Cookie Recipes

Rosewater Shortbread
Rosewater Shortbread

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

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.

Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodles
Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodles

The Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodle recipe from The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes.

Whole Bean Vanilla Cookies
Whole Bean Vanilla Cookies

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

Toasted Almond Sables
Toasted Almond Sables

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.





Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies

Made using 100% whole wheat flour and hand-chopped chocolate chips, this is a skillet-baked twist on Kim Boyce's celebrated Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Biscotti al Pistacchio
Biscotti al Pistacchio

Charming little bite-sized, powder-coated pistachio biscotti 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

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

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

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

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

Chocolate Puddle Cookies
Chocolate Puddle Cookies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spooky Ghost Meringues
Spooky Ghost Meringues

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

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

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

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

Gingerbread Man Cookies (on sticks!)
Gingerbread Man Cookies (on sticks!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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