This is Part 2 of our survey of Food Editors' holiday cookie recipe choices. Here's Part 1.
Providence Journal Food Editor Gail Ciampa's personal bake-off has ended with a platter full of tested cookie recipes, far right: Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti, Pistachio Biscochitos, Amaretti con Pignoli, Chocolate-Dipped Espresso Shortbread Cookies, Bananas Foster Bars, Cranberry Almond Cookies, Sweet Italian Cookies with Lemon Glaze, Macadamia Ginger Crunch Drops, Gluten-Free Crunchy Fudge Cookies.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies, at right.
The Sparta (Tenn.) Expositor keeps it simple: Quick and easy cookies for holiday festivities offers Pecan snowballs, Almond cookies, Wake up! Breakfast Cookies. (When I was small, "breakfast cookies" were totally forbidden.)
The Salt Lake Tribune snags recipes from local celebs we've never heard of: Pfeffernüsse (German "Pepper Nut" Cookie), Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies, Chocolate Bit Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Gingersnaps, Apricot Almond Thumbprint Cookies, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies.
AND, they keep going: Split seconds, Biscochitos, Jewish cookie, Orange carrot cookies, Grownup sandwich cookies, Lime-glazed coconut snowballs, Ruth's oatmeal cookies, Cranberry crumb bars, Chocolate peppermint cookies, Utah celebrities share favorite cookie recipes, Nutmeg logs (pictured at left), Lizzies, Almond crescents, Super soft sugar cookies, Lizzy's chocolate-dipped peanut butter cookies, Date-nut pinwheels, Gingerbread cookies, Cocoa pecan balls, Brandy snaps, Caramel peanut melt bars , Painted sugar cookies
The San Francisco Chronicle's Amanda Gold is sophisticated, like these Italian Peach Cookies (Pesche) and Molasses-Black Pepper Cookies.
Moscow-Pullman (Idaho) Daily News: Granny's Sugar Cookies -- simple, traditional, classic.
The Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader: Holiday cookie contest celebrates the sweetest season contains no recipes -- they're all in a downloadable pdf you could print with a holly border and give as a cookie cookbook to a young baker. Its recipes: Tea Party Tuesday Cookies, Holiday Biscotti, Caramel Shortbread Cookies, Dawn's Christmas Cut-Out Cookies, Dawn's Christmas Cut-Out Cookies, Chocolate Orange Thumbprints, Dainty Christmas Cookies, Confetti Caramel Bars, Swedish Shortbread, Chocolate Carmel Cookie Cups, Gluten-Free Chewy Brownie Cookies, Cashew Cream Cookies, Candy Bar Cookies, "A Little Something" Sugar Cookies, Rolled Sugar Cookies, Jen's Sugar Cookies, Holiday Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle comes back this week with yet another recipe, this one for buttery Apricot Flowers, at right.
Bend (Ore.) Bulletin: Sweet Hanukkah includes Sara Shupack's Hanukkah Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Cream Cheese Rugelach, Soufganiot (Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts).
Gaylord (Minn.) Herald Times: Sugar and spice and everything ... nice! publishes instructions for Pizzelles, Gloria's Norwegian Christmas Cookies, Gingerbread Biscotti, Russian Teacakes, Snow on the Mountain Cookies.
El Dorado Hills Telegraph (Calif.) has Ranger Cookies, appropriately. They contain oatmeal, Rice Krispies and nuts.
Batavia (N.Y.) Daily News: Chocolate Gingerbread Boys and Girls, pictured at left. (Earlier versions of this post erroneously credited this recipe to the New York Daily News; a note from the Lifestyles editor of the Batavia Daily News set us straight.)
Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate: Gingerbread Cookies recipe ends with a useful tip: "To make a hole for hanging the cookies on a tree, wreath or in a window, break a toothpick in half and rotate the wide end in the dough. Bake the toothpick in the cookie and rotate it again before cooling the cookies on a rack."
Oregonian staffers pitch in their own favorite cookies recipes: Apricot-Orange Shortbread Bars, Starlight Crisps, Apricot-Orange Shortbread Bars, Starlight Crisps, Candied Ginger-Cardamom Bars, Ambrosia Macaroons, Gingerbread Cookies, Royal Icing, Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Cookies With Peppermint Crunch, Pecan Tassies, Gluten-free Chocolate Espresso Chewies, Anise Seed Cookies with Lemon Glaze.
And, if you want to make your own rugelach, Rugelach has cookie greatness all rolled up offers tips and two recipes: Ultimate Rugelach and Margaret Hasson's Rugelach -- "the best" -- pictured at right.
Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat's Stocking stuffers: Recipes to deliver to friends and family doesn't include any cookies, but these confections are too tempting to omit: Maple Candied Walnuts, Easy Baked Toffee, Microwave Pistachio Brittle, Magic Mint Chocolate Bark, Cookies and Cream Fudge, Chocolate Cookie Bark, Milk-Chocolate Almond Brickle, Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows, Simple Or Basic Truffles, Cranberry Orange Vodka.