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6 Favorite Homemade, Fresh-From-the-Oven Cookie Recipes

Margie's been an online writer for several years. Her articles focus on great Southern-style recipes for any occasion.

These cookie recipes are great for everyone!

These cookie recipes are great for everyone!

All your guests will love these tasty homemade cookie recipes. Take a look at these six recipes and find out which is best for you.

  1. Lemon bars
  2. Nutty shortbread
  3. Oatmeal macaroon
  4. Flourless peanut butter
  5. Peanut butter chocolate kisses
  6. Brown sugar cookies frosted with cream cheese

Bonus Recipe: A video for a basic sugar recipe is included as well.

1. Lemon Bar Cookies

These lemony bar cookies will melt in your mouth! They make a beautiful addition to any meal! Wrap a few of these wonderful lemon bars up and give them as a gift!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

45 min

1 hour 5 min

20 bars

Ingredients for Crust

¼ cup flour
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
½ cup confectioners sugar

Instructions for Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the butter, flour, and ½ cup of confectioners sugar.
  3. Mix thoroughly and press into un-greased 13-inch x 9-inch pan
  4. Bake 20 minutes; take out of the oven, set aside.

Ingredients for Filling

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • dash salt
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • confectioners sugar

Instructions for Filling

  1. Mix the eggs, sugar lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and flour.
  2. Pour over the crust layer, continue baking 25 minutes.
  3. After removing from the oven, sift the powdered sugar over the top.
  4. Cool and cut into bars or squares.

2. Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

You must try these amazing flourless cookies. The first time I ate them, I could not believe they did not have flour as one of their ingredients. If I had not eaten one first, I probably would not have ever made them.

They are quick and easy, with only four ingredients. Hope you enjoy them as much as my bunch!


  • 1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit .
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.
  3. Roll into small balls, about 1-inch.
  4. Place the ball on a ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Using a fork pressed down each cookie making a criss cross pattern.
  6. Bake the cookies at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 7-9 minutes. Watch, all ovens cook different, should be brown on the edges and slightly puffed in the middle.

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Tips From Margie Lynn

Take these cookies to another level with these extra ingredients!

  • Chocolate chips
  • M & Ms
  • Nuts-pecans, peanuts, macadamia, walnuts or cashew

3. Nutty Shortbread Cookies

One of my husband's favorite things to eat is shortbread cookies. There are so many ways to make shortbread from simple, chocolate, chocolate chip, rosemary,

nutty to about whatever you can imagine!

You can cut them square, round or in any shape you like. The secret to these shortbread cookies is using real butter.


  • ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup butter (real butter only)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup nuts, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Sift the confectioners sugar.
  3. Beat the butter until fluffy.
  4. Gradually add the sifted confectioners sugar.
  5. Beat until light and creamy
  6. Add the vanilla extract; mix.
  7. Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  8. Add to the butter-sugar mixture.
  9. Blend thoroughly and add nuts.
  10. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
  11. Roll the dough out to ¼-inch thickness on a lightly floured board.
  12. Cut into squares or rounds, prick dough all over with a fork.
  13. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and places squares or rounds on it.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes.

Now you can eat one, when it is cool enough!

4. Peanut Butter Chocolate Kisses Cookies

What could be better than peanut butter and chocolate kisses? The kids will love them. These eye-appealing cookies would be great for a food gift, parties, bake sales or just for the family.


  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 48 Hershey's Chocolate Kisses


  1. Cream the peanut butter, sugar, butter, and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla extract.
  2. Sift the flour, baking soda, and the salt, combine with creamed mixture.
  3. Shape into balls and dip in the white sugar.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes, do not over-bake.
  5. While cookies are hot, place a chocolate kiss on each cookie. Remove to a baking rack to cool.
  6. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

5. Oatmeal Macaroon Cookies

These oatmeal cookies are deliciously coated in a cinnamon-sugar mixture before baking. I have given them as gifts at Christmas many times.


  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups 3 minute oatmeal
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar, for dipping


  1. Melt the butter in saucepan or a microwave.
  2. Mix the brown and granulated white sugar with the melted butter in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in the flour, oatmeal, baking soda, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract, beaten eggs, coconut, pecans, and cinnamon.
  4. Put in the refrigerator and chill well, this makes it easier to work with the dough.
  5. Roll in small balls, then dip in ½ cup granulated white sugar.
  6. Place on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Store in air tight container.

Tips From Margie Lynn

  • You may double or triple the recipe for the amount of cookies you like.
  • Do not over cook.

6. Brown Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

You cannot eat only one of these moist and scrumptious cookies with brown sugar and almond flavoring! Do I have your mouth watering yet?

I like to make this recipe for my cut-out Christmas cookies. The kids love decorating them with cream cheese or butter cream frosting.

Ingredients for Cookies

  • 2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup butter

Instructions for Cookies

  1. In a large mixing bowl cream together the brown sugar and butter.
  2. Add the vanilla extract, almond extract, and eggs. Mix well.
  3. Mix the flour, baking power, and salt; add to creamed mixture, combining well.
  4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Cut into desired shapes using a cookie cutter.
  6. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on an un-greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 9-12 minutes, do not overbake.

Ingredients for Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instruction for Frosting

  1. Beat the cream cheese, almond and vanilla with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth.
  2. Add the powdered sugar gradually, mix well until it reaches desired consistency.
  3. You will use between 3 and 3-1/2 cups of powdered sugar.
  4. Frost the cooled cookies.
  5. Refrigerate or freeze.

Tips From Margie Lynn

  • You may use a butter cream frosting with some almond extract
  • These cookies make a great gift any time of the year.
  • Cookies freeze well.
  • Refrigerate cookies with cream cheese frosting.

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