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Raspberry and Chocolate Thumbprints

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Nothing signals the imminent holiday season like baking cookies. I don't think there is another month in the year where cookie consumption is so high. With all the varieties avaiable, it's no wonder. My own family has many favorites, but it seems like the common thread throughout them all is chocolate. This slightly different version of the classic thumbprint is just the ticket. Not to sweet and just chocolatey enough to satisfy.

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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

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Thumbprint cookies are an old-fashioned treat, a little cookie well holding a dot of jam. Here, they're reinterpreted with walnut oil and whole-wheat pastry flour for today's healthier eating standards - and, of course, with...

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Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies

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These sweet, moist pumpkin butterscotch cookies cookies are an autumn treat. Get Alison Needham's great recipe here.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These delicious, chewy chocolate chip cookies are made with whole wheat flour and hugely healthy. Kids will never know the difference! Get Catherine Newman's yummy version here.

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Sugar Cookies for Aunt Lucinda

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There's nothing that matches the simple joy of a perfect sugar cookie. These are buttery and soft, just the way kids love them.

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Nanaimo Bars

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These are only known to my family as Grandma's Chocolate Squares. My paternal grandmother made these and my mother took to making them for Christmas. I don't recall a Christmas without them. However, when my older brother discovered that they weren't Grandma's creation, but instead a winning recipe from Nanaimo, B.C., well, we may have been disillusioned, but we weren't all too sad. After all, we still have the recipe!

These are layered and luscious -- so rich that I only make one pan -- although, you know the kids would like a pan each.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Who doesn't have a favorite cookie? I certainly do, and I recently asked my children what their favorites are. I was surprised that I didn't hear the ever-popular "chocolate chip" from each of them. Instead, the answers were as individual as they are. They like everything from my grandmother's Confetti Drops to Macadamia Nut. This recipe is my personal favorite and the kids certainly don't turn their noses up at it.

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Benne Seed Wafers

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The Christmas cookies I make for my family are pretty much the same from year to year, but there is always one that's different; the one we bake to give. Before I start, I pull out my favorite cookie cookbooks, old saved editions of Christmas magazines and my family recipes and pore over it all to find just the right cookie for gift-giving.

This year's cookie has yet to be decided, but this is one we've had this year and it is in the running so far.

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Date Bran Jingle Balls

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Trisha Kruse, an administrative assistant, created quick, easy, no-bake date-nut balls to fill that special niche in your holiday repertoire.

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One Nutty Date

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Financial advisor Linda Croley was inspired by childhood memories of a family treat when she created these peanut butter-date cookies. "I get a great feeling when I bite into these cookies and think of my family who are around me...

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