Saturday, January 3, 2015

An Ode to Homemade Cookies Foodie Friday

I like many things about food. I like eating it, shopping for it, cooking and reading about it. In the last year I've come to enjoy writing about it, too. I especially enjoy writing about food in New York City. I tend to write about luxury items, like the fabled macarons of Laduree or very New York centric foods, like bagels at the local bagel shop. This Foodie Friday post is about food, but its focus is on neither luxury or local specialties. I'm toasting perhaps my favorite food, one found throughout America and many other countries as well, the homemade cookie.

I've not been known to throw away a store bought or restaurant cookie and I have fabulous memories of biscotti in Rome or the simple pleasure of an oreo and a glass of milk. However I can think of few food items that vie with the homemade cookie, especially the really good homemade cookie.  

Patricia's linzer tart Christmas stars
 
A favorite part of Christmas is sampling my friends' homemade cookies. This year there were no homemade cookies until New Year's Day, when my patience was richly rewarded. I had the pleasure of a being invited to a wonderful lunch at my friend Betsy's apartment. The main course was black eyed peas, but the dessert was two kinds of cookies and at risk of gaining five pounds on the first day of the new year, I refrained from eating every cookie on both plates. It was a struggle.
 
The linzer tarts pictured above were made by one of the guests' sister. I am not generally a fan of jam cookies, but these were so buttery and delicious that I may have become a fan, at least of Patricia's cookies. The other variety was Betsy's molasses cookies. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture, but they are one of my favorite kinds of cookies. I have memories of eating warm molasses cookies during our fifth grade trip to Sturbridge Village. Yes, that trip was fifty-four years ago, but such is the power of a really good cookie right out of the oven.  
 
What is your favorite homemade cookie?
 
My goals for this weekend are movies, exercise and putting the stuffed animals and snowmen away. I will be back this evening with my last photos of Christmas in New York for Pink Saturday and tomorrow I will be once again joining Sunlit Sunday. 
 
As always thanks for visiting and take very good care! 
 
I'm happy to join the fun with sweet Stephanie at the Roses of Inspiration link party. Guaranteed you will meet some of the nicest bloggers in all of BlogLand.  

16 comments:

Susie said...

Buttercup...I absolutely love cutout sugar cookies the best...with sugar sprinkles not frosting. I used to make oatmeal cookies all the time...cheap and easy. I am a cookie monster...that's my problem. LOL. I do love seeing those frosted macaroons you show us. The stars remind me of my dear neighbor..she used to make cookies for my daughters . Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Robyn Campbell said...

*waves to Carol* Those cookies look so delicious. We made cookies all through December. I gained several pounds in the process. Happy New Year. I hope 2015 brings you nothing but happiness. xoxo

Linda E said...

I just love cookies also...homemade are best, but I will never say no to a bought one either. I pray 2015 will be the best year ever for you!

Mary said...

Ooooo, homemade cookies are one of the greatest pleasures in the world. Molasses is one of my faves too. And Tollhouse.. and peanut butter, and shortbread, and snickerdoodles.. and Oreos, (though not homemade of course,) and oatmeal chocolate chip, and................

Mevely317 said...

Goodness. 'Just realized I've not enjoyed a homemade cookie in decades! Mother always made the best sugar cookies.

I almost(!) ordered a black/white last weekend (my first!) while introducing family to my fav deli ... but was too stuffed full. One of these days!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I would be hard pressed to choose between a good old fashioned oatmeal cooking and a nice thick buttery shortbread... {sigh} Now, you've made me hungry! LOL! Have a great day, Carol. blessings ~ tanna

Buttons said...

Oh Carol now I need a cookie:) I love oatmeal raisin cookies homemade and full of raisins and cinnamon. Betsy's cookies sound delicious. B

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Those cookies look wonderful. I made a few different kinds here this year and had plans to make more, but that never happened. Good thing as I have left overs to do for a while yet. Hard to pick a favorite though. Anything homemade always seems best.

Theresa said...

YUM! Me LOVES COOKIES:) I am working on losing a few pounds this year, no cookies for me! Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

Simply Linda said...

OHHHH Please don't make me just pick one, wink. No real plans here, just gearing up for back to 'school' at the end of the month. Blessings

From the Kitchen said...

I have many "favorite" cookies. I love to bake the, eat them and gift them. I love NYC bagels too!

Best,
Bonnie

Sola Scriptura said...

I've been eating way too many cookies this holiday season, and my clothes seem to have shrunk!

TARYTERRE said...

Those jam cookies look delicious. Glad you got to indulge to your heart's delight.

Deanna said...

Nothing like a good home-made cookie, I have the pleasure of receiving a tray full each Christmas from friends that bake dozens and dozens to give out to friends. Happy New Year, Carol!!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

This Christmas in Guatemala one of the customs I most missed from home is the homemade cookie sharing from friends and neighbors. The frosted sugar cookie is my absolute favorite. A lifelong friend of my mother's was Danish and always made the absolute best cookies. One was tied, deep-fat fried then sprinkled with powdered sugar. I could eat a pile of them!

Stephanie said...

Hi Carol! Your cookies look sooo good! I would love to bite into one right now :) I'm not sure if I could pick just one favorite cookie... I love Raspberry Thumbprints, Butter Cookies with buttercream frosting, chewy chocolate chip cookies, and the list could go on and on.

Thanks for sharing at Roses of Inspiration, my friend. I hope you join us again next week. Hugs!