Let’s Talk Cookies

December is a busy, frantic, magical time, and I say we celebrate all of these things between now and the moment the big ball drops to drag us into a new year. We’re shopping and cooking and working and shoveling snow (in some places, thankfully not in my area.) And, of course, we’re partying. Everything from neighborhood gatherings to fancy corporate events.

This is the first time since 2006 I don’t have a fancy party to get gussied up for. As much as I miss shopping for a party dress, it’s so nice not to have to worry about it. Though, to be fair, I also planned that event every year, so that’s probably why I’m relieved to be off the hook.

However, I do have a holiday party coming up, and it’s a pot luck. I LOVE pot lucks. As a picky eater, I’m almost guaranteed to find something I’ll like. Even if just one or two things. And they’re usually homemade and heart-stopping and oh so good. I plan to take something in the Crock Pot, but I’ll also be taking my buckeyes. 

As an Ohio native, these are a must. Oddly enough, my grandmother made about a dozen different types of cookies when I was growing up, but never buckeyes. I had to get those from a friend’s mom, Mrs. Nankivell. Unfortunately, I’m not the baker either of these ladies were, so I use a shortcut recipe that is so simple it’s a crime.

Melt a bag of peanut butter chips in the microwave, then fold in a can of white frosting. Chill. Roll into balls, Dip in melted chocolate. (I use Ghirardelli.) Let dry on wax paper and voila! Buckeyes. (Picture is from last Christmas.)


So let’s talk cookies and give stuff away. What was your favorite holiday cookie when you were growing up? Is it still your favorite now? Have a recipe you want to share? Tell us about it or leave a link to the recipe and maybe some of us can get some new ideas.

One lucky commenter will win a $10 Amazon gift card. Contest open through Sunday, Dec 7th, at midnight eastern time. 

63 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Cookies”

  1. Cindy Jones says:

    I finished up some bourbon balls. I plan to “sock” someone today! Basically, I filled a stocking with random things(and bourbon balls) and I’m going to drop it off to a friend at work. Her job? Refill the stocking and “sock” someone else!

    1. Terri says:

      I’ve never heard of this, but I love it. Of course, I no longer work in an office. I could sock one of the cats but I’m not sure it would be the same thing.

      My grandmother made rum balls, but I’ve never had a bourbon ball. Sounds decadent.

  2. Wednesday Stanley says:

    Hmmmm my favorite holiday cookie would probably be a pumpkin cookie with walnuts & raisins and gingerbread men with frosting.

    1. Terri says:

      Have you ever tried to make a gingerbread house? I’m afraid I’d make nothing but a mess if I tried, but I’m tempted every year.

      1. Deborah S says:

        Using one of those Gingerbread House kits is pretty easy. We do one with the kids every year. Michaels has one that is put together by Wilton. They’re usually $10 or less.

  3. Quilt Lady says:

    I made peanut butter balls last year and everyone loved them. Also made pepperment patties, that was really good. I usually make candy at Christmas time.

    1. Quilt Lady says:

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    2. Terri says:

      Oh, candy making is on a whole other level. Kudos to you.

  4. Marilyn Hendry says:

    Soft Gingerbread cookies are still my fave!! Homemade soft Oreo cookies are yummy too. I bought Buckeyes when I was in Ohio….yummy.

    1. Terri says:

      You can make homemade Oreos???

  5. Laurie Gommermann says:

    I’ve never tried a Buckeye.

    I just saw this recipe I believe it was from Taste of Home on Facebook.

    I have not tried it but I do like Girl Scout Thin Mints.


    1 pound bittersweet chocolate
    80 buttery round crackers
    1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

    Using a double boiler method, melt the chocolate coatings over hot tap water for 15 – 20 minutes. Stir . Do not cook or get water into the chocolate.
    1. After it is melted, stir in a couple drops of peppermint flavor into the chocolate.
    2. Dip crackers into the melted chocolate and then place onto a cold cookie sheet and put into the refrigerator to set. (A freezing tray to rest the dipped cookies will keep the bottoms neat looking.)
    3. In a few minutes take them out and package in candy cups. The cookies are best kept at room temperature or a cool dry place away from any odors.

