Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - 21 - Thirteen Favorite Cookies

I've been missing Ontario lately, which made me think of the Empire cookies I used to love when I was there. They seemed to only be available in the summer, and they weren't easy to find. The first time I tried them was on a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Such a delectable discovery. For today's Thursday Thirteen, here are some of my favorite cookies.













1 - Empire Cookies The best thing about them is the tart raspberry filling contrasting with the sweet icing.













2 - Cowboy Cookies My old boyfriend's mom used to load these up with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, raisins, chopped walnuts and coconut. Mmm! President's Choice in Canada has an All-in-One cookie that comes fairly close.







3 - Hermit Cookies I buy the Superstore Bakery hermit cookies a lot. Yummy! The spicy/raisin combo is the draw with hermit cookies.





4 - Traditional Scottish Shortbread Cookies For some reason I always prefer shortbread when it's in petticoats instead of the thicker fingers. But I'll never say no to shortbread, no matter what shape it is.










5 - No-Bake Coconut Macaroons
In junior high we made these in Home Ec class, and I was instantly smitten. Chocolate and coconut are two things I just can't resist.






6 - Christmas Sugar Cookies My mom has always made sugar cookies at Christmas, and when we were kids she turned decorating them into a party. She used to make tons so that whoever came to the party could take home their icing masterpieces. We still try to do our Cookie Decorating Party if we can.








7 - Jam-Filled Cookies My best friend's mom used to make these. I always thought they were terribly exotic!














8 - Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies When it comes to chocolate chip, I want the chunkiest chocolate that a cookie can stand.






9 - Belgian Cookies in Tins I love to collect tins, especially antique ones, so I have a weakness for the European butter cookies that come in tins. Especially the ones dipped in chocolate.








10 - Gingersnaps

When money was extreeemly tight one Christmas while I was at film school, I stayed up late on Dec. 23rd baking gingersnaps and peanut butter cookies for my husband and my sister so I'd have something to put in their stockings.






11 - Peanut Butter Cookies Gram used to bake these a lot when my husband and I lived upstairs at her place in Yarmouth. She was still in her 80's and baked and cooked all day while I was at work at A Buck or Two. I never said no to the peanut butter cookies!








12 - Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, as well. Even plain old oatmeal cookies will do in a pinch. I love the chewiness of oatmeal cookies.










13 - Peek Freans Fruit Cremes

Often with potato chips or peanuts, eating one leads to another and then another. Peek Frean Fruit Cremes are that way for me. If I eat one, I eat half a bag!

Ok, now I'm hungry for cookies...

22 comments:

Miss Frou Frou said...

Hi, I'm hungry now... here in Australia, we call cookies, biscuits, and one of the most famous of all is the Tim Tam...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Tam

They have the equivalent number of calories as eating a hamburger... but are delicious.. particularly if you have a Tim Tam Slam - biting the corner of each end and sucking up coffee through the biscuit...yum!

Akelamalu said...

Look Missus I'm supposed to be on a diet here!

Ann Aguirre said...

You made me hungry for cookies too.

I once got these amazing maple cookies from Vermont, I think it was. Dang, I want some of those.

nikita said...

ok so now even i am hungry for coookies!!!!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Oh, Julia. First it was Michelle at Scribbit posting about baking cookies and now this list... if the girls come play after school, we're baking cookies together. If not, I'm shoving #2 in the car and driving out to the Cookie Queen and picking up some of HER goodies.

Mmm. So much for my upset stomach -- it's upset because it wants cookies!

Rhet said...

Thirteen Favorite Cookies!

Shame on you!
Some Canuck you are!

Favourite!

Camille Alexa said...

Would 'Sweet' be an appropriate comment?

julia said...

Yes, Rhet, it's true - in the blogosphere I use American spelling. It does actually take some getting used to. As a proud Canadian, I use the 'u' in favourite at every turn. But as a writer with designs on American publication, well, when in Rome...

Samantha Lucas said...

OMG I was just saying to someone last week I was craving an Empire Biscuit and he looked at me as if I'd lost my mind! lol great list, but it made me hungry.

Jill said...

# 10 is totaly sweet!! I think they might have apreciated that gift because you put so much work into it!!!

Annie Mac said...

I love cookies but never have any in the house. I used to, and pretend they were for the kids, but I'd eat them all.

Lesley said...

Oy! Now I'm soooo hungry!!!!!!!

Red Garnier said...

Now I feel starved, LOL!!!! These look delicious, Julia. Thanks for whetting my appetite . . . now excuse me while I go rummage through my kitchen. =) LOL

Amy Ruttan said...

Oh yum, I make those no bake macaroons for my Dad. We call them haystacks. A friend showed me how to make them and I made them for my dad one Christmas and he started to cry. His mother used to make those for him, he hadn't had them in over twenty years. Not since she died.

So I have to make them for him every year.

Shortbread .... mmmmm the buttery the better.

I saw your comment on SDoS, I love Mary Stewart too. See I'll say it again, we're clones. I swear.

Robin L. Rotham said...

Chocolate and coconut...mmmmmmm. I adore those no-bake treats!

Ann said...

Great list, I think I'll have to make some cookies tomorrow. :)
Happy TT.

Tink said...

They all look delicious! Can I have one of each? ;-)
Thanks for visiting my activities TT.

Angela/SciFiChick said...

I'm pretty picky when it comes to cookies. Nothing beats a soft, gooey chocolate chip cookie.

annette said...

So glad I ate breakfast before I read this!

Never heard of Empire cookies. But they look yummy!

Dara Edmondson said...

You're killing me!!!

BP & VD said...

Don't you be drinking that Yankee owned Tim Horton's either!

Wylie Kinson said...

The choc-coconut macaroons are my fave. I make them every Christmas and eat half before they ever make it to the serving plate ;)