Cookie Recipes

Rosewater Shortbread
Rosewater Shortbread - December 10, 2014

Although it's holiday cookie season, I can't help but share these - buttery whole wheat shortbreads fragrant with rosewater, flecked with toasted nuts, and dried rose petals.

Thinnest Oatmeal Cookies
Thinnest Oatmeal Cookies - December 14, 2012

One of the easiest cookies I know how to make - made from rolled oats, they're razor thin and lacy, golden, freckled with poppy seeds, with and anise accent from crushed fennel seeds.

Whole Bean Vanilla Cookies
Whole Bean Vanilla Cookies - July 18, 2012

Snappy, small, fragrant, vanilla wafer cookies made with a whole vanilla pod. The entire thing!

Toasted Almond Sables
Toasted Almond Sables - March 31, 2011

Toasty, nutty sable cookies made with whole wheat flour, sliced almonds, currents and salted butter. And a peek at some of my favorite vintage cookie cutters.

Biscotti al Pistacchio
Biscotti al Pistacchio - October 20, 2010

Charming little bite-sized, powder-coated pistachio cookies inspired by a visit to Mona Talbott's kitchen and the Rome Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy in Rome.



 
 
 
 
Olive Biscuit Cookies
Olive Biscuit Cookies - September 21, 2010

Adapted from a Susan Herrmann Loomis recipe - charming, snappy, salty-sweet olive-flecked shortbread deliciousness. Quirky yet sophisticated, they exist in some middle Earth realm between cracker and cookie.

Limoncello Macaroons
Limoncello Macaroons - September 2, 2010

A limoncello macaroon recipe along with a batch of photos from a cabin weekend in Mendocino. The cookies are golden-crusted, powder-coated, almond-citrus gems spiked with limoncello liqueur my sister made for me.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - July 17, 2010

I'm posting this recipe not because these are the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies ever of all time. They're good, but...I'm posting the recipe, because they make amazing ice cream sandwich cookies. And it's prime ice cream sandwich season.

Quinoa Cloud Cookies
Quinoa Cloud Cookies - May 14, 2010

Cookies made from toasted quinoa and wheat flours, flecked with chocolate shavings, rolled and stamped into cloud shapes.

Chocolate Puddle Cookies
Chocolate Puddle Cookies - February 9, 2010

I came across a cookie when I visited Portland, it was a crackle-edged puddle of chocolate with a texture that made me think of the collision between a soft meringue and a fudgy brownie.

Sparkling Ginger Chip Cookies
Sparkling Ginger Chip Cookies - December 4, 2009

I made these for Lottie & Doof's 12 DAYS OF COOKIES. They are tiny, bite-sized holiday cookies made with two kinds of ginger and lots of shaved chocolate. The turbinado sugar crust gives them a bit of crunch which is a nice contrast to the ooey-goey chocolate.

Apple and Carrot Shortbread
Apple and Carrot Shortbread - October 25, 2009

An apple and carrot-flecked shortbread recipe inspired by a recipe I came across in Good Tempered Food by Tamasin Day-Lewis.

Marathon Cookies
Marathon Cookies - July 29, 2009

I made these cookies for Wayne to eat when he finished the San Francisco Marathon. The batter is made with pureed white beans, lots of oats, and whole wheat flour. The resulting cookies are sesame coated and flavored with aniseed, lemon zest, olive oil and chopped dates. They are beautifully tender, licorice-scented, with a bit of crunch from the sesame seed coating.

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies
Carrot Oatmeal Cookies - March 26, 2009

One of my favorite cookies - a carrot oatmeal cookie sweetened with maple syrup. They are made with fragrant coconut oil, plenty of chopped walnuts, rolled oats, and a bit of fresh ginger. They also happen to be egg-free and vegan.

Honey-sweetened Thumbprint Cookies
Honey-sweetened Thumbprint Cookies - March 5, 2009

A simple thumbprint cookie recipe. Made with whole wheat pastry flour and oats, and sweetened with honey instead of granulated sugar.

Itsy Bitsy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Itsy Bitsy Chocolate Chip Cookies - February 4, 2009

The perfect bite-sized chocolate chip cookie. Tiny, thin, golden, crisp, a bit nutty with plenty of shaved chocolate.

Triple Ginger Cookies
Triple Ginger Cookies - January 14, 2009

This ginger cookie recipe is made special with three kinds of ginger and a hint of lemon zest. Cracked and sugar-crusted on the outside, dense and moist within.

Sante's Hermit Cookies
Sante's Hermit Cookies - December 17, 2008

My friend Sante shared his hermit recipe with me - a simple, drop-style, spice cookie loaded with tiny currants, chopped walnuts, and finished with a bit of icing.

Swedish Rye Cookies
Swedish Rye Cookies - December 11, 2008

Powder-kissed and pretty, these Swedish Rye cookies are perfect for holiday cookie enthusiasts who are after a not-too-sweet, shortbread-style butter cookie.