    1) don’t put the peppermint extract in the chocolate until it is fully melted. If you put the peppermint extract in the chocolate and then melt it in the microwave the extract burns the chocolate and makes it crumbly and hard, hence those reviewers having to use oil to make it smooth again. Once the chocolate is fully melted stir well and then put your extract in! For the holidays I used white chocolate chips too. You may crush some peppermints for the top.

    2) I used Nabisco Famous chocolate wafers and melted Andes mints. I am not even kidding how great these were! Thin, crispy and chocolaty! I am thinking about making sandwiches with the wafers with marshmallow cream in the middle and then dunking them in the melted Andes mints.

    3) It didn’t have enough peppermint flavor. I added more and the second sheet tastes just like Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. First sheet is good, but much better with more peppermint flavor. After dipping crackers, pick cracker up with a fork, tap handle of fork on edge of bowl/double boiler to remove some excess chocolate. Put waxed paper covered cookie sheets in freezer before starting, helps cool these quickly.

    Hope they work for you.

    1. Laurie Gommermann says:

      I’ve always liked buttery Spritz cookies.

    2. Terri says:

      There are so many yummy options here! And I’ve never thought of the cold cookie sheet. That would work for my buckeyes and keep the chocolate from spreading out before it cools. Thank you for sharing this.

    3. Jeanie Jackson says:

      I just tried the Ritz mint cookies last night for the first time and have to make some for my family. I couldn’t believe how easy they were and how much that taste like GS thin mints!

  6. Michelle says:

    my husband loves Buckeyes might need to try your recipe! I am a traditional sugar cookie girl myself

    1. Terri says:

      Michelle, you just can’t beat a sugar cookie. And yes, this recipe is so super easy. My teenager helps (she rolls the balls) and it’s become a fun tradition that doesn’t make too much of a mess, or take days to do.

  7. Kathy P says:

    My peanut butter balls recipe is a little different. I made some on Thursday.

    My favorite Christmas cookie recipe is Thomas Haas Sparkle cookies. They taste like a chocolate truffle. Amazing.

    1. Terri says:

      A chocolate truffle? You have my attention.

  8. Colleen Powell says:

    My mom always made the traditional cookies when we were growing up, chocolate chip walnut cookies were always my favorite! But my children love peanut butter and chocolate so I will be making your buck eye cookies this year thanks!

    1. Terri says:

      You’re welcome! But I warn you, it’s hard not to eat them all before the kids get them. 🙂

  9. LaurieL says:

    My favorite Christmas cookies are molasses spice. I used to make 10-12 varieties of cookies every Christmas. I’ve cut down in the last few years since it seems like a lot of people skip the cookies.

    Here is a really easy candy recipe. I have made it for candy gifts and for parties.

    Candy Cane Cups

    12 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating or Almond Bark
    12 candy canes (real peppermint oil flavoring is best)

    Crush candy canes (makes about ¾ cup of candy pieces). Place candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at Medium (50% power) for two minutes, stir. Cook an additional minute or two at Medium, until coating is melted. Stir in candy and spoon mixture into paper petit four or candy cups. Chill until firm. Store in an airtight container. Makes 3 to 4 dozen candy cups.

    1. Terri says:

      That does sound easy. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Beverly says:

    A big hit in my family are Oreo Balls, but they are so much work!! And this is technically not a cookie, but I make it year round and it’s so easy and so yummy!


    1. Terri says:

      Christmas Crack. I love it! Bookmarking that link right now.

  11. Nancy says:

    The cookies I remember most from my childhood are sugar cookies. Mom would make them and then the 6 of us kids would get to help sprinkle on the sugar and candy balls. This year I made some with my grandchildren and oh the fun we had! We put sugar crystals on some of them but we frosted most of them. A mess was made but so were delicious cookies and great memories!

    1. Terri says:

      Nancy, I have memories like that. Nanny’s kitchen wasn’t big, so everything was done on the dining room table. Someone would roll, someone else would cut them out, and the decorating was always the best part. Go you on having fun with the grandkids. They’ll share those memories with others, just like we are.

