It’s hard to not love cookies.

Fortunately, we have days like National Homemade Cookie Day to remind us that, “Yes, I should be baking cookies right now.”

We asked our readers to share their favorite homemade cookie recipe with us, so that we could share them with you, their fellow readers.

Happy baking, everyone!

Not Quite Rocky Road Cookie

Reader Kevin Strebinger's "Not Quite Rocky Road" cookies have our mouths watering. (Photo supplied by Kevin Strebinger)
Reader Kevin Strebinger’s “Not Quite Rocky Road” cookies have our mouths watering. (Photo supplied by Kevin Strebinger)

From Kevin Strebinger
Servings: 8 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup coconut
  • Round pretzels

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix sugars and butter until smooth. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated. Add eggs and mix until incorporated.
  2. Stir flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder together. Add to other ingredients and mix until just combined.
  3. Add one heaping cup each of chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and coconut to mixture and blend until combined.
  4. On an ungreased cookie sheet, place the pretzels (I use the Seyfert’s brand of extra salty, extra dark round pretzels) salty side down, and place approximately one tablespoon of dough in each pretzel. I use a number 70 scoop for most of my cookies (A good investment if you can find a good one).
  5. Bake at 350 F for ten minutes.
  6. Allow to cool on pan for no more than 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  7. Don’t give up if your results are not the same as mine. Variances in ovens, pans and ingredients can produce varying outcomes.

 
Almond Butter Cookies

From Barb Kuharic
(Yes, this is my mother’s recipe. No, I’m not even mad about it.)

Ingredients:

Cookie dough:

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • One 8-ounce package of creme cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Frosting:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk until you reach spreading consistency

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, cream sugar, butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Add egg, vanilla and almond extract, beat smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir flour and baking powder together. Add to cream mixture and mix thoroughly.
  4. Chill mixture for 1 1/2 hours before rolling the dough.
  5. Form the dough into small balls and press down flat, or roll out the dough on a baking mat and use cookie cutters.
  6. On an ungreased cookie sheet, bake at 375 F for 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Cool on racks.



Glazed Fresh-Apple Cookies

From Lori Akey

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup apple juice or milk
  • 1 cup nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples

Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cream

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add egg and mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
  3. To the cream mix, alternately add the milk/juice and dry ingredients. Add nuts and apples.
  4. Bake at 375 F for 11 to 13 minutes.
  5. While dough is baking, combine ingredients for glaze.
  6. While cookies are hot, top with glaze.
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