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Sugar Cookie Bars

Our Sunday friends have fallen in love with Lofthouse cookies, a very soft sugar cookie frosted with colorful icing found in the baking section of most grocery stores. I’m looking for a great recipe for homemade Lofthouse cookies, but this version caught my eye because they’re made in bar form. If you need a sweet treat for a kid’s school party or to feed a crowd, these are great. Customize the color of the icing and the type of sprinkles for any theme.

Yield: 12 to 15 bars Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Candy Cane Blossoms

Bake these soft sugar cookies, rolled in red or green sugar sprinkles until just done, and then press a peppermint-striped Hershey kiss into the top of each cookie. They’re the perfect holiday project for a child eagerly awaiting Santa’s visit.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies Total time: 3 hours

Jamy’s Chocolate Buttons

These cookies contain 13 oz. of three different kinds of chocolate, but only 1/4 cup of flour. I’m not sure how that works, but they’re delicious.

Yield: About 40 cookies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

The perfect cookie dough is layered with caramel, sprinkled with fleur de sel, and baked until golden.

Yield: 16 bars Total time: 45 minutes

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Cherries & Pecans

Chocolate, dried cherries, pecans, and oats make for a perfect cookie.

Yield: 24 cookies Total time: 1 hour

Cat’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our friend Cat has a rule – have the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies in the house at all times. This is the recipe she’s always ready to bake.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies Total time: 2 hours

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

If anything is worth finding the perfect recipe for, it’s the chocolate chip cookie. This famous recipe from the New York Times calls for making the dough a day ahead and chilling it, using high-quality chocolate discs, and sprinkling the tops of the cookies with sea salt.

Yield: 18 cookies Total time: 37 hours

Nikki’s Healthy Cookies

These butter-less, flour-less, egg-less (but delicious!) cookies contain ripe mashed banana, coconut oil, oats, almond meal, coconut, and chocolate.

Yield: 3 dozen bite-sized cookies Total time: 45 minutes

Double Dark Chocolate Chipotle Cookies

These warm and decadent cookies contain cocoa powder, melted chocolate, and chocolate chunks, as well as crushed dried chipotle peppers.

Yield: 3 dozen Total time: 2 hours

Heather’s Chocolate Chip Pastry Cookies

Heather made these pinwheels of puff pastry, softened cream cheese, and chocolate chips when my parents visited her and my brother for Christmas. Mom said they were heavenly straight out of the oven.

Yield: 2 dozen Total time: 2 hours