  12. kym A says:

    Hi Terri !!
    Wow..I do the full buckeye recipe, need to try yours 🙂
    I make about 150 dzn cookies each Christmas to give away.

    You should try Oreo Balls !! People always beg for more 🙂


    1. Terri says:

      Kym, I’ve met skeptics who don’t believe this simple recipe could be as good. But I promise, they really are.

      And I need to give credit where it’s due. I swiped this simple recipe from Toni Blake’s website a couple years ago. 🙂

  13. Linda Phillips says:

    Every year my great grandmother would make sugar cookies and German butter cookies. Those were my favorite when growing up.

    1. Linda Phillips says:

      Every year I made sugar cookies with my children and now I make them with my grandchildren. We cut them out into different shapes and sprinkle them with colored sugar.

    2. Terri says:

      German butter cookies sound good. Well, put butter and cookie together and I’m in no matter what. lol Love hearing about baking with the kids. That was something I looked forward to every December.

  14. Christina Riggs says:

    I love to make Sugar Cookies. The C&H sugar recipe. But my favorite cookie is Chocolate Chip Brownie!

    1. Terri says:

      I’m going to need more information on this chocolate chip brownie cookie.

  15. angie bartley says:

    We always make shortbread cookies. They are wonderful

  16. Melissa says:

    It may be boring, but I have always loved my grandma’s recipe for frosted butter/sugar cookies. Mmmmmm!

    1. Terri says:

      Nothing boring about that.

  17. Lori H says:

    Chocolate chips were my fave growing up but now I enjoy fat sugar cookies with lots of icing 🙂
    I also like snickerdoodles.

    1. Terri says:

      Lori, snickerdoodles play a role in my next book that comes out in April. The heroine takes up baking, and introduces the hero to snickerdoodles. 🙂

  18. Jo Anne V says:

    We do a cookie exchange where everyone makes a dozen cookies for each of the people participating == here is a recipe the kids can do Reindeer cookies: http://www.popupsanta.tv/christmasrecipes/4

    1. Terri says:

      Jo Anne, you must end up with a lot of cookies! And that’s my kind of recipe, starting with ready made cookie dough. I can handle that!

  19. Hellion says:

    I don’t normally bake cookies at the holidays because I hate baking cookies. (They bake for 9 minutes at a time and you gotta pay attention and stuff.) HOWEVER, I have a 12 Days Gift Project and one of the days involves giving out cookies, so I’ll be making some cookies this weekend. And because I’ve been looking at recipes and been on a HP binge, I want to make some Treacle Fudge and Coconut Ice candies. So weekend busy.

    1. Terri says:

      See? That’s what I like about them. Quick and we’re done. I’d rather rotate them in and out quickly than deal with something that has to cook all day. Too boring.

      Treacle fudge? Is that from the Harry Potter cookbook?

  20. Hellion says:

    Yeah, it’s supposed to be from Harry Potter–we’ll see how it turns out. I’m not as good with fudge unless it’s the failsafe kind. We’ll see.

    I’m for the “cook for 40 minutes and we’re done” rather than cook four different times for 10 minutes and totally ruin your movie watching experience. Laziness. *LOL*

    1. Terri says:

      We are so so different. 🙂 I saw a recipe for fudge the other day that was like chocolate chips and condensed milk for 2 minutes in the microwave and chill. Looked too good to be true.

  21. Tina Jones says:

    Rum Balls

    * 1/2 c. roasted, unsalted cashews – finely chopped (can substitute with hazelnuts, walnuts, or almonds)
    * 1-1/4 c. Nilla or shortbread cookies – finaly crushed
    * 1/2 c. powdered sugar
    * 2 T baking cocoa powder (unsweetened)
    * 2 T light corn syrup
    * 1/4 c rum (I prefer Bacardi Gold)

    * Chocolate sprinkles

    1. Combine nuts and cookie crumbs
    2. Add powder sugar and cocoa, mix well
    3. Add corn syrup and rum
    4. Chill in fridge.
    5. shape into 1″ balls
    6. roll balls in chocolate sprinkles.

    Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
    Best if served AFTER a couple days.
    Serve at room temperature.

