Falling for Cookies!

“Ah, September!  You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul…but I must confess that I love you because you are a prelude to my beloved October.” Peggy Toney Horton

In the small town where I grew up, I could walk to elementary school and back by myself.  I would even come home for lunch every day.   One of my fondest memories is picking up the pace to get home even faster when I would smell my mom’s molasses cookies permeating the crisp air.  Even though the school was a few blocks away, I could recognize that enticing aroma and knew my mom and the cookies would be waiting for me as soon as I got home.   It was the greatest feeling in the world.  Every fall, when the temperatures start dipping,  I get in the mood for baking cookies.  Here is a half dozen of great fall cookies sure to fill your home with irresitible aromas for creating happy memories for a loved one of your own and to herald in autumn.

(My childhood molasses cookie recipe is found in the monogrammed gingerbread recipe below.  My mom would cut the dough in round shapes.  Using a smaller cutter, she  would remove the center of half the cookies, creating a window similar to that of Linzer cookies.  She would sandwich a bit of her homemade raspberry jam between two soft, perfectly spiced gingerbread-molasses cookies with the jam oozing out of the peekaboo cut out of the top cookie. Pure bliss!)

Spiced Chocolate Cut Outs

Zucchini-Chocolate Chunk

Snickers Chocolate Cookies

Maple-Glazed Apple Oatmeal

Monogrammed Gingerbread

WSJ Oatmeal Raisin


21 thoughts on “Falling for Cookies!

  1. What a delightful memory Johanne, my mom used to make me cookies made of graham crackers, chocolate and sweetened condensed milk I think…I thought they were the most incredible treat, and haven’t thought about that in years! I don’t know about those zucchini cookies, but the Snickers ones are calling my name 🙂

  2. A lovely selection of Fall colors, scents and warm spices heralding the Fall weather. Your Fall leaf cookies remind me of a special recipe I had when I was baking with the 3yr old children at a private school. I must dig out that recipe and try it again after all these years. I used to tint the dough and divide it into 3 balls. Then place all one on top of the other and roll. The colors were like magic and the kids loved them. I’ll have to try some of your beautiful collection this Fall.

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