Black & White Chocolate Shortbread Cookie

Black & White Chocolate Shortbread Cookie

This is my favorite chocolate shortbread of all time! Crisp and light shortbread with a beautiful dark and white chocolate coating. This is my favorite chocolate shortbread of all time. It is beautifully crisp and delicious. It was inspired by a chocolate shortbread recipe I found in a library cookbook 20 years ago. My children were in their library class and I was indulging in recipe studying during my few moments alone..

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#1 Chocolate Chip Cookie

#1 Chocolate Chip Cookie

The bread and butter of my cookie repertoire. The one I have baked hundreds of times, maybe a thousand. Not too sweet, full of flavor, just the kind you imagine when you crave a good chocolate chip cookie! So, how did this recipe come to be? How is it possible that one could spend 15 years of baking and cookie creating and still be disappointed with a basic chocolate chip cookie? Getting this recipe right was a big deal for me…

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Pumpkin Cookie with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cookie with Cream Cheese Frosting

A perfectly spiced pumpkin cookie topped with creamy cream cheese frosting is made even better in both looks and taste by the addition of a single pecan on top. This pumpkin cookie is a true gem. I have to admit that I’m not usually very fond of the fall “pumpkin spice” blend. It always feels unbalanced, with too many cloves or nutmeg that overpower the pumpkin flavor. Rest assured, I’ve done my homework here and this cookie…

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are packed with pumpkin, spices, and chocolate. If my husband had to choose one cookie to eat for the rest of his life this would be his choice! I have a confession. I don’t usually like nutmeg in pumpkin recipes. My favorite pumpkin pie recipe is Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie recipe, found on the canned pumpkin label. One of the reasons I love it is because it has no nutmeg. When I first tried this Pumpkin Chocolate…

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Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men

The most delicious, easy gingerbread that not only looks good but tastes good, too! No chilling required for this scrumptious soft dough! I didn’t use to like gingerbread men. That was all there was to it. I loathe waiting for cookie dough to chill and then to be left with an overly floury, crunchy cookie with a poor balance of spices just didn’t feel worth the effort. One day, I got the hair-brained idea to convert one of my existing recipes into a…

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Gingersnap Cookie

Gingersnap Cookie

As a newlywed, I was making a batch of cookies from a famous cookbook that my family had always kept around. Disappointed with yet another lackluster cookie, I snapped the book shut and declared there were no good cookie recipes in the world. (This was, of course, before the internet. I’m aging myself now.) For Christmas, my husband and I went to Pennsylvania to spend the holidays with his family. Mom pulled some gingersnaps…

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Peanut Butter Cookie

Peanut Butter Cookie

With a higher proportion of peanut butter to flour than many recipes, this cookie is just about perfect. Chewy with a moist interior, it’s kind of like a drink of water when you are thirsty but better! I have eaten peanut butter cookies that are heavy, peanut butter cookies that are dry, peanut butter cookies that masquerade as peanut butter cookies with only a whiff of actual peanut butter. I have eaten peanut butter cookies…

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Frosted Sugar Cookie

Frosted Sugar Cookie

This cookie is my personal weakness. A simple, flavorful sugar cookie pairs with a rich, buttery vanilla frosting for the perfect marriage. The first time I made sugar cookies from the ol’ family cookbook, they weren’t as flavorful as I remembered. I knew I needed to fix this problem. With big sugar cookie flavor in mind, I began recipe testing. I really feel that a good sugar cookie needs to be just sliiiightly salty to…

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Pennsylvania Tango Cookie

Pennsylvania Tango Cookie

A Tango takes two. It takes romance and drama. Chocolate and peanut butter dance and swirl together in perfect balance in this cookie. Pennsylvania is home to quite a few chocolate companies. The famous Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was created in 1928 in Pennsylvania. To this day, the locals love peanut butter and chocolate treats. This recipe was created in our home kitchen in central Pennsylvania…

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

Do you have a brownie in cookie form? You do now! The brown sugar, chocolate chips, and cocoa in this recipe snuggle up to your taste buds with the pleasing chew of a brownie. A chocolate chocolate chip cookie – I wanted one. In fact, I needed one. Not the fudgy, super chocolatey Chocolate Crackle Cookie, I already had that. No, this needed to be a chocolate chip cookie, but with a chocolate dough. It needed enough chocolate…

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Graham Slam Cookie

Graham Slam Cookie

Graham cracker with chocolate! How can you go wrong? All the glory of a s’more, marshmallow optional. This cookie highlights the graham flavor which melds into the milk chocolate scrumptiousness. This cookie’s original name is Jake, the Graham Cracker Cookie. It’s the name we sold it under in the cookie shop. Our customers knew it as “The Jake”. Our family still calls it “The Jake.” The original name came about at my kitchen…

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Coconut Lime Shortbread

Coconut Lime Shortbread

Coconut and lime pair together in this shortbread for a refreshing cookie experience. These cookies are crisp, light, and melt in your mouth. Shortbread cookies are just so satisfying to make. The dough is simple and you can fit a lot of dough on the cookie sheet as it does not spread out much. And just as soon as they cool, they are beautifully crisp and stay that way for two weeks if properly stored in an airtight container…

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Hi, I’m Missy. Welcome to Taste Before Beauty. For 28 years I’ve been developing recipes that taste delicious, before they look delicious.

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