Holiday Baking

'Tis the season for baking up special treats, and we are definitely looking forward to making cookies for Santa.

The origin of leaving out milk and cookies for Santa Claus is still up for debate. NPR , opens a new windowsuggests we thank the Dutch for cookies and the Victorians for their hospitality. The History Channel, opens a new window traces the origin of the tradition in America to the Great Depression in the 1930s: parents encouraged their children to leave chocolate chip cookies for Santa to teach about generosity and the importance of being thankful for what they received.

If you are looking to add some new recipes to your collection, we hope that you will stop by your local branch (or Hoopla, opens a new window if you prefer an eBook) and check out some of our favorite cookie cookbooks!

Cookie Advent Cookbook

Celebrate Advent by baking a new cookie every day leading up to the holidays. Start on December 1 with Chocolate Edged Chocolate Chip Cookies and bake your way through to Red-Nose Rudolph cookies on Christmas Eve. Available as an eBook from Hoopla.

Dorie's Cookies

Over the course of her baking career Greenspan has created more than 300 cookie recipes. To merit her approval, every cookie had to be so special that it begged to be made again and again. Here she includes dozens of choices for cookie swaps, shows you how to make cookies unlike any you've seen before and presents those that bring out the inner tinkerer in all of us.

Cookie Love

A James Beard Award–winning chef and the owner of the popular Chicago restaurant HotChocolate, Mindy Segal is an up-and-coming chef and baker who's serious about cookies and bars. In her first cookbook, Segal provides elevated and fun interpretations of everyone's favorite sweet treats. 

One Girl Cookies

A collection of recipes from the One Girl Cookie bakery in Brooklyn, NY, including the recipes for the shop's sought-after treats, as well as the sweet story behind its beginnings. 

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