Recipes I'm planning to try this at some point during a holiday season. (Recipes we have tried and loved are in a companion cookbook.) My family traditionally gives away 2 dozen trays of cookies and candies as gifts, so there's a whole lot of baking going on. The cover picture was taken just before packing up our 2005 Christmas tins.
These are some of the most delicious cookies I have ever tasted. I like to peel the orange zest with my Microplane zester, which gives me a nice, powdery zest, but you can use a potato peeler and cut strips as well, since it will all get mixed up with the sugar in the food processor.
My most favorite cookies in the world!!! Very expensive to buy in an Italian bakery and this recipe is the best I've ever tasted. I love baking Italian cookies of all kinds, but these are my specialty. When breaking up almond paste it's always nice to have someone sit and do it with you. I usually use that time to chat with my kids. My sister did it with me once too.
Heavenly is all I can say!! I had these cookies on a trip many years ago while staying at a Doubletree Hotel (they left one on each pillow each day after cleaning the rooms) and always thought they were "THE BEST" chocolate chip cookies I had ever eaten! I have searched High and Low for a recipe for anything similar to what I had eaten at the Doubletree and recently found this recipe (unfortunately I can't remember where I got the recipe from)and have made them several times since. They are a little more time-consuming than regular chocolate chip cookies but well worth the extra time! This recipe makes extra large cookies. I'm not sure as to the exact prep time and I don't always chill the dough overnight) From Even More Top Secret Recipes.
This recipe comes from one of my many Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. I've tried many coconut macaroon recipes and this one is by far the best. For an extra special treat I have been known to dip the bottoms in bittersweet chocolate.
This is a Christmas time or anytime favorite in our family. The recipe has been passed to me and we have been making these for 40 years in our family! If you are going to give them as gifts, place wax paper between the stacks of balls. This recipe will make about 100 balls depending on the size you make them.