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The Holidays are almost here!

Here’s a fun roundup of treats and cookies I’ve made over the past years here at CW at all of the many parties I’ve baked for. Some new ones are on the list for this year, but for now I’ll share my tried and true.

Any and all of these are a good go-to if you’re looking for some tasty inspiration!

Enjoy! And Thank you all SO much for reading over the years. Cooking Whims has been around since 2009 — can you believe it??? Here’s to many more years, recipes, and fun! Happy Holidays!

Lots of love,


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>> Classic Sugar Cookies <<

These sugar cookies are incredibly festive and hit the spot! They’re your classic, slightly crunchy, perfectly sweet sugar cookies — something everyone at the table will love.

>> Chocolate Crinkle Cookies <<

I made these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies a few years ago and they were gone in a flash — and I believe it was snowing at the time — perfect timing ;)

>> Snickerdoodles <<

In my opinion, these are the best Snickerdoodles you’ll make. They’re from the Better Homes and Gardens NEW Junior Cookbook circa 1979. And they just scream “childhood” to me — because they were a go-to when we were kids! Also, a classic on the holiday dessert tray.

>> Nutella Filled Cookie Cups <<

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What’s a Christmas party without some chocolate? Specifically chocolate hazelnut? Specifically…..NUTELLA. These are devilishly good. So good you can’t eat just one. You can’t eat just five. Everyone will go nuts over these.

>> Peanut Butter Blossoms <<

These little bite-sized treats end up on so many cookie platters. What’s not to like with a combo of peanut butter and chocolate? (p.s….can you tell some of these pictures are from my early days..? ;) ;) ;) )

>> Oreo Truffles <<

These Oreo Truffles are positively sinful. Make them holiday-themed by coating them in festive sprinkles!

>> Whoopie Pies <<

My mom used to make these Whoopie Pies as a rare (and AMAZING) treat when we were kids. I’ve had a lot of store bought whoopie pies in my day, and those could not, would not, will not ever compare to this recipe. It’s the best one out there. The cakes come out perfectly fluffy. The filling is not pure cream and sugar — but light and airy because it’s made with Fluff. MMpphh. So. Good.

>> Pretzel Kisses <<

Some of my favorite holiday treats to munch on are Pretzel Kisses. They are the perfect combo of sweet and salty, and you can basically eat them morning, noon, or night!

>> Peanut Butter Blondies <<

These blondies have a fun twist — the addition of peanut butter and mini chocolate chips! These are a great treat, in that good, stick-to-your-ribs kind of peanut butter way.

>> Lemon Sugar Cookies <<

Put a different spin on the classic sugar cookie and add some lemons to the mix. These cookies are crunchy and chewy at the same time — with a hint of lemon and dusted with sugar…..there’s no way there will be any of these leftover on the plate if you leave them out all night :)

>> Chocolate Rum Cake <<

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The chocolate rum cake that will get everyone drunk. No. Really. This cake packs a BIG punch. Make it with all the booze called for, or cut it in half. It’ll still knock you out ;) But goodness, does it taste good.

>> Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte <<

And to impress all the Reeses Lovers in your life, there’s this incredibly rich chocolate peanut butter torte. You will only need a very small slice and a tall glass of milk to go with it, but it’s SO worth the calories. (And everyone will praise you!)

Hope this roundup inspires you to get off your bum and bake, bake, bake! See you all in the NEW YEAR because CW is off to California for two weeks! I’ll be wining and dining near the shores of Carmel and then in San Fran…….:D :D :D