A yummy blend of oatmeal, chopped caramels, walnuts and chopped apples make this cookie a winner. The richest version features true caramel candies, but you can substitute caramel-flavored chips in a pinch. They don’t deliver the same gooey sweetness as the candy, but the flavor comes close. Because of the apple, these cookies are moist. Store in layers separated by parchment sheets. Refrigerate if you plan on storing them beyond a few days—if they last that long. For a variation, try different nuts, including black walnut, hickory or pecans.
Got anything left in the candy bucket once the trick-or-treaters have come and gone? Chop up the leftovers (anything with chocolate works!), fold into Jeff Mauro's easy cookie dough and bake up a batch of post-Halloween treats.
Whether you're planning a winter birthday party, simple play date or large-scale holiday party, gathering the kids around a warm fondue station full of sweet treats is an easy and fun way to celebrate.
This year, swap those traditional candy conversation hearts for something homemade and customized. Make vanilla sandwich cookies and use a custom stamp-setting kit and food-safe decorating pen to create personalized and scrumptious messages right on top.
Use a traditional sugar cookie dough and make slight adjustments in order to create four very different and very scrumptious Christmas cookies. From candied orange to cashews to sugar crystals, each cookie has a unique look and flavor to set it apart at your next holiday gathering.
As cupcakes, cake pops and s'mores continue to dominate the dessert world, why not make your own creation with one-of-a-kind ice cream cookies? Create a gourmet basket packed with ice-cream essentials and air-tight jars filled with sprinkles, nuts, caramel and hot fudge. When it's time for your friend to entertain, they can set up a self-serve ice cream cookie station.
Use part of the gift for gift wrap by tying on a vintage Christmas cookie cutter with gold ribbon to the gift box. Keep the rest of the gift on theme by giving a cookie recipe book, some fun sprinkles and a rolling pin.