The Best Cookies to Bake for Labor Day
Labor Day is an annual tribute to American workers whose grit, grace, and creativity have strengthened the prosperity and well-being of our country. Celebrate the achievements of your hard-working friends and family — including yourself — with some scrumptious cookies. Whether you want to roll up your sleeves and create a gourmet goodie or whip up something fun and easy in the kitchen with the kids, we've got 15 cookies that will deliver on the deliciousness. Here's to a sweet Labor Day!
Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies
This five-star recipe combines oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chips for a cookie with fabulous texture and major flavor. Have fun with it and use dark chocolate chips, chunky peanut butter, or even Reese's peanut butter cups for added oomph.
Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles
With it's crispy edges and chewy center, this classic cookie is a crowd-pleasing hit every time. "These wonderful cinnamon-sugar cookies became very popular with my friends at church," says recipe creator Beth Sigworth. "My pastor loves them! You will too!"
Chocolate Mint Cookies
This cookie is a chocolate-mint lover's dream. Not only is it delicious — with its delectable cookie and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate-mint icing — but it's also a breeze to make! Some cooks substitute Andes Mints or add green sprinkles. Whatever your personal spin, expect a simply sumptuous cookie.
Macaron (French Macaroon)
Want a baking challenge with a super-sweet reward? Make these authentic French macarons! "I am a baker's apprentice, and after much trial and error, we (the baker and I) finally perfected the technique," says Elle. "These are like cloud cookie sandwiches and are delicious if done correctly … Enjoy!"
Grandma's Gingersnap Cookies
"This melt-in-your-mouth ginger cookie recipe that I received from my grandmother has been enjoyed in my family since 1899," says Marie Ayers. This highly rated recipe skews away from the gingersnap "snap" and more towards grandma's comfort-food version: a softer ginger cookie that will win you loads of compliments.
For that classic peanut-butter-and-chocolate combo, these peanut blossoms hit the spot. Its peanut butter base is topped with a milk chocolate candy, which becomes melty and warm as the cookie becomes perfectly browned around the edges. Enjoy with a nice cold glass of milk!
Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Bright citrus notes intermingle with subtle vanilla in a pillowy soft cookie with a crispy "crinkle" crust. Tart and refreshing acidity from real lemon juice shines through in this dazzling dessert. You'll have a hard time staying away from the cookie tin with this addictive recipe!
Chef John's Rosemary Shortbread Cookies
These classic shortbread cookies shine with the addition of rosemary. While some might furrow their brow at this herbaceous spin, Chef John argues that "they're actually better than the original. There's something so interesting about how the subtle hit of resinous herb works with this sweet, buttery cookie."
Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
By "spicy," this recipe moniker means all of those warming spices that stir nostalgic memories of holiday baking. Cinnamon and cloves mingle with brown sugar, vanilla, oats, and raisins. "They make your kitchen smell wonderful while they are baking," says Beth Sigworth.
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Crunchy macadamia nuts and sweet white chocolate chips give this cookie its impressive substance and to-die-for flavor. Buttery-sweet white chocolate morsels anchor the gooey center while savory nuts give the cookie a toothsome bite.
Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
For the peanut butter fanatic, this classic cookie is the only one worth eating. Peanut butter lovers remain fiercely loyal to their favorite cookie flavor and with a recipe like this one, it will be nearly impossible to change their minds.
The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
If you're looking for a cookie recipe that allows for creativity, look no further! Cut the sugar cookies into your desired shapes then paint your design with a simple dyed confectioners sugar icing. The kids will love this activity, and the super-tasty cookies! "Whenever you make these cookies for someone, be sure to bring along several copies of the recipe," says J. Saunders. "You will be asked for it, I promise!"
"This recipe has won many 1st place ribbons at my state fair," says Kristil Kimbro Lyle. Even folks who say they don't like coconut will find these decadent macaroons irresistible.
No Bake Cookies
Oven-less and craving a cookie? This no-bake cocoa, peanut butter, and oats cookie is your answer. The secret's in the boiling: "Start timing when mixture reaches a full rolling boil," says Denise. "If you boil too long, the cookies will be dry and crumbly. If you don't boil long enough, the cookies won't form properly."
Perfect Thumbprint Cookies
Many of us have childhood memories of this classic dessert. Shortbread cookies with grandma's thumbprint indentation, filled with your favorite fruit jam. The fruity condiment is a perfect complement to the buttery melt-in-your-mouth shortbread — it's a match made in heaven!