    Makes approximately 18 @ 1″ or 12 @ 2″.

    1. Terri says:

      Wow. You just took me right back to my childhood.

  22. Jane Squires says:

    My daughter’s Mother-in-law makes those but she puts peanut butter in the middle – not icing – I’ll take the peanut butter since my husband is diabetic.

    1. Terri says:

      That’s probably the smart way to go. My cousin is diabetic and at Thanksgiving, I had to take the fudge away from her. She’d cut a tiny piece, then another and another until she might as well have taken a big piece.

  23. Connie Hamblen Williamson says:

    We did chocolate chip cookies when I was little. I’ve never had a buckeye – does one of those come with the Amazon gift card? 😉

    1. Terri says:

      Connie, if I thought I could get them there without turning into a mess, I’d do it. 🙂

  24. Sharlene Wegner says:

    Other than the Pillsbury slice & bake, I don’t remember cookies from childhood! LOL. My mother made some sort of candy cane cookie, but I would have no idea how to make it! I just make the Toll House chocolate chip recipe and add 1/4 cup of butterscotch chips & 1/4 mini semi sweet chips. We like them soft baked.

    1. Terri says:

      Sharlene, other than these simply buckeyes (which I’ve only been making for three years) I never bake any cookies that aren’t ready made from the grocery store. And they must be soft. Oh yes. No crunchy cookies here.

  25. Shannon Smith says:

    Always has been peanut butter cookies, but I found Oreo cookie balls and I was swayed.

    1. Terri says:

      Isn’t it amazing what the word Oreo can do? lol

  26. Cindy Husband says:

    My favorite Christmas cookie are sugar cookies. But not the thin crunchy ones. I mean the thick, soft, frosted sugar cookies. There is no better cookie.
    Back when I was a teenager, I liked to take over my Mom’s kitchen and bake tons of Christmas cookies. Besides the rolled and decorated cookies(I would make 6-10 dozen), one year I made petite fours(spelling). The family loved it when I would get on a baking spree. Haha.

    1. Terri says:

      That sounds like a lot of cookies, but I bet once everyone dug in, they were gone in no time. And heck yeah on the thick, soft sugar cookies.

  27. Jeanie Jackson says:

    I always get elected to make what we call Pecan Balls but they are also Mexican Wedding Cookies, Italian Wedding Cookies, Pecan Crescents, and Snowballs. Similar to shortbread cookies and rolled in powdered suger.
    I lost my recipe and keep trying new ones to get the best of the bunch.
    And to those of you who say just Sugar Cookies, not only are they wonderful but they bring back so many memories whether they are rolled out and cut into shapes or thick drop style, they are a perennial favorite! Thanks for the Buckeye recipe.

    1. Terri says:

      You’re welcome. And good luck finding the right Snowballs recipe. 🙂

  28. Deb Z. says:

    Choosing my favorite Christmas cookie is like choosing my favorite child! Can’t do it! I love Mocha Crinkles, Cherry Winks, Andes Mint cookies and the traditional sugar cookie. Think I’ll go put some butter out to soften now…

    1. Terri says:

      I’ve never heard of mocha crinkles. Tell us more!

  29. Deborah S says:

    A friend gave me a sugar cookie recipe many years ago in college that I have always enjoyed making. They are not “roll out and decorate” cookies, but rather a more shortbread type made with cream of tartar.

    Sugar Cookies

    1 c butter
    2 eggs
    1 c veg oil
    1 c powdered sugar
    1 c granulated sugar
    1 tsp cream of tartar
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp salt
    4 1/2 c flour
    1 tsp vanilla

    Cream oil, butter and sugars. Add vanilla and eggs. Sift dry ingredients. Stir and blend. Roll tbsp of soft dough into a ball and then roll the ball of dough in granulated sugar. Press down lightly on a greased cookie sheet with glass dipped in sugar. (a highball type glass works well for this)

  30. Laetitia says:

    I have always loved eating chocolate chip cookies during the holidays. I loved making them with family, and then eating them for dessert!

  31. Christine Jensen says:

    for me it was the classic sugar cookies (mostly because I enjoyed decorating them so much)

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