Animal Cracker Cookies
Animal Cracker Cookies - October 2, 2008

Kids love these animal-shaped cookies. They bake up fragrant, golden and crisp and are made from whole wheat pastry flour, a dollop of coconut oil, shredded coconut, ground walnuts, a touch of salt, and as little sugar as I thought I could get away with.

Nikki's Healthy Cookies
Nikki's Healthy Cookies - September 14, 2008

A remarkable healthy cookie recipe - banana-batter, shredded coconut, dark chocolate chunks, and oats. Butter-less, flour-less, egg-less, and potentially sugar-less cookies make great after school or after work treats.

Brown Sugar Sandwich Cookies
Brown Sugar Sandwich Cookies - August 28, 2008

Chocolate stuffed sandwich cookie recipe made with a poppy-flecked brown sugar dough.

Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies - July 23, 2008

Not your typical peanut butter cookie recipe - but just as good. Tastes pretty darn close to the classic bu without all that butter, and with maple syrup in place of the white sugar. Vegan, egg-free, and easily made wheat-free if you like.

Banana Chip Cookies
Banana Chip Cookies - June 15, 2008

A riff on one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. This version features banana chips, chocolate chips, toasted walnuts, toasted wheat germ, and whole wheat pastry flour.

Nibby Buckwheat Butter Cookies
Nibby Buckwheat Butter Cookies - March 27, 2008

Alice Medrich's twist on a traditional butter cookie recipe from her latest book, Pure Dessert. She uses a knock-out blend of all-purpose and buckwheat flours.

Anzac Cookies
Anzac Cookies - March 10, 2008

Anzacs are made from oats, coconut, and flour coming together in a butter-kissed dough. You end up with a hearty, sturdy cookie, that isn't overly sweet, with little fuss.

Pine Nut Rosemary Shortbread
Pine Nut Rosemary Shortbread - December 16, 2007

A twist on the shortbread recipe I included in my book -perfectly golden pine nuts and just enough rosemary and lemon zest to infuse the buttery sweet dough with fragrance and flavor.

Minty Chocolate Christmas Cookies
Minty Chocolate Christmas Cookies - December 11, 2007

This cookie combines thin chocolate wafers with a thick, creamy peppermint filling. A wonderful holiday or Christmas cookie.

Spooky Ghost Meringues
Spooky Ghost Meringues - October 31, 2007

A fun meringue recipe that enables you to shape the meringue into seasonal shapes - ghosts for halloween, or snowmen for the holidays

Grown-up Fig Cookies
Grown-up Fig Cookies - October 22, 2007

A grown-up twist on the figgy classic. This filling for this fig cookie recipe is dried figs that are marinated overnight in port and pomegranate juice and then pureed. They also happen to be gluten-free.

Madeleines
Madeleines - August 21, 2007

Perfect, golden, scalloped madeleines. From a favorite recipe shared with me by a friend and long-time Madeleine baker.

Hearst Castle Shortbread Cookies
Hearst Castle Shortbread Cookies - July 25, 2007

A beautiful, buttery shortbread cookie recipe straight from the Hearst Castle kitchen.

Gingerbread Man Cookies (on sticks!)
Gingerbread Man Cookies (on sticks!) - December 7, 2006

A delicious, traditional tasting, yet healthier gingerbread cookie recipe that includes white whole wheat flour, more assertive spices, and less refined sweeteners. You wont miss the traditional version. They are very cute on popsicle sticks.

Mexican Wedding Cookies - Whole Grain
Mexican Wedding Cookies - Whole Grain - June 22, 2006

A good Mexican wedding cookie recipe results in a tender nutty, butter-based cookie topped with an extravagant blizzard of powdered sugar.

Triple Chocolate Espresso Bean Cookies
Triple Chocolate Espresso Bean Cookies - May 25, 2006

Dark chocolate cookie recipe, each cookie pumped full of lots of freshly ground espresso powder.

Homemade and All-natural Thin Mint Recipe
Homemade and All-natural Thin Mint Recipe - March 12, 2006

As promised, an all-natural Thin Mint recipe for you. No shortening, no trans-fats from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils - just good old-fashioned butter, cocoa, vanilla, sugar, chocolate, whole grain flour, and peppermint turned into delicious, thin minty goodness.

Great Chocolate Chip Cookies from David Lebovitz's Great Book of Chocolate
Great Chocolate Chip Cookies from David Lebovitz's Great Book of Chocolate - April 11, 2005

If you like a serious chocolate chip cookie, this is the recipe. A high chip to dough ratio guarantees lots of chocolate in every bite, and the walnuts add crunch, density, and a delicious flavor to the overall mix. They are that good.

Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookie
Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookie - December 17, 2004

A chocolate peppermint bark cookie recipe featuring a rich chocolate dough punctuated by generous amount of chopped peppermint bark and mini chocolate chips.

Maya's Day of the Dead Cookies - October 26, 2004

Fun Alice Medrich Day of the Dead skull cookie recipe made from vanilla and chocolate dough.

Peppermint Bark Chocolate Chip Cookie
Peppermint Bark Chocolate Chip Cookie - December 8, 2003

A great peppermint bark cookie recipe using one of my favorite cookie doughs and peppered with a generous amount of chopped peppermint bark.