M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies


My husband and I both go through cookie moods. Every once in a while we just feel the need to have a cookie or two. So when he suggested to make some cookies, who am I to argue? The problem now is what kind of cookies to make. So I go look in my pantry and of course like any food blogger my pantry is fully stocked with all kinds of chocolate chips, M&Ms, skor bits, peanut butter chips, pecans, walnuts, raisins, you name it, I got it. In my pantry you can find all the makings of your … [Read more...]

Day 11: Chai Chocolate Chip Biscotti


Welcome to day 11 of 12 days of Christmas! I'd like to apologize in advance for anything stupid I may say in this post, but I had a glass of white wine and I'm a very cheap drunk. But the good news is, my baking mania is almost over, 1 day left and I sure hope you guys have tried making some if not all of these cookies. Now there are only 3 shopping days left, not counting Christmas eve here, and I sure hope you guys are done your shopping because it's crazy out there, it's a mad … [Read more...]

Day 10: English Thumbprint Cookies

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Welcome to day 10 of 12 days of Christmas! Yes, I'm still making cookies. Only a few days left until Christmas so I am taking advantage of this. I love these cookies. They are so gorgeous and so delicious. I make them for every holiday and then some. They are so much fun to make, well if you enjoy baking, and let me not mention how much I love to taste them. These cookies are a staple at my house for the holidays and everybody just loves them. I just realized that a lot of the stuff I've … [Read more...]

Day 9: Poppy Seed Rugelach


Welcome to Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas! Are you tired of cookies yet? Only a few more days left, but I hope I've inspired a few of you to try some of these recipes. I for one love cookies. I could probably live on cookies. I can't stop shoving cookies in my mouth. I keep saying this cookie is my favorite or this one, but the truth is, I love all cookies. I'm an equal opportunity cookie lover, if that even makes sense. I should just open a bakery and sell my cookies, at least then I … [Read more...]

Day 8: Chocolate Orange Crackles


Welcome to Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas! I really hope you're following me along with 12 days of cookies because I'm having lots of fun baking and trying not to eat everything I've made. Oh these cookies! These chocolate orange crackles! These cookies were killing me!! 3 times I had to try before I succeeded. 3 times! I just couldn't get the chocolate, butter and sugar to be nice and smooth. I wasted lots of butter, chocolate and sugar. But you know what they say. 3rd time's a … [Read more...]

Day 7: Lime Meltaways


Welcome to Day 7 of 12 days of Christmas! No more chocolate today, my friends. Today these cookies are all about limes. We need variety in our cookies, and a lime is something you don't see often in a cookie. Sure I'll have more chocolate cookies for you, but let's focus on these lime meltaways. The name itself suggests they simply melt in your mouth, and they do. I love these cookies, such a refreshing change. I made these lime meltaways last weekend and brought most of them to work. … [Read more...]

Day 6: Chocolate Fudge Cherry Cookies


Welcome to Day 6 of 12 days of Christmas! We're half way there! There's chocolate overload with this recipe! What happens when you put together a chocolate cookie topped with chocolate fudge and double topped with maraschino cherries, both red and green? You get a chocolate fudge cherry cookie! Aren't these the most adorable cookies you've ever seen and the most festive? I made my poor husband go and look for green maraschino cherries because I just wanted to have both red and green and he … [Read more...]

Day 4: Yuletide Coconut Cherry Cookies


Whew! I'm so glad it's the weekend, it's been a crazy busy week. I've been juggling work, Christmas shopping, grocery shopping, blogging, and of course planning for the holidays. And the weather has not helped at all, it's been cold and miserable. I'm just glad it's the weekend and I don't have much planned besides spending time with my husband and my beagle and baking while listening to Christmas carols or watching Christmas movies. It's going to be a fun weekend, my kind of weekend around this … [Read more...]

Day 3: Checkerboard Cookies


Day 3 of Christmas cookies brings us to these pretty checkerboard cookies. They're not as hard to make as you think, it's simple cookie dough, one plain and one with cocoa powder for the chocolate dough. I love these cookies, they're so cute, just adorable. I could hardly wait to make these cookies. I made them once before and they look so pretty that everyone was so impressed with them and wanted to know how they're made. See this is why I love this time of year! I'm having so much fun … [Read more...]

Day 2: Chocolate Pecan Snowballs


12 days of Christmas continues at Jo Cooks with day 2 featuring my favorite Christmas cookies, these delicious chocolate pecan snowballs. I thought it was only fair that today I share with you my favorite when yesterday I shared my husband's favorite cookies. Let me start by saying these cookies I'm sharing the recipes with you here are extremely popular. I wouldn't share them if they didn't pass the taste test. I took a big container of all the cookies I made to work and they were all gone … [Read more...]

Day 1: Chocolate Pecan Thumbprint Cookies


Jo Cooks 12 Days of Cookies 2013! And so it begins! As promised this year for the first time on Jo Cooks I'm doing 12 days of Christmas featuring 12 of my favorite cookie recipes. I'm starting off with my husband's favorite, these chocolate and pecan thumbprint cookies. Besides the fact that they are the most adorable little cookies I've ever seen they taste amazing. So here's the story. I baked lots of cookies this past Saturday and I had put them all in boxes so I can give them to … [Read more...]

Classic Shortbread Cookies


Let the baking begin! I love the month of December. I get to bake lots of cookies and share it with all my friends. Baking around the holidays is so nostalgic for me. I love to bake in my kitchen as I listen to Christmas music, sometimes the same song over and over, because I have a handful of Christmas songs that I absolutely love. But the trick to baking lots of cookies is coming up with new recipes all the time. I know there are thousands of cookie recipes out there, but I want to bake the … [Read more...]