The Times' top cookie recipes

Recipe: Mom's chocolate chip cookies

8:47 PM EDT, May 15, 2013

Recipe: Mom's chocolate chip cookies

Mom's chocolate chip cookies

Culinary SOS: Farmeeoh cookies

November 4, 2010

Culinary SOS: Farmeeoh cookies

 

Recipe: Lime and black pepper cookies

October 14, 2010

Recipe: Lime and black pepper cookies

Lime and black pepper cookies

Recipe: Tangerine and thyme chocolate chip cookies

October 14, 2010

Recipe: Tangerine and thyme chocolate chip cookies

Tangerine and thyme chocolate chip cookies

Culinary SOS: Walnut praline shortbread cookies

July 8, 2010

Culinary SOS: Walnut praline shortbread cookies

My husband and I really enjoy Mountain Restaurant, which we find to be one of Southern California's hidden jewels. Among their delicious offerings is a walnut praline shortbread cookie. Can you get us the recipe?

Recipe: Curry shortbread

October 14, 2010

Recipe: Curry shortbread

Curry shortbread

HOLIDAY BAKING SPECIAL

Drumroll, please: Our Top 10 (But there are plenty more, too!)

The results are in: The Times tasting panel gathered recently in The Times test kitchen to taste and judge two dozen entries to the Great Cookie Challenge. Here are our Top 10. Still want more? We've got plenty of recipes for you to try this holiday season. If we missed any of your favorites, please e-mail us at food@latimes.com.

Recipe: Gingerbread people

5:46 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Recipe: Gingerbread people

Total time: 1 1/2 hours, plus chilling time (up to 1 week) for the dough

Recipe: Springerle cookies

5:46 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Recipe: Springerle cookies

Total time: 2 hours, plus resting and overnight drying time

Recipe: Peanut and bittersweet chocolate cookies

5:46 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Recipe: Peanut and bittersweet chocolate cookies

Total time: 1 hour, plus overnight chilling time

Recipe: Apricot butter cookies

5:46 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Recipe: Apricot butter cookies

Total time: 1 hour, plus overnight chilling

Recipe: Coffee-walnut cookies

January 2, 2008

Recipe: Coffee-walnut cookies

Total time: 1 hour, plus overnight chilling time

Recipe: Cherry thumbprints

Recipe: Cherry thumbprints

Total time: 1 hour

Recipe: Rosemary pine nut cookies

Recipe: Rosemary pine nut cookies

Total time: 2 hours, 10 minutes, plus chilling time

Recipe: Hazelnut meringues with orange sherbet

March 19, 2008

Recipe: Hazelnut meringues with orange sherbet

Total time: 1 1/2 hours, plus 2 hours drying time for the meringues

Chiller cookies

COOKING

Chiller cookies

FINDING a stash of cookie dough in the refrigerator (OK, even if you put it there yourself) is like discovering a spa gift certificate in your Christmas stocking: It promises near-instant gratification and delicious enjoyment. After all, this season maybe you've already cured and roasted a turkey, baked three pies, whipped up a couple of gallons of eggnog and set up a fantastic brunch for the morning-after crowd. Making refrigerator cookies, so fantastically simple, qualifies as kitchen relaxation therapy.

December 13, 2006

Pistachio butter cookies

Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

December 13, 2006

Orange madeleines

Total time: 1 hour, plus 2 hours chilling time

December 13, 2006

Chocolate sablé cookies

Total time: 50 minutes, plus several hours chilling time

Cranberry pistachio biscotti

5:46 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Cranberry pistachio biscotti

Total time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, plus cooling time

December 13, 2006

Gingerbread macarons

Total time: 2 hours, 50 minutes (includes resting time before baking) plus cooling time for compote

December 13, 2006

Chocolate espresso cookies

Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

December 13, 2006

Raisin-filled sugar and spice cookies

Total time: 55 minutes, plus chilling time of 2 to 3 hours

Apple-butter-filled gingerbread cookies

Total time: 1 hour, plus 4 hours chilling

Sesame tuiles

Total time: 30 minutes, plus 1 hour chilling

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