopes and dreams,” I always think about that episode of Saved Bell the Bell where Mr. Belding gives them a pep talk before a basketball game about how the ball is like their hopes and dreams. And then we cut to after the game and they lost and Slater’s like, “Mr. Belding kept yelling SHOOT YOUR HOPES AND DREAMS, and by the time I figured out he was talking about the ball, time was up.” If it was anyone else who had said that phrase, I wouldn’t think they were referencing Saved By The Bell, but since it’s you, I thought I’d see.

    • Sota says:

      That’s amazing. No, I didn’t intentionally mean for it to sound like that. But honestly it might just be that Saved By The Bell is so burned into my subconscious that it just comes out that way.

  13. mordonez says:

    I can’t even….You guys, this post made me think back to my youthful days, the ones of yore even, and about my very favorite cookie of all time, which I was sure was lost forever.

    It was a cookie made and sold by the late, lamented department store Marshall Fields (screw you, Macy’s, Santa Claus notwithstanding), and whenever I looked on Internet, I’d find some forum post somewhere by someone who had heard of them, or some random recipe that was not far off, but had no icing, or some nonsense.

    However now, the magic of search engines and perhaps leaky paywalls have brought me THIS, and my heart is full.

    I present to you the Marshall Fields Hermit Cookie.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1989-06-29/entertainment/8902130632_1_dozen-3-inch-cookies-baking-brown-sugar

    But then, a competing article from the same newspaper, from 20 years later, with a slightly different recipe!!

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/chi-1021-lost-recipesoct21-htmlstory-htmlstory.html

    I don’t remember these having a mocha frosting (it was a very pale frosting that i recall as similar to maple), but maybe the chocolate was a very muted note because it’s unsweetened cocoa. I hope like heck these recipes are right. I won’t rest until I get a batch of these that satisfies my memories!

    There were other questions, but I’ll let y’all handle those for now, gotta go buy some cloves or something.

    • I really like your typo where you say “whenever I looked on Internet” as though Internet is a person (rather than The internet). It reminds me of Buster calling “the army” “Army”. I think I will refer to Internet this way from now on.

    • flanny says:

      Marshall Field’s took over my beloved local department store, Hudson’s, when I was younger, so I was a little bitter about the brand for a few years. Until Macy’s took over! They’re terrible! At least Marshall Field’s understood my midwestern sensibilities, and had that pimpin’ flagship store in Chicago! Ugg, Macy’s, get out of here! You don’t know me!

      • Sota says:

        I worked for Macy’s corporate for 5 years (and I was in the parade twice!) but still to me it’s Dayton’s that holds my department store heart. Macy’s just ate up all those other stores didn’t it? Everyone misses their local ones.

        I do know that Marshall Fields people were so particular about their Franco mints that there are two different recipes sold in the Macys stores based on region due to what the MF recipe in that store was.

        • flanny says:

          Yes! Hudson’s was technically Dayton Hudson in my youth, so they must have combined early on!

        • Macy’s took over Filene’s, so I also understand the Macy’s hate. I do love the old Marshall Field’s building downtown, it makes me sad it’s a Macy’s now. At least they kept the signs saying what it used to be.

  14. martinmegz says:

    Samoas are the best because you always want some mo’ a them. I rest my case! You cannot dispute me!

  15. Commentatrix says:

    Bookmarking this! I want to make all of these, but I don’t have a proper oven at my new place, and it’s so sad because baking is the one food-making thing I like to do. Since I’ll be all alone for Christmas this year, maybe I should take the whole weekend off, drive up to my parents’ empty house, and bake a thousand cookies in their kitchen! My mother won’t even be around to micromanage me or tell me to clean up “as I work.” Perfect plan